Alex Richey
Alex Richey
Title: Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 404-431-6546
Email: arichey@oglethorpe.edu

Alex Richey is the assistant athletic director for compliance and the head women’s basketball coach at Oglethorpe University. Richey’s inaugural year as the head women’s basketball coach was the 2014 season. Richey has since been named Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year twice and recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in its inaugural 30 Coaches Under 30 in 2016. 

In addition to his roles at Oglethorpe, Richey also currently serves on the Top 25 polling committee with the WBCA and is the NCAA South Regional Advisory Committee member for the SAA.

2020-21 Season

The COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 season did its best to slow down the momentum of the Stormy Petrels with three shutdowns over an 80-day period due to contact tracing. However, the team persevered to win the Southern Athletic Association Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years. The Petrels were ranked in the D3 Hoops top 25 all-season with a peak of No. 4, which is the highest ranking in program history. 

Savannah LeGate was named first team All-SAA and 3rd Team All-American by D3 Hoops. Sydni Donovan was named second Team All-SAA and Sarah Plemons was an honorable mention. 

Coach Richey surpassed Oglethorpe legendary Coach Ron Sattele as the winningest coach in program history with a resounding victory at Hendrix on February 5, 2021.

2019-20 Season

In the 2019-20 season, Richey led the Petrels to a 29-1 record. This included 27 straight wins to end the season due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the NCAA tournament. Oglethorpe set a multitude of records, including the most wins in program history and equaled the most wins in Division III for any team in the country. A perfect record of 17-0 in SAA play equated to the programs second regular-season and second conference-tournament championship. The conference title automatically qualified the program for its third straight trip to the NCAA tournament and would eventually lead to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. 

Savannah LeGate was named first Team All-SAA and second Team All-South Region. Junior Taylor Smith was named second Team All-SAA and was also honored as a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. Sophomore Nikki Reed garnered second Team All-SAA accolades, as well as earning SAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Amy Vazquez was also honored as SAA Newcomer of the Year, the third such time a Stormy Petrel has earned that honor in Richey’s seven seasons at the helm (Lauren Ransom, LeGate). 

In the year's final poll, Oglethorpe was ranked No. 6 and No. 8 in the WBCA Coaches Poll and the D3Hoops.com national poll, respectively. Coach Richey was named SAA Coach of the Year for the second time in three year and South Region Coach of the Year by D3Hoops. Richey was also a finalist for the U.S. Marine Corps-WBCA National Coach of the Year.

2018-19 Season

The 2018-19 season saw the Oglethorpe women's basketball team finish with a 23-7 record and a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Petrels advanced to the second round with a victory over Chicago, marking the program's first NCAA Tournament win since 2009.

Senior forward Lauren Ransom was named SAA Player of the Year and was an honorable mention All-American for her stellar play throughout the season and sophomore Savannah LeGate was named second-team All-SAA, while Bailey Charles finished her career with her fourth consecutive honorable mention All-SAA accolade. 

For their efforts throughout the year, the program was ranked No. 23 in the nation by the WBCA Coaches Poll in the final poll of the season.

2017-18 Season

In the 2017-18 season, the Oglethorpe women’s basketball team finished with a record of 21-8, and the Petrels won both the SAA regular season title and the SAA championship. This was the

first team conference championship in any women’s sport for Oglethorpe University in its SAA history.

Six Oglethorpe athletes received all-conference accolades, led by Savannah LeGate, who was named SAA Player of the Year, SAA Newcomer of the Year and first Team All-SAA. She also was recognized by D3hoops.com as the national Rookie of the Year. Taylor Dodson, Sydney Long, Bailey Charles, Jada Triplett and Lauren Ransom all received All-SAA Honorable Mention for their efforts throughout the season. 

For his contributions to the program in 2017-18, Richey was named SAA Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.

Personal

Richey is a native of the metro Atlanta area and has been involved in the game of basketball for his entire life. A product of Centennial High School in Roswell, where he was a two-time AAAAA All-State basketball player, Richey continued his playing career at Oglethorpe under the guidance of current men's basketball head coach, Philip Ponder. 

Richey graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2011 with a degree in business administration. While at Oglethorpe, Richey was named All-SCAC as a junior and was an All-SCAC Honorable Mention selection in his senior season. Currently, Richey ranks among the school leaders in three-pointers made and attempted and is also a member of the 1,000-point club, totaling 1,147 career points.

Alex and his wife, Ashton, were married in 2016 and they currently reside in Marietta with their son, Miles.