It appears Mike Hibbs’ replacement as Cumberland Valley boys basketball coach will be a familiar face to those who’ve been following the Eagles’ program.
Longtime Hibbs assistant Eric Richardson has been recommended by the hiring committee to take over as CV’s next head coach. He would still need to be approved by the school board the the next school board meeting later this month to make it official.
CV athletic director Mike Craig confirmed the news to The Sentinel Wednesday night. Craig said they received between 8-10 applicants and interviewed three finalists before choosing Richardson as the recommendation.
Hibbs, when he stepped down at the end of April because he and his family are moving this summer to Florida, gave high praise for Richardson and said he was recommending him as his replacement.
“Mike gave Eric a very high recommendation for sure,” Craig said, citing that Richardson not only served as Hibbs’ top assistant at CV but in previous stops in Maryland.
Richardson was an assistant with Hibbs for seven of his eight seasons at CV. Hibbs went 92-96 with three District 3 playoff berths (most recently 2015) and one shared Mid-Penn Commonwealth title (2014).
The 2016-17 Eagles finished 7-15 overall, 4-10 in the Commonwealth.
Richardson is a physical education teacher at Good Hope Middle School in the district, and he’s been directing the Eagles’ summer league basketball teams, Craig said.
According to an old bio on CV’s website, Richardson went to Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, and then played basketball at and graduated from Concord University in West Virginia.
A call to Richardson and a text to Hibbs for comment were not immediately returned Wednesday night, though it’s typical that coaches avoid comment until approval becomes official.
Field hockey coach resigns
Craig also said CV field hockey coach Susan Emerick resigned last week. With the fall season starting in a little more than two months, he’ll be seeking Emerick’s replacement soon.
CV girls lacrosse coach Lilli Kane also recently stepped down.