Kris Richardson was hired as Sacramento State's assistant head coach and offensive line coach in January of 2019.
Richardson came to the Hornets after serving on the Folsom High School staff for 24 years, including his final 14 as the varsity head coach. The Bulldogs posted a 162-27-1 record under his leadership and became one of the most dominant programs in area history. From 2010-18, Folsom went 127-10 with nine league titles, seven Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and four state crowns. His teams won the CIF Div. 1-AA titles in 2017 and 2018. Following the 2017 season, Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Football Coach of the Year. Folsom also took undefeated seasons unto the Northern California Open Division championships in 2012 and 2013 before falling to De La Salle.
Folsom sent over 30 players to NCAA Div. I schools during his tenure including quarterback Jake Browning (Washington) and Dano Graves (Cal Poly), safety Jordan Richards (Stanford/New England Patriots/Atlanta Falcons), offensive lineman Jonah Williams (Alabama) and wide receiver Joe Ngata (Clemson). The Bulldogs also set the CIF state record for points as well as recording the most passing yards in a year in four consecutive seasons.
From 2012-15, Richardson and Troy Taylor were co-head coaches for the Bulldogs. The next year, he led Folsom to a 12-2 overall record and the team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I final. In 2017, Folsom finished the year ranked 18th in the MaxPreps national poll. The Bulldogs were 16-0 and outscored their opponents 770-301. The team scored at least 50 points in eight games and tallied 40-plus in 13 contests. During their playoff run, Folsom scored 49 or more points in five of six games, including the state championship over Helix HS.
In 2018, Folsom retained its CIF Div. 1-AA crown with a 21-14 overtime win over Cathedral Catholic. The team started the season with a 14-0 loss at De La Salle but won its final 14 games and finished the year ranked 17th nationally by MaxPreps. The Bulldogs averaged 55.4 points per game during the win streak while holding opponents to 13.9 ppg. The team advanced to the state championship with an 84-46 win over previously unbeated Central HS of Fresno.
Richardson and his wife, Kelly, have three children: Kooper, Kaden and Katie. Kooper will be a senior offensive tackle at UC Davis in 2019. Kaden recently completed his senior season at Folsom HS where he was the starting center.