Florida SouthWestern State College men’s basketball coach Marty Richter is leaving after three years to become an assistant at Drake.
Richter, 41, was 56-10 at FSW after building his program from scratch and led the Bucs to an at-large berth in the NJCAA National Tournament as the No. 6 seed last season. He sent 10 players to Division I programs, including sophomore twins Anthony and Tremmell Murphy to Drake. They signed on Monday.
“It is hard to say goodbye to so many good people,” said Richter, who spent the 2015-16 recruiting and building the team before its debut season in 2016-17. “My family and I are grateful to have been embraced by the FSW and Southwest Florida community and are very sad to depart. I can’t thank President Jeffery Allbritten, former athletic director Carl McAloose and current interim athletic director George Sanders for the opportunity to coach at FSW.
“We have appreciated every part of our experience as a Buccaneer and wish the Bucs the best of luck in all their future endeavors. I will be following closely.”
Second-year FSW assistant Eric Murphy will take Richter’s place.
“Eric has been a crucial part of the success at FSW over the last two seasons,” Richter said. “He brings a tireless work ethic, an incomparable ability to relate to players and an inspired, but subtle, character to the Bucs squad. He is simply a great person that people enjoy being around.”
Richter is an Iowa native and Drake, a Division I program, is located in Des Moines. He’ll begin his duties there on Monday.
Drake is led by Darian DeVries, a former longtime Creighton assistant who began his current job on March 30.
“I’ve known Marty for a long time, so I already had a comfort level with the way he does things and his thoughts about how to play and how to recruit — those types of things,” DeVries said. “But the thing he brings the most is just his tremendous energy and passion every day. It’s like he wakes up with six Red Bulls in him before the sun comes.”
The Bulldogs went 17-17 last season and won a game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Coach Niko Medved left for Colorado State after that first season at Drake.
“I am very excited to join Coach Darian DeVries’ staff at Drake University,” Richter said. “I have known Coach DeVries for some time and consider him a friend as well as a positive mentor to help further my own development as a coach. Joining the Drake team not only allows me the opportunity to coach in a conference (Missouri Valley) ranked eighth in the country, but it also allows me to return to my home state to be near family.
“Simply, the move is a win/win for my family and I. There are very few opportunities that could have led my family and I to leave Southwest Florida.”
Richter and his wife, Brynn, who worked for FSW athletics but resigned when FSW founding athletic director Carl McAloose was demoted in August, have two young sons and another child on the way. McAloose hired Richter.
A former Florida Gulf Coast University assistant, Richter made a run for the FGCU job before longtime assistant Michael Fly was named the Eagles’ new coach on April 5.
Richter was at FGCU under now-USC coach Andy Enfield from 2011-13, so he was a big part of the Eagles’ Sweet 16 run that last season. He also was with now-East Carolina coach Joe Dooley for two seasons at FGCU.
Prior to that, Richter was an evaluator and collegiate scout for ESPN.
A 1999 graduate and three-year letter winner at Simpson (Iowa) College, Richter began his coaching career by working as an assistant there two seasons. He was at South Dakota as a graduate assistant for two seasons, then an assistant for Dan Dakich at Bowling Green from 2004-07. He was an assistant at Florida junior college powerhouse Chipola in 2007-08 before joining Dakich at Indiana as video coordinator.
After a season of that, Richter was an assistant for Budivelnyk Basketball Club in the Ukraine. He then assisted at Chipola for another season.
Murphy was previously an assistant and then interim head coach at Wabash Valley (Illinois) College. Before that he was an assistant for two years at Vincennes (Indiana) University. He was a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock from 2007-09.
“We are excited to promote Eric to this position,” said Sanders, FSW’s Interim AD. “He has helped build our men’s basketball program into a top-five program and we believe he is ready for this opportunity and is a great fit for FSW men’s basketball.”
Murphy tipped his cap to the FSW administration, players and Richter.
“I would like to thank coach Marty Richter for hiring me as an assistant and mentoring me these past two seasons,” he said. “He is a great coach, a great person, and a great family man. I have learned a lot from him and feel honored to have worked alongside him. I am excited for this new challenge and am dedicated to maintaining the success of FSW’s men’s basketball program.”