Ralph Richards


P.O. Box 139
Claremont, Western Australia 6010


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Biographical Sketch

Dr Ralph Richards is currently the Coaching and Development Co-ordinator for Australian Swimming Inc. Prior to this appointment he held the following positions in Australian sport:

During his senior coaching career Ralph placed swimmers on Olympic, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Pan Pacific and World University Games Teams. He was appointed the Head Coach of the Victorian State Team on their China tour of 1985; served as an Assistant Coach on the 1988 Olympic Team (Seoul); Head Coach of the 1991 World University Games Team (Sheffield), and headed Australia's altitude training program in 1992 (Colorado Springs). He coached backstroker Nicole Stevenson (nee Livingstone) throughout her age-group career and guided her to a World Short-Course Record in the 200m and an Olympic Bronze medal in 1992 (Barcelona).

Ralph completed his Doctoral Degree program in 'Human Performance Studies' from Indiana University in 1982, under the direction of Dr James (Doc) Counsilman. From 1976 through mid-'82 he served as a research assistant to Doc and helped run the summer camp and club programs at IU. During a single season sojourn as an NCAA Division III coach in 1980-81, he brought the Albion College men's and women's swimming teams to national attention (top 10 finish for the women).

Ralph's coaching history goes back to 1973 when he first emigrated to Australia as a mathematics teacher posted to Townsville; he began working with a local swimming club and a new career soon began. During his swimming career he was a nationally ranked age-group swimmer, a scholarship athlete at Eastern Michigan University, and a member of EMU's National (i.e. NAIA) Champion Swimming Teams of the late 1960's.

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