Darnel Richardson
Darnel  Richardson

Defensive Backs

Alma Mater:
Marshall '96

9th season at DU


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Duquesne 31, Bryant 28 (Homecoming)

Duquesne 31, Bryant 28 (Homecoming)

Coach Richardson may be reached at richard5@duq.edu.

Darnel Richardson, who was part of a 1993 Duquesne coaching staff that included current head coach Jerry Schmitt and defensive coordinator Dave Opfar, is in his ninth season on the DU staff. The McKeesport, Pa. native brings 21 years of college coaching experience to the Dukes sideline.

Richardson, who returned to coach DU's defensive backs prior to the 2010 season, coached receivers in 2013 and 2014 before moving back to the other side of the ball in 2015.

Richardson coached a pair of All-NEC performers in 2017 in First Team selection Abner Roberts and Second Team honoree Jonathant Istache. Roberts ranked second in the conference with four interceptions while Istache recorded a team-high 12 passes defended on the year.

Duquesne, which ranked 30th nationally - and first in the NEC - in fewest passing yards allowed (190.5 per game) in 2016, allowed just 13.8 yards per completion while producing All-NEC defensive back Abner Roberts.

In 2015, DU finished second in the Northeast Conference in interceptions (16) and third in the pass defense (202.8 ypg.) in earning an outright championship and the school's first NCAA FCS Championship appearance. Trenton Coles, an All-NEC cornerback, was invited to rookie camp by the Kansas City Chiefs following the season.

Duquesne led the nation in pass defense (139.3 ypg.) and ranked 6th in pass efficiency defense (100.5) in 2011, while surrendering just nine touchdown passes and posting 10 interceptions. The 2011 unit also produced third team Associated Press All-America safety Serge Kona. Despite a flurry of injuries at the cornerback spot in 2012, Duquesne led the NEC and ranked 24th nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Duquesne led the NEC in receptions and receiving yards per game under Richardson's guidance in both 2013 and 2014.

Richardson came to Duquesne after serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Opfar at Saint Francis, Pa. for eight seasons.

Prior to his stint at Saint Francis, Richardson served as offensive coordinator at West Virginia State for five seasons where he coached six first team All-WVIAC offensive players.

Richardson got his start in college coaching at DU in `93 when he mentored the running backs for first-year Dukes coach Greg Gattuso. He then moved on to Robert Morris where he served as wide receivers/tight ends and head JV coach under Joe Walton for two years.

As a player, Richardson helped South Allegheny to the 1977 WPIAL title on the way to being named WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year. He then moved on to Marshall where he led the Herd in receptions as a junior and senior in 1980 & 1981.

He fulfilled his graduation requirements from Marshall in May of 1996. Richardson has two children: Lindsey and Anthony.


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