In honor of her dedication, Otterbein University would like to recognize Connie Richardson and the history of the women’s basketball program in a very special way.

Connie E. Richardson Women’s Basketball Endowment

After 28 years with Otterbein, head women’s basketball coach, Connie Richardson retired from coaching last spring to focus on a full-time administrative role within the Athletics department. Connie has given so much to Otterbein and the women’s basketball program while achieving great competitive outcomes, ranking fourth in the OAC for most coaching wins at 382, earning two OAC Coach of the Year awards, and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Connie E. Richardson Women’s Basketball Endowment at Otterbein University. In order to honor her years of commitment, this fund will be used to provide additional long term operating support to the women’s basketball program. The funding will be unrestricted and can be used in any way to support the competitive experience of Otterbein’s women’s basketball student-athletes. (Please note, however, the funding cannot be used for athletic scholarships.) The fund needs an initial principal investment of $25,000 in order to begin. Following this initial investment, the basketball programs will be able to spend 4% of the principal amount each year. So, it is advantageous to grow the principal as much as possible in order to best serve the women’s basketball program.

The Otterbein Athletics Department needs your help in contributing to this fund to honor Connie and the women’s basketball program. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 so that the fund can be available for use as soon as possible.

Connie Richardson

Connie Richardson (at right), Senior Associate Athletic Director and former Women's Basketball Head Coach (1991-2019)

There are various opportunities for alumni and friends of the program to assist our efforts and get involved:

  • Individual Contributions: Any financial contribution that you can afford is helpful. You can give online at Please denote “other” in the designation and specify “Richardson Endowment” in the next line.
  • Team Contributions: Collaborate with your former teammates or come together as a group to contribute to the fund.
  • Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities: If your employer may be interested in getting involved in supporting this opportunity, please contact me at 614-823-3518.

Please note, all contributions are tax deductible!

In addition to the personal satisfaction you receive by donating to the fund, all individual donors who contribute $250 and above will be recognized on signage inside the Rike Center. Individuals who collaborate with team members or provide a group gift of $500 or more will also be recognized as a group on the signage.

The Richardson Endowment will be a part of the proud legacy that Connie has established here at Otterbein and will once again honor the program that all of you had the privilege to play for.

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