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Lanesville nabs Richards to lead girls’ basketball

Lanesville nabs Richards to lead girls’ basketball
Lanesville nabs Richards to lead girls’ basketball
Madeline Richards (click for larger version)

Concluding six years playing and coaching college basketball, Madeline Richards has made her way back to Hoosier basketball.
Richards was recently accepted to the head coaching position to lead the Lanesville girls’ varsity basketball team.
Last year, Richards was on the Floyd Central High School girls’ basketball staff, part of the 25-2 Class 4A Regional championship squad.
Familiarity to the region is a plus for Richards. She played four years at Floyd Central before accepting a scholarship to play at Lincoln Memorial University, a NCAA Division II school in Tennessee. Upon completion of her playing career, Richards spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina.
‘Then last year, came back home and helped coach at Floyd Central,’ Richards said. ‘We had a pretty good season last year, and it was great to be part of that. I was looking for another step, and Lanesville caught my eye and I pursued this coaching opportunity. Basketball is my love.’
Richards was to have her first meeting with players today (Wednesday).
‘During club period, I am going to have a meet-and-greet with the girls. Most, I know, play other sports in the fall, but we want to see what is best for setting up open gyms. I’m looking forward to that,’ she said. ‘I’m just really excited for the opportunity. The people I have met have been supportive already. I am excited to meet the girls. We’re open to all girls coming out.’
Richards succeeds Bill Krammes, who stepped down to accept an assistant principal job at New Albany High School. Krammes guided Lanesville for four seasons and led the Lady Eagles to an 11-12 record in 2009-10.
Krammes and Richards are linked in another way: Richards played basketball for Krammes when he was head coach at Floyd Central.
‘He was very supportive of this opportunity,’ Richards said. ‘I’ve talked to him several times lately, and I’m sure he moved this program into the right direction.’
As far as coaching philosophy, Richards will take her knowledge from different places and merge what she’s picked up.
‘My philosophy is kind of a melting pot of those I have coached under or played for,’ she said. ‘I’m taking the best parts of each of them and mold them into my own system. Fundamentals are going to be huge for me. In the Hoosier state, fundamentals are important. We will work big time on that. We will stress fundamentals and making good decisions.’
Richards earned her master’s degree in counseling and is currently a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Floyds Knobs and Corydon.