Jackie Richards coaches FSU's female sprinters, hurdlers and relays. In addition to coaching, Richards serves as the women's recruiting coordinator. Her off-the-track responsibilities include international recruiting, supporting the academic staff in monitoring the team's progress in the classroom, working with the student services department to facilitate community service and team building activities.
Evidence of Richards' work over the last few years has come in the form of the women's best showings at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 15 seasons. After a pair of 14th-place finishes in 2006 and 2007, the women jumped two spots to No. 12 in 2008 before rocketing to fourth in 2009. In addition, FSU took sixth at the 2009 NCAA Indoor meet.
In 2009, Richards' relay teams turned in numerous impressive performances with a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, an ACC record and an all-time top 10 FSU performance. The 2011 season saw the women's 4x100m relay team place sixth overall at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Richards' coaching prowess was on display internationally in the summer of 2008 when she traveled to Poland as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championship. It was there that FSU's Teona Rodgers won the 100m hurdles. Rodgers wasn't the only impressive freshman that Richards worked with at the World Championships as Britany St. Louis advanced to the semifinals of the 400m. She was also a Trinidad Senior National Champion.
Prior to joining the Seminoles, Richards was the horizontal jumps coach at Sacramento State, as well as the assistant coach for cross country. During her first season, she coached four All-Conference team members. Before going to Sacramento State, Richards served as the assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field and cross country programs at Idaho. Richards helped the men's and women's track teams to first-place finishes at the 2001 Big West Championships. The women ended the year ranked 14th in the NCAA while the men came in 23rd.
Richards' coaching career began in 1994 with the Prince George Track and Field Club in British Columbia where she served as the head junior development coach. After her fifth year with the club, she was recognized in Canada for excellence in coaching. Richards ran for the Prince George Track and Field Club and competed nationally for Canada including a three-medal performance at the Canadian Junior Championships.
Richards competed for the University of New Mexico, earning All-WAC scholar-athlete honors from 1995-98. In 2002, Richards received her master's degree in physical education with a concentration in sport science from Idaho. Richards is a USATF Level 2 track and field certified coach.
Richards is married to Florida State volunteer coach Kareem Streete-Thompson and the couple has one child that was born in 2011.