Prior to joining WBA, Jeremy has coached and instructed at various age levels spanning the last five years. Coach Richardson started his coaching career in 2013 with the Chico American Legion Baseball program, beginning work with the organization’s 17u Chico Suns. Richardson served the Chico Legion program for a total of four consecutive summers, hailing better development and better game results each subsequent season. Jeremy spent the spring season of 2015 as JV Head Coach at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, CA before returning back to Nampa, ID in order to help assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University. Richardson’s duties while coaching at NNU for the last two years have included assisting with base running, outfield play, assisting with hitters, and first base coach. He played a prominent role in organizing and instructing NNU’s youth winter league developmental program, in addition to spending many hours instructing private/group lessons for hitting. Richardson has most recently coached in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Jeremy attended Durham High School in Durham, CA where he played four years of varsity baseball. His pitching and offense helped lead the Trojans to back to back SVL Championships his junior and senior year. Richardson played baseball year round while growing up, and upon entering high school started to play summer and fall seasons for Chico’s American Legion Baseball program, the Chico Suns and Chico Nuts. His most notable youth success occurred in the summer of 2008, where his legion team fell just one game of short of becoming California State Champions, while posting an astounding overall season record of 58-8-2.
Jeremy then went on to play at Shasta Community College in Redding, CA where he platooned in left field while also retaining a late inning pitch-hitting role during his first year. Richardson sustained a broken left wrist during the offseason of his second year which
resulted in having to medical redshirt after undergoing season-ending surgery in order to repair ligament damage in his wrist. Despite a lengthy rehab assignment, he went on to serve as the everyday left fielder and two hole hitter his final year at Shasta. Immediately following, Richardson played an impressive season in the Boise Collegiate Summer league where he lead his team in offense, thus yielding him a scholarship to division two Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Richardson showed glimpses of brilliance at the plate for the Crusaders, however he struggled offensively overall while platooning in the outfield and retaining a DH role in his two years at Northwest Nazarene. Richardson graduated from NNU in the fall of 2015 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Sports Management.
“I was never the superstar, I had to work my butt off and do all the little things right in order to separate myself from the rest. Baseball is a game of failure and that is something I did, a lot. I’ve learned from it and I am still continuing to learn. I will never hang my head or make excuses, I will continue to work hard and hustle no matter what. That is something I am very proud of and believe is a prominent reason for why I have been such a successful coach.”
Jeremy is extremely grateful for his family, most notably his mom Vicki and father Sam who taught him the importance of respect and hustle at an early age. Richardson accredits much of his life and baseball success to his father Sam, in addition to recognizing coaches and mentors, Bill Wells and Tom Stevens who continually pushed him out of his comfort zone resulting in positive growth.