Rob Richardson is a ’01 graduate of The Harley School who is entering his 7th season as a coach at HAC. He was a 3-sport varsity athlete and continued his academic career at the University of Hartford where he played club soccer for 4 years and served as a team captain his junior and senior year. He currently is the OCFS Coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, where he works to ensure compliance with New York State regulations at all 46 childcare sites the YMCA operates in the greater Rochester-area.
Coach Ted Hunt (Left) and Rob Richardson (Right) look onto a varsity boys soccer game in 2009.
What sports did you play for HAC?
Varsity Soccer, 1999-2001 (3 Years)
Varsity Basketball, 1999-2001 (3 years)
Varsity Baseball, 1999-2001 (3 years)
Who were your coaches?
Coach Ted Hunt – HAC Soccer 1999-2001
Coach Dave Spiehler – HAC Basketball 1999-2001
Coach Peter Mancuso – HAC Baseball 1999-2001
What is your most memorable moment when you reflect on your HAC soccer experience?
While I’ve had enjoyed many memorable moments as an athlete, my most memorable experience as a member of the HAC athletic community came as a coach. In 2009, as the Boys Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach, HAC defeated Class A Greece Olympia to give Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Ted Hunt his 200th win. To be part of a tremendous milestone for someone who has epitomized the definition of HAC athletics since the beginning of the (HAC) merger was an honor.
How did playing HAC sports help prepare you for collegiate competition and college life in general?
After HAC, I went to a division I school where playing at that level athletics-wise was always going to be a challenge. HAC Athletics did, however, prepare me for life in college through developing my time management skills, teaching me how to be part of a team, integrity, sportsmanship, and respecting everyone, including your opponent, even when they do not respect you.
If you could go back and talk to yourself as a freshman in high school, what would you say?
Listen to your coaches. The worst feeling a high school athlete can have is the moment of realization after his or her last high school game or match. Take nothing for granted and work hard, because the window on these opportunities is finite and closes quickly.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The future freaks me out; I’ve found a new balance and serenity taking life as it comes; one day at a time.