Raptors name Rik Richards head coach

The Rock River Raptors indoor football team announced Rik Richards as the team’s head coach. Richards comes from the American Indoor Football League (AIFL), where he led the Richmond Bandits to the inaugural league championship with a record of 11-1.

As a head coach, Richards has completed a 24-15 overall record over three years, including winning seasons in two of his three at the helm of a program.

Born in Seattle, Wash., Richards, 29, started coaching when he was 18. He coached at the high school ranks for three years, earning playoff bids in two of three years. He attended the University of Mary of the NAIA, and worked on the football staff second in pass defense, third in red zone defense, fourth in scoring and total defense, and fifth place in pass defense, among 27 teams that season.

Following the 2003 season, Richards found himself without a position as the Swamp Foxes folded. However, he quickly landed a job as the head coach of the Manchester Wolves, a team that was relocated from Mohegan, Conn., northward. After a rough start with a record of 4-7, Richards was dismissed. The Wolves finished 5-11 overall in ’04.

After working with the Florida-based Scouting Bureau for the NFL, Richards was hired as the head coach of the AIFL Bandits. Keeping with his passion for defense, Richards served as the coordinator in addition to his head coaching responsibilities.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2005, issue

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