Paul was the head men’s and women’s swim coach and Director of Aquatics at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for 26 years. He also served as the Chair of Physical Education. He retired in June of 2020. He joined the Dickinson staff in 1994 following a highly successful career at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a three year stint at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Richards received nine Coach of the Year awards while coaching in the Atlantic States Swim Conference, Capital Athletic
Conference and the Centennial Conference. In every semester since Richards joined the Dickinson College staff, his swim teams have earned prestigious All-Academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Paul has coached conference champions, All-Americans and national champions in NCAA Division III. He retired with over 500 career dual-meet coaching wins.
He has certifications from the College Swim Coaches Association of America as a master coach, the American Swim Coaches Association as an instructor and Level 4 coach and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as a master clinician in competitive swimming.
He is a graduate of Bloomsburg State College and earned a Master of Science in sports sciences and aquatics administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Paul resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jeanette and chocolate lab Jake.