COLUMBIA — Howard Richards has been hired by the University of Missouri as an assistant athletic director for community relations.
Richards, a former Missouri football player and current radio analyst for the team, is a native of St. Louis and continues to reside there. His outreach focus will be in the St. Louis area.
"I'd like to thank director of athletics Jim Sterk for this opportunity to work on his team to help Mizzou Athletics build its reputation to position ourselves among the elite athletic departments in the country," Richards said.
"I love Mizzou and my love for this institution is what will propel me to work extremely hard to affect positive change and to elevate the Mizzou brand, in order to encourage prospective student-athletes, especially those who live in Missouri, to make Mizzou their first choice. I'm looking forward to getting to know the St. Louis community even better, from an individual and corporate standpoint — to solicit their opinions in order to assist our staff, and to increase the department's visibility. This is a very important time to lead Mizzou into the future, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of that leadership team."
Sterk is excited to have Richards on staff.
"In my short time here, I've enjoyed getting to know Howard," Sterk said. "There's no question that he loves Mizzou and I know he will work very hard to represent us well in his hometown and that he will help us make inroads there. He's got an infectious personality, great people skills, and a very well-rounded background, and I know those will be great assets for this role."
Richards was an offensive lineman at Missouri from 1977-80 before playing seven seasons in the NFL.
Richards went on to a 13-year career as a special agent with the Central Intelligence Agency (1990-2003), before moving into the private real estate industry for nine years. In 2011, he became part of the Missouri radio crew.