UVU Hall of Fame volleyball coach will always be remembered for more than her coaching legacy.
Hall of Fame volleyball coach and associate professor of Community Health at Utah Valley University, Lori Richards passed away Feb. 4, 2012. Her love of volleyball began in Long Beach, CA where she was born.
Richards moved to Provo after accepting a scholarship to Brigham Young University. She married David Richards on May 1, 1981 and they cultivated their love for volleyball as they built up a local youth program.
Richards began her 19 year coaching career at UVSC and continued on as the school became UVU, teaching various subjects
in Community Health where she was nominated for and won many awards. In 2002, Coach Richards was inducted into both the UVSC Athletics Hall of Fame and the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame.
Coach Richards brought a love of learning to her students and her influence will live on in the ideas and knowledge that she was able to impart. Education was her passion, whether on the court or in the classroom. She began her education earning an AS in Health at Long Beach City College in 1976. Her bachelor’s in Health Education soon followed from BYU in 1979. He quest for knowledge was a lifelong pursuit and she added a masters from BYU in Health Administration in 1990.
Athletics and education aside, nothing was more important than family. She is survived by her husband of over thirty years and
her beautiful children, Lauren, Kristen, Andrew and Taylor.
By Vanessa Perkins and Jonathan Boldt
UVU Review Corespondents