Will Richard, who grew up in Beaumont and was a two-sport athlete at West Brook HS, has returned home as an assistant coach at Lamar. He was hired on June 16, 2008.
Richard spent the 2007 season as the offensive line coach at Navarro College under current Lamar head coach Ray Woodard.
The Bulldogs ranked third nationally in total offense (444.6 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (250.5 ypg) and 16th in passing offense (194.2 ypg), while scoring a school-record 428 points (35.7 ppg) in 2007.
Offensive lineman JaMarcus Webb was named first team All-America by the NJCAA and running back Tyrone Ross ranked 13th in the nation in rushing with 1,079 yards and eighth in touchdowns with 12.
All five of his starting offensive linemen signed Division I - FBS scholarships during the February 2008 signing period.
In 2006, Richard was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at South Lenoir High School in Deep Run, N.C. following a year at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. While at Blinn, the Buccaneers ranked 24th in the nation in total offense with 344.8 ypg.
He also has made stops at the University of Central Oklahoma, Tarleton State University and Trinity Valley College. At TSU, he was a student coach under current Lamar offensive coordinator Todd Whitten.
He enlisted in the Marines from 1992-96 and served tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan and Cherry Point, N.C. before going into private business for two years. Richard earned his bachelor's degree from Tarleton State in 2003 and his master's from Central Oklahoma in 2005.
He played football and baseball at West Brook and was a member of the Bruins' 1991 gridiron squad that was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state.