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 a 167-85 record with the women’s team and a 153-76-1 mark with the men’s squad, and has over 400 combined wins in his career.
Richards has eight Coach of the Year awards to his credit, including seven Capital Athletic Conference and one Atlantic States Swim Conference honors. In every semester since Richards joined the Dickinson College staff in 1994, Dickinson’s swim teams have earned prestigious All-Academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association of America.
The Red Devil men captured the Centennial Conference dual-meet title in 2004 and placed second at the 2014 CC Championships. Jason Adams '14 earned his third Outstanding Performer of the Meet honor at the 2014 championships. In 2017, sophomore Olivia Lyman '19 received Outstanding Performer of the Meet honors, winning the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events.
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.