Coaches

Kris Richard
Defensive Back/Cornerbacks
College:
USC
Experience:
3

Richard begins his seventh season in the NFL, sixth overall in Seattle and third in the NFL coaching ranks, all with the Seahawks. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2005) as a cornerback.

He was promoted to his current position on January 18, 2011, after spending the 2010 season as assistant defensive backs coach. He joined the club on February 4, 2010.

Richard begins his seventh season in the NFL, sixth overall in Seattle and third in the NFL coaching ranks, all with the Seahawks. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2005) as a cornerback.

He was promoted to his current position on January 18, 2011, after spending the 2010 season as assistant defensive backs coach. He joined the club on February 4, 2010.

Richard’s 2011 defensive backs squad was one of the NFL’s most-improved, totaling 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

His group saw the emergence of a CFL allstar in training camp in Brandon Browner, and a fifth-round find in Richard Sherman after injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond. Browner led the team with six interceptions and set Seattle’s single-season record for interception return yards (220) and longest return (94t). A Pro Bowl participant, Browner also tied Seattle records with an interception in four straight games and returning two picks for touchdowns in a single-season.

Sherman made the most of his 10 starts, tying for third in Seattle history in most interceptions by a rookie with four.

Prior to Seattle, he spent two seasons (2008-09) as a graduate assistant at USC, working with the defensive backs.

In 2008, safety Taylor Mays was an All- American first-team pick for the second consecutive year and also was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, while safety Kevin Ellison made his second consecutive All-Pac-10 first team. Ellison and cornerback Cary Harris were NFL sixth-round draft picks following the season, and Mays was a 2010 second-round pick.

Originally a third-round pick (85th overall) by Seattle, Richard played in 38 games with one start for Seattle from 2002-04 before playing one season in San Francisco.

Richard lettered four years (1998-2001) at USC, starting his final three seasons. He had eight career interceptions and returned three for touchdowns, along with 125 tackles, 19 deflections and two fumble recoveries.

He was a prep All-American cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver at Serra High in Gardena, Calif., where he also ran track and was a member of Serra’s 1996 state championship 400-meter relay team.

He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from USC in 2002 and is working on his master’s degree in communication management.

Born on October 28, 1979, he and his wife, Chandra, have a daughter, Alyssa, and a son, Aiden.

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