After spending 12 years as the McCallie head baseball coach, Chris Richardson is stepping down from the position in order to accept a new role as the school’s assistant athletic director.

Between 2001, when he became the Blue Tornado coach, and 2012, Richardson compiled a 245-194 record, while also overseeing a number of changes to the baseball facilities. During his tenure, McCallie has added a new Astroturf field, a batting cage pavilion with seven cages, stadium lights, new concession stand and restrooms, and a scoreboard in center field.

He exits as the all-time wins leader at McCallie, after beating Baylor a record 21 times and guiding the Blue Tornado to a state title in 2007. 

“I have been blessed more than I could ever imagine,” Richardson said in a release from the school. “I’m excited about contributing to the school in new ways. I will also have the chance to watch my two daughters in their games and school activities that baseball had caused me to miss in the past.”


A new coach has not been named, but athletic director Bubba Simmons said the search will begin immediately.

“I appreciate Chris’ commitment and hard work as the leader of the baseball program,” Simmons said. “I’m excited about his new role assisting me in the athletic department. He will help manage transportation, game administration, and facility use throughout the year.”