WALL — When first-year Wall girls basketball coach Kevin Richardson was hired to replace the highly successful Tate Lombard in June, he knew he was being given the keys to a basketball Ferrari.
He knew there would be expectations. He knew there would be pressure.
And that’s just the way he wanted it.
Lombard, who resigned last spring to join the staff of his father (legendary girls coach Joe Lombard) in Canyon, charted more than 200 wins and two Class 3A state titles during his tenure at Wall.
That left Richardson with one of the toughest acts to follow in all of Texas high school girls basketball.
Richardson, however, who had coached at Class 3A Canadian for 18 seasons prior to coming to WHS, was comfortable with it all. So comfortable, in fact, that he didn’t hesitate to introduce a new system at a place that had known nothing but success for decades.