January 7th, 2019 | by Cody Junot

A year into his job as the University of Richmond’s vice president and director of athletics, John Hardt addressed the basketball and football programs, and some other topics with the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s John O’Connor. “Generally, I’d say that Spider basketball has been competitive, but we have not regularly achieved success at the level of our expectations. The university provides tremendous support to all facets of our basketball program and we expect to be regularly competing for A-10 championships and making the NCAA tournament.” Hardt told O’Connor when asked about the state of the Spiders basketball program. Hardt called the football program a work in progress, but overall he feels the athletic department is “in great shape and a strong infrastructure – both from a facility and a staff perspective – is in place to support successful championship-level programs.” As the calendar turns to 2019, there are two major priorities for Richmond, Hardt told O’Connor. First is “to successfully complete the fundraising and proceed with construction of the new Spider basketball practice facility, including the successful repurposing and conversion of historic Millhiser Gym into a state-of-the art student-athlete support center. The other significant priority for 2019 is the successful re-launch of our expanded athletics leadership program for our student-athletes.” Hardt also noted that beer and alcohol sales which began at the Robins Center this season has thus far been received well by the fans and incident free, he added there are no plans right now to sale beer or wine at Robins Stadium.  –Read More

About Cody Junot
Cody Junot joined College AD in November, 2014 as a contributing writer and was shortly promoted to Associate Editor in July, 2015. Cody graduated from UL Lafayette in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management.

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