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Richards steps down as Alabama A&M women’s basketball coach

HUNTSVILLE — Margaret Richards has stepped down as the women’s basketball head coach at Alabama A&M University, Director of Athletics Dr. Paul A. Bryant announced Tuesday.

In a statement, Bryant said Richards stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

“We are grateful for the dedication and effort that Coach Richards has shown during her tenure with the Alabama A&M University women’s basketball program,” Bryant said. “Her commitment to our student-athletes has been unwavering, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

This season, Richards squad won 15 games, including going 10-4 at the AAMU Event Center and had non-conference victories over Tennessee Tech, UAH, North Alabama, South Carolina State and Chicago State.  She coached All-SWAC Freshman of the Year Kaylah Turner and All-Second Team performer Amiah Simmons.

Notably, Richards is the only coach in program history to not only sweep rival Alabama State but did it twice.

A national search will begin immediately, Bryant said.

During her eight seasons in Huntsville, Richards has compiled a 97-125 record, with six trips to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament and reaching the tourney semifinals during the 2019-2020 season. In addition, she compiled a 69-70 mark in conference play. During the 2021-2022 season, Richards elevated the program to a second-place finish in the conference, notching a program-best 13 conference wins.

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