This isn’t any normal opening game. For the first time in 25 seasons, Pat Richardson will not be leading the Crusaders from the bench.
Rick Harrigan ‘02, will begin his tenure as Brother Rice’s head coach Monday night at 8:00 P.M. as the Crusaders tip off against OPRF in the first game of four games throughout the week.
After playing at Augustana, Harrigan played professionally for two years before coming home to coach at Gallaudet University, Elmhurst College, and finally Augustana before returning to Brother Rice.
After a couple weeks of practice, the Crusaders are ready for games. “We are looking to build upon the success and foundation that Coach Richardson paved for the past 25 years,” Harrigan said. “He took the program to new heights and we are looking to not only get back to those levels, but exceed them.”
Joining Coach Harrigan on the varsity staff are Ryan O’Reilly ‘01 and Tim Harrigan ‘04. O’Reilly played college basketball at Iowa Wesleyan and won a CCL title as a senior. Tim Harrigan graduated from St. Ambrose, where he played golf, and as a Crusader, was a member of the undefeated CCL team.
“I am very excited to have both Ryan and Tim on staff,” said Coach Harrigan. “They come from Crusader basketball lineage, bring lots of energy, and are valuable assets to the team.”
Also on that undefeated CCL team were sophomore coaches Jim Murtaugh ‘05, and Dave Wills ‘04. Both of these Crusaders are returning coaches and have earned 6 CCL titles, as players and coaches, combined.
“We expect to be very good with a balanced effort,” Coach Wills said. “Our offense should be fun to watch.”
Rounding out the freshman staff are Mark Klutcharch ‘82 and Bob Alberts ‘85. Alberts is coming out of coaching retirement for this assignment, as Klutcharch did with the sophomore team last year. Both have been coaching at Brother Rice for 20 years, and between them have a combined 505 wins – 193 for Klutcharch and 312 for Alberts.
When asked about what they were looking forward to this season, the response was “working with the kids, and being back on the bench with a great friend.”
Visit the basketball website for a full schedule for the 2013-2014 season.