Paul Richards

Paul Richards

  • Title:
    Chair of Physical Education/Aquatics Director/Head M&W Swimming Coach
  • Phone:
    717-245-1523
  • Email:
    richards@dickinson.edu
  • Previous College:
    Bloomsburg University

Coach Paul Richards joined the Dickinson staff in 1994 following a highly successful career at Mary Washington College in Virginia. Since coming to Dickinson, he has posted a 193-98 record with the women’s team and a 168-92-1 mark with the men’s program. Overall for his career, he has 495 combined wins, entering the 2019-20 season.

Richards has nine Coach of the Year awards to his credit, including seven Capital Athletic Conference honors and one each in the Atlantic States Swim Conference and the Centennial Conference. In every semester since Richards joined the Dickinson College staff in 1994, at least one of Dickinson’s swim teams have earned prestigious All-Academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. During his career, Richards produced seven All-Americans at Hartwick, 11 at UMW and has added nine more honors here at Dickinson.

The Red Devil men captured the Centennial Conference dual-meet title in 2004 and placed second at the 2014 CC Championships. Jason Adams '14 also earned his third Outstanding Performer of the Meet honor in 2014 and was a four-time All-American, earning honors in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly in 2011 and adding the 100 back again in 2012 while also joining the 200 free relay.

In 2017, sophomore Olivia Lyman '19 received Outstanding Performer of the Meet honors, winning the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events. Lyman finished her career with four straight conference titles in the 1000 freestyle and three straight in the 1650 freestyle.

Lyman holds school records in the 800 free relay and the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle events. In addition, she holds the Centennial Conference and Centennial Conference Championship Meet records in the 500-freestyle, clocking a mark of 4:54.50 in 2016. She swam to a pair of All-America honors in 2019 and was named Fulbright Scholar.

Before Richards arrived at Dickinson, he had a highly successful career at Mary Washington College in Virginia where he led his team to nine conference championships. He is an accomplished aquatics clinician and coach and has received numerous awards and citations during his career.

He is a 1975 graduate of Bloomsburg and earned a M.S. in sports sciences and aquatics administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

In addition to his coaching and teaching duties, Richards also oversees the operations of Dickinson's year-round aquatics facility and is the Chair of Physical Education.