William and Mary assistant men's tennis coach Worth Richardson

William and Mary assistant men's tennis coach Worth Richardson is a former CNU player and assistant coach. (COURTESY OF WORTH RICHARDSON / June 19, 2013)

Worth Richardson has returned to the Peninsula, just hired by William and Mary as an assistant men's tennis coach to Peter Daub.

Richardson, who originally came to the area as a Christopher Newport University player from 2002-06, has acquired a variety of experiences in tennis. Most recently, he was the head men's and women's coach at North Carolina Wesleyan for one year. The Bishops won the USA South conference men's title for the fifth consecutive season and reached the NCAA Division III tournament's round of 16. Richardson coached their top player, Robert Kjellberg, to the NCAA singles semifinals and to second place in doubles with Artsiom Prostak.

The year before, Richardson was an associate head coach at Bucknell, where he helped the Bison provide one of the 32 tandems in the NCAA Division I doubles tournament and earn the school's first national tennis ranking.

Richardson started for four years for CNU, including its 2006 USA South tournament championship squad, and he was an assistant coach for the Captains for five years -- including their 2008 USA South championship team, the first in school history to qualify for the NCAA team tournament. He graduated from CNU in 2006 with an economics degree.

He also was the head coach at Eastern View High in his native Culpeper County, twice guiding the relatively inexperienced Cyclones to the Region I semifinals, and has been the head pro at Culpeper Sport and Racket Club and the James River Country Club in Newport News.

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