KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson, a former News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year from Rantoul, has been hired as the basketball coach at Missouri-Kansas City, where he’ll try to rebuild a program heading to a new conference next season.
Richardson agreed to a five-year deal worth $250,000 annually. He’ll remain with the top-seeded Cardinals for the NCAA tournament. Louisville opens against North Carolina A&T or Liberty on Thursday in Lexington, Ky.
Richardson has ties to UMKC after serving as an assistant from 2007-08. He’s also been an assistant at Wright State, Indiana State, Xavier, Drake and his alma mater, Evansville.
The 38-year-old coach takes over for Matt Brown, who was fired after five seasons with the `Roos leaving the Summit League for the Western Athletic Conference next season.