Tuesday night the city of Richmond during the city commission meeting honored the1982 State Championship from Madison Central with a street named in their honor. The street is located from North Second Street down behind the football stadium to the baseball field. It replaces Georgia Street.
Of course has much as an honor this is for the 1982 team it is an honor long overdue for long time Indians Head Coach Don Richardson. Don Richardson began his coaching career at Madison Central in 1957. Under his leadership the Indians went to the State Tournament nine times, the first being in 1962. Indians went on to win four straight region titles from 1962-1965. Indians would go on and win the region once again in 1968. In 1981 the Indians would return to the state tournament and in 1982 they went undefeated. 40-0, that team won the state championship and was crowned National Champions by USA Today. Two more trips for Coach Richardson, 1983 and 1991 before he retired in 1993. While this honor tonight was about his time as baseball coach he was also the Head Coach of the basketball program winning 350 games and taking the Indians to their first ever Sweet Sixteen trip in 1987.
Don Richardson was named National Coach of the year in 1986. Coach was elected to the Kentucky Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Three years later, in 2001, he was elected to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He retired with 952 wins, his career mark sits at 952-157. That’s an amazing 85.8 winning percentage. Richardson currently sits sixth all time in the state of Kentucky in wins. He is 24th all time in wins in the NATION.