LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three outstanding individuals have joined or assumed new roles on the University of Louisville men's basketball staff as announced today by Cardinals' head coach Rick Pitino.
Kareem Richardson, an assistant coach the past season at Xavier University and a 15-year collegiate coaching veteran, has joined the UofL staff in a similar capacity under Pitino. Andre McGee, a program assistant at UofL for the past three seasons and a former Cardinal letterman, will serve as the Cardinals' Director of Basketball Operations. Doug Davenport, a program assistant at Xavier for the past two years, is the Cardinals' new Director of Video Operations.
Richardson made the most of his season at Xavier, helping the Musketeers reach the NCAA Sweet 16 and the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last season while posting a 23-12 record. He helped the Musketeers land a Top 20 recruiting class in 2011.
Richardson, 37, had joined Xavier from Drake University, where he had been the head assistant coach for three seasons. He has also served on the basketball staffs at Missouri-Kansas City, Evansville, Indiana State, Wright State and Indianapolis.
"A few years back, I almost hired this young man," Pitino said. "Ralph (Willard) and I were about as impressed with the interview as anybody we've met with. Kareem (Richardson) is terrific at all facets of the game, and that's what I was looking for. As you all know, Richard did a bulk of the scouting, and Kareem did a lot of it at Drake. He's a very good X's and O's guy. He's a very hard-working recruiter and an outstanding person."
Richardson has been ranked as one of the top assistants in college basketball according to the basketball website Collegeinsider.com. He earned a reputation as a top-level recruiter during his time at Drake, serving as recruiting coordinator and helping head coach Mark Phelps secure the top-rated recruited class in the Missouri Valley Conference in two out his three years there. In his first year as assistant coach at Drake, Richardson helped lead the Bulldogs to post-season play during the 2008-09 season, in the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Prior to Drake, Richardson was the top assistant with the UMKC men's basketball program for the 2007-08 season. Richardson served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Evansville from 2003-07, one season (2002-03) at Wright State, as well as a stint at Indiana State (1999-2002). Richardson's coaching career began at the University of Indianapolis from 1997-99.
Richardson helped Indiana State enjoy some tremendous success. In 2000, he helped the Sycamores reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Larry Bird era in the late 1970s. A year later in 2001, Indiana State topped No. 4 seed Oklahoma to advance to the second round of the NCAAs.
As a player, Richardson played in an NCAA Tournament as a freshman at East Carolina University. He then transferred to Evansville in 1995 and quickly established himself as the Purple Aces' top point guard. Richardson, who was a team captain two years, was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference all-academic team in both 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he received notoriety on the MVC all-underrated team. He was a first team all-state selection at Rantoul (Ill.) Township High School in 1992 and was twice named conference player of the year.
Richardson, who was born in Tacoma, Wash., graduated from Evansville with a bachelor's degree in telecommunication and interpersonal communication in 1997 and received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis in 1999. He and his wife, Greta, have three children, Jasmiyn, Amari and Andre.
Richardson replaces Richard Pitino, who left the Cardinal staff in April to become head coach at Florida International.
"We're excited to have Andre continue with us in his new role," said Pitino. "He's been learning for the last two years and has been extremely loyal to our program. He knows everything we do inside and out. I'm excited he is getting a break to move toward the coaching ranks."
As a program assistant with UofL, McGee's primary duties included assisting in opponent scouting through extensive film breakdowns, game preparation and assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts.
The Cardinals co-captain when he averaged 5.3 points as a senior, McGee was an aggressive on-the-ball defender whose team contributions didn't always appear in the box score. A starter in 57 career games, McGee was a double-figure scorer in 18 games, including 10 vs. Syracuse in the championship game of the BIG EAST Tournament in 2009. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in McGee's senior year.
McGee earned a degree in exercise science at UofL in 2009 and played professional basketball for Phoenix Hagen in Germany the following season before his return to work on the Louisville staff in January of 2010.
McGee replaces Mark Lieberman, who left the Cardinals to become an assistant coach at his alma mater FIU under Richard Pitino.
"Doug is a basketball junkie," said Pitino. "He's worked extremely hard at Xavier, where their coaches give him nothing but the highest marks. We're excited to bring him home to work with our program."
While at Xavier, Davenport's primary responsibility was coordinating the program's video operations, including film breakdown, film exchange, and evaluation video for Xavier players. He also assisted the coaching staff in limited on-court activities during practice, as well as, advance scouting, on-campus recruiting, and assisting with the team's academics.
Davenport played four years at NCAA Division II Bellarmine, where his father Scott served as the head coach. A Louisville native, Davenport was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection and 2010 cum laude graduate of Bellarmine, where he earned his degree in political science. He completed a master's degree in sport administration at Xavier in 2012.
Davenport was team captain as a senior in 2010 when Bellarmine won its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Championship. The Knights advanced to the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournament, advancing to the 2009 Sweet 16. His senior class tied for the second most wins during any four-year span in program history at the time.
Davenport replaces Matt Morris
, who served as the Cardinals video coordinator for five years before departing for a career in Christian ministry.