Wakefield coach Richardson

Marcia Richardson is stepping down as Wakefield High School's girls basketball coach. (Photo by Dave Facinoli)

The Wakefield High School girls varsity basketball program will have a new leader for the 2019-20 season, as longtime head coach Marcia Richardson is stepping down.

Richardson coached the team during two periods, the last from the 2008-09 through 2018-19 campaigns. Her teams were especially successful the past seven seasons, winning 103 games.

In 2016-17, Wakefield enjoyed its finest season under Richardson, finishing 24-6, with a 5-3 post-season record, including runner-up finishes in district and region tournaments and earning the program’s first Virginia High School League state-tournament berth.

Under Richardson, Wakefield earned region-tournament berths for six straight seasons, the last in 2017-18.

Richardson, who will continue as a full-time teacher at Wakefield, said she believes the timing is right for her to step away.

“I’ve loved all of it and I’m so proud of all of my athletes and what they have done and how they have become great adults. But it’s time to get to be Marcia Richardson,” she said. “When you are a coach, you give up a lot and miss a lot, especially during holidays. I want to spend time with and see my family more. I want to go fishing and shoot archery. I’m good with this decision.”

Richardson said she would like to start an archery club at Wakefield since she won’t be coaching.

Her replacement as basketball coach has not been named.

In college at the University of Maryland, Richardson was a standout player for the women’s basketball team from 1981 through 1984, helping the Terrapins win three conference titles and making an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1982. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

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