Board of Directors
Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director & SWA
University of Utah
Nona Richardson, a 30-year veteran of athletics administration, has been Utah’s senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator (SWA) since January 2015. Richardson oversees all student-athlete support services at Utah. She also supervises several sports and serves as Utah’s gender equity and diversity coordinator and is a representative on Pac-12 Conference Counsel.
Prior to Utah, she was at UC Davis for seven years, and held the title of executive senior associate athletics director and SWA. In 2011-12, she also served as the interim athletic director. She handled similar responsibilities at her previous three stops at UC Davis (2007-14), Ball State (2002-07) and Valparaiso (1996-2002). At Valparaiso, she held four different titles: head volleyball coach (1996-99), compliance director (1996-2002), assistant AD (1999-2001) and associate AD (2001-02). Her first job in athletics was as an assistant volleyball coach at Kentucky (1984-87) and her first head coaching job was at Eastern Michigan (1987-95). Richardson was also an assistant coach at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.
Richardson has served on numerous committees, including the NCAA DI Volleyball Committee (2000-02 & 2008-12) and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee. She also sat on the Board of Directors for Women Leaders. She has presented at many conferences and was a panelist at the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium.
Among Richardson’s awards are the Dr. Nell Jackson Award (2000) presented by Women Leaders, and the Exceptional Women of Color Award from the Sacramento, Calif. Cultural Hub. She was a standout volleyball player at Michigan State (1978-81) where she was a team co-captain, MVP, and a member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) all-state team.