UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – University of Richmond Spiders head men’s lacrosse coach Dan Chemotti completed his coaching staff on Monday, adding Paul Richards as defensive coordinator and Steve Layne as an assistant coach.
Along with running the defense, Richards will also assist with the face-off unit including wing play, while Layne will assist Richards will all facets of the defense and focus primarily on the fundamentals, technique and mechanics of the close defensemen. Layne will also assist with the goalies.
“Being able to announce Paul Richards and Steve Layne as assistant coaches for the University of Richmond is a tremendous day for our program,” Chemotti remarked. “Both individuals are great coaches, but far more importantly, they are great people. Having been fortunate enough to coach both Coach Richards and Coach Layne when they were student-athletes, I am well aware of the strong morals, values, and work ethic that makes them the successful coaches they are.”
Richards comes to Richmond after serving as an assistant coach at Cornell University for the past three seasons. At Cornell, Richards was in charge of face-offs and substitutions, while also assisting with all facets of the offensive and defensive units. Richards also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Big Red during his time.
During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Richards helped direct a face-off unit that ranked 14th and 16th in the nation, respectively, with a 55 percent rate. Richards also assisted an offense that ranked in the top-10 nationally the past three years.
Prior to his time at Cornell, Richards spent the 2010 season working as the senior assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Washington College after spending one year as a volunteer assistant coach at Goucher College in 2009.
As a player, Richards was a first-team All-ECAC selection and North-South Senior All-Star at Loyola while serving as a team captain in 2008. He was also named to the preseason Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List as a senior and was tabbed as a 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American.
Richards finished his college career with 29 goals, 27 assists and 159 groundballs. Following graduation, he was the 37th overall pick in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Draft and appeared in six games for the Washington Bayhawks.
Also joining Chemotti’s staff in Richmond is Layne, who served as the Director of Lacrosse Operations at his alma mater, Loyola University, since September of 2012.
As part of his responsibilities at Loyola, Layne assisted in developing and maintaining the annual operational budget, as well as overseeing all purchases and contractual agreements as it pertained to the program. Layne also supervised the team manager and video coordinator, while helping organize and direct on-campus recruiting visits.
A standout for the Greyhounds, Layne was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Loyola, earning All-ECAC First-Team honor in 2010 and second-team laurels in 2009.
Following his senior season in which he had 32 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers and helped the Greyhounds advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career, Layne was named an USILA All-American. As a team, Loyola finished third nationally in scoring defense that season. In his four years on the Greyhounds' defense, Layne picked up 107 ground balls and caused 46 turnovers.