Brandon Richards is in his third season as a volunteer assistant coach at Baylor and works with the pole vaulters.
In his first season assisting newly-retired Danny Brabham, Richards helped junior Annie Rhodes win her career-first Big 12 title as she claimed the conference's outdoor crown. During the outdoor season, Richards helped Rhodes to five other meet titles, including a school-record setting jump of 14-7.25 [4.45m] at the Ricardo Romo Invitational. Indoors, Rhodes placed second at the Big 12 meet, but reset her own school record with a clearance of 14-5.25 [4.40m] at the Tyson Invitational. Despite advancing to both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, Rhodes fell short of All-America honors at both.
Richards, a 1990 letterwinner at Baylor, started his collegiate career at UCLA. He still holds the No. 10 vault all-time for the Bruins.
He was the national high school record holder in the pole vault. Richards' record-setting vault of 18-2 [5.54m] stood as the highest pole vault for a high schooler for 14 years. The mark still stands as third best jump for a high schooler and the best ever by a Californian.Richards also set the high school Indoor record in the pole vault at 17-6 [5.33m], which only lasted a year before Pat Manson marginally improved upon it, but it still ranks as the second best ever.
Richards is the son of two-time Olympic gold medal pole vaulter Bob Richards.
Richards' son Riley is a pole vaulter for the Baylor track & field team and was a high school state champion pole vaulter.