36- Mid-American Conference Regular Season
and or tournament championships
- First coach in school history to receive the President's Medal of Distinction when he recieved it at the 2012 Ball State commencement.
- Winningest men's tennis coach in Ball State and Mid-American Conference history, reaching two milestones in 2012
with 600 overall wins and 200 MAC victories.
- 603-349 (.633) overall record
- 201-43 (.823) conference record
- Has coached 16 undefeated regular seasons
- 19 Mid-American Conference Championships
- 2005-06 Players Matt Baccarani, along with teammate Patrick Thompson, were ranked nationally as high as fourth nationalsi n doubles.
- Winningest men's tennis coach in school and MAC history
- First MAC crown 1984
- Coached John Amos to first round singles victory at the 1994 NCAA Championships.
- Tutored former players Dan Kronauge and Paul Kruse to the
1991 Volvo Collegiate Fall Championship, which ultimately earned them the distinction of the No. 1 doubles team in the country and held that honor a good portion of the season.
- Has consistently coached Ball State teams and or players to ITA national polls, highlighted by a top 20 team ranking in 1990, and No. 1 doubles ranking and top 40 in 1992.
- Involved in U.S. National Team
- Accompanied top American junior players to Wimbledon, the French Open and U.S. Open
- Has conducted numerous clinics including the Midwest Open
- Elected as one of six Division I men's coaches to the ITA Board of Directors in 2008
- Inducted to Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993
- Awarded the Benny Award from the University in 2006, which is the top honor for his service to Ball State.
- A native of Sturgis, Mich., Richards earned a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan in 1970 and a master's degree in health and physical education from Bowling Green in 1971.
At Western Michigan, he was a three-year letterwinner in tennis
and a MAC Champion in both singles and doubles. After serving
as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green, Richards served as the head tennis coach at Portage Central High School for one year prior to his appointment at Ball State.
- Richards and his wife, Sue, have two children, Rob, (wife Wendy), and Kristi, one grandaughter Leah and one