Kirsten Richter

Kirsten Richter

  • Title:
    Head Coach
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  • Alma Mater:
    Franklin & Marshall '03
  • Experience:
    10th Season

Kirsten Richter enters her 10th season as head coach of Franklin & Marshall’s women’s basketball team in 2019-20. Richter has twice guided the Diplomats to the Centennial Conference Semifinals since her time at the helm. 

Richter helped Alexa Barbush '13 become just the third player in program history to receive multiple All-America honors, as Barbush brought home the accolade in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. She has coached nine All-CC selections throughout her tenure, including one CC Player of the Year (Alex Barbush/2011-12).

In 2011-12, Richter led F&M to an 18-8, 15-5 CC record and a second-place CC regular season finish. Richter led the Diplomats to a fourth-place finish in the CC in her first year; an improvement from a ninth-place finish the year before. F&M also won its first CC playoff game in program history in 2010-11. 

Richter was hired in 2010 as the 10th head coach in Franklin & Marshall history.  A 2003 graduate of F&M, Richter spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Diplomats before joining the Randolph-Macon staff.

During her four years as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon, Richter concentrated on recruiting, scouting, and player development. Richter was instrumental in helping Randolph-Macon to 89 wins during her time in Ashland, which included a 67-13 mark against ODAC foes. Richter helped the Yellow Jackets to a pair of ODAC Championships (2007 and 2009) and appearances in the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. 

Richter returned to F&M to continue the success she had as an assistant. Before leaving for Randolph-Macon, she concentrated on player development. Richter helped coach two Centennial Conference Player of the Year award winners and four All-Conference selections in her three seasons. 

Richter earned her B.A. in government with a minor in public policy from F&M in 2003. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in sports management from Millersville University in 2006.

For her performance in the classroom, Richter was the recipient of the Sports Management Graduate Faculty Award for academic excellence. Richter is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (San Antonio, 2005) and is an active member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). 

Richter has also traveled abroad to coach a USA Athletes International (USAAI) women's basketball squad. In 2015, her team played five games in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. In the summer of 2014, Richter and her team, which consisted of eight college players from across the country, traveled to Austria, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Italy to also compete in five games.


Richter File
  Overall CC Conference  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct Accolades
2010-11 14 13 .519 11 9 .550 First CC Tournament Win
2011-12 18 8 .692 15 5 .750 CC Tournament Appearance
2012-13 8 17 .320 5 15 .250  
2013-14 4 21 .160 2 16 .111  
2014-15 5 20 .200 2 16 .111  
2015-16 6 19 .240 4 14 .222  
2016-17 11 14 .440 9 11 .450  
2017-18 10 15 .400 7 13 .350  
2018-19 13 12 .520 10 10 .500  
9 Seasons 89 139 .390 65 109 .374  

Updated 3/20/19 | BW