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Robert Richardson Resigns As Men’s Soccer Coach

Didier Grillet (right) and Robert Richardson (left) discuss tactics prior to a match.
-photo courtesy of Kymn Davidson-Hamley

EMORY, Va.Robert Richardson has resigned his position as Head Men's Soccer Coach at Emory & Henry College to accept the same position at another institution, Director of Athletics Anne Crutchfield announced Saturday.

"On behalf of the Emory & Henry Athletics family, I would like to thank Coach Richardson for his service to our student-athletes," commented Crutchfield. "He has been a valued member of our Department and to the entire college community. We wish him the best as he transitions into his new role."

Richardson spent seven seasons at E&H (2013-19), and leaves the program as its all-time winningest coach with 36 victories. In 2016, he guided the Wasps to their first winning season in 21 years, as they posted a 10-8-1 record.

During his time at Emory & Henry, Richardson saw two different players earn a total of five All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors (Jordan Couch, Tyequis Stallins). Stallins holds the honor of being the first player in school history to be named to an all-conference team in three different seasons. Couch finished his career as the program's most-prolific scorer with 34 career goals, 21 goals in a season (2016) and tying the record for goals in a match (four).

Assistant Coach Didier Grillet (pronounced DID-e-ay GREE-ay), who has spent the last three years on the Wasps' coaching staff, will serve as Interim Head Coach for the 2020 season. A 2018 Emory & Henry graduate and four-year men's soccer letterwinner at the goalkeeper position (2013-16), Grillet holds the school records for matches won and shutouts and is third all-time in saves. As a senior in 2016, he earned seven of the team's 10 wins, bagging four shutouts and 85 saves.