LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Clayton Richard is no stranger to Greater Lafayette athletic programs. The former Indiana Mr. Baseball and Mr. Football Richard will join the football coaching staff at Lafayette Jeff as a quarterbacks coach.
— JD Arland (@ArlandJD) June 18, 2021
Richard was named Mr. Football in 2002 and Mr. Baseball in 2003 during his time at McCutcheon high school. The Lafayette native played for the University of Michigan before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
Richard was a pitcher in the MLB from 2008-2019. After being traded by the White Sox, he spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, and San Diego Padres. Richard closed out the 2019 season with a 4.51 Career ERA and a (69-84) record on the mound. The former Maverick played in 275 games in the majors.
This will be the first year of Richard's career as a football coach.
Lafayette Jeff head football coach Pat Shanley shared the news on Twitter on Sunday morning, adding "We have no doubt that he will bring a lot more [to] our kids/program that extends beyond coaching our QB's."
Coach @CRThrees will be working with Quarterbacks in his first year with @BronchoFB. We are excited to have Coach Richard on staff and we have no doubt that he will bring a lot more our kids/program that extends beyond coaching our QB's. #AGNB #TNG pic.twitter.com/0sly8hVfCQ
— Lafayette Jeff FB (@BronchoFB) May 30, 2021
The Bronchos finished the 2020-2021 campaign with a (10-1) overall record. Starting quarterback Brady Preston will enter his senior season under the direction of Richard.
Sports 18 is in the process of producing a full-length story on Richard's arrival to the Jeff coaching staff. That piece will be completed and posted this week.