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Zach Richard reunited with his former coach when he joined Columbia’s head coach Willy Wood’s coaching staff in August of 2008.

Now in his third season with the Lions, Richards has helped guide the women's distance program back to the top of the Ivy League. In 2010, the women's cross country team finished second in the league, with Caroline McDonough '13CC and Jacqueline Drouin '11CC coming in second and third individually. He helped guide McDonough to the NCAA National Championships in both cross country and track & field, where she has finished just hundredths of a second from All-American honors. Drouin has also been a standout for the Columbia program under Richard's tutelage, as she won an Ivy League Championship title in the 1,500m run outdoors in 2010, and ran the fastest mile ever by a female athlete at Columbia, with a time of 4:42.35. Richards also guided Megan Lessard ‘09CC to the NCAA National Championships in cross country, along with two Ivy League track & field championship titles, in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500m. Additionally, he has had over a dozen his athletes qualify for NCAA Regional meets in the past three years. Richard is responsible for recruiting the some of the deepest and most talented first-year classes in the history of the women’s distance program.

A political science major, Richard was captain for both the cross country and track & field teams his senior year, and was a second-team All-Ivy League honoree in the 1000m in 2007. Richard was also a member of the school-record holding indoor 4x800m relay team, a part of the 2005 Ivy League Championship cross country team, and is on seven top five Columbia performance lists.

Richards assists Coach Wood with the men and women’s distance and middle distance runners, and is responsible for recruiting women’s distance and middle distance runners. He resides in Morningside Heights, with his wife, Nicole.