Nona Richardson
Nona  Richardson

Executive Senior Athletics Director


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Nona Richardson was named Senior Associate Athletics Director at UC Davis in March 2007 before assuming Director of Athletics duties on an interim basis in for the 2011-12 academic year following the retirement of Greg Warzecka. She currently serves as Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director. She has brought extensive experience to her role at UC Davis which includes overseeing compliance, student services and sports medicine programs, as well as sport supervision.

Richardson has experienced intercollegiate athletics from a variety of roles, most recently during her tenure at Ball State, where she served as the senior woman administrator. There she oversaw daily operations for sports medicine, and strength and conditioning while also supervising seven sports, including women's basketball and women's volleyball.Her contributions at Ball State also included student-athlete services, community outreach programming, career development education, student-athlete awards, and other related areas while also serving as a Title IX and gender equity resource.

Prior to Ball State, Richardson was Associate Director of Athletics and SWA at Valparaiso University for seven years, where she served in similar capacities while also serving as Compliance Coordinator for the 18-sport athletics program. Her duties also involved student-athlete eligibility, event management and other key administrative responsibilities.

Richardson has served on numerous committees throughout her distinguished career, including the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee (2000-02) and Volleyball Officials Sub-Committee (2001-02). She has also been a member of committees for the Mid-Continent Conference and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), the latter for which she also served as a board member. Richardson has presented at several national conferences, is a member of NACWAA and the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports, and has won several awards including NACWAA's Dr. Nell Jackson Award (2000).

Her athletics administrative tenure was preceded by a volleyball coaching career that was highlighted by head coaching positions at Eastern Michigan (1987-95) and Valparaiso (1996-99) and an assistant coaching assignment at Kentucky (1984-87). Richardson was also an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in 1991.

Richardson was a standout volleyball player at Michigan State (1978-81) where she was a team co-captain, MVP and a member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-State team.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Michigan State in 1983 and her Master of Arts and Liberal Studies in Human Behavior and Society from Valparaiso University in 1999.