KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 19 (UPI) -- Louisville assistant coach Kareem Richardson has been hired to be the men's basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the school said Tuesday.
Richardson, 38, has been an assistant coach for 16 seasons. He's currently an assistant at Louisville and will stay with the Cardinals through the NCAA Tournament. Louisville is the No. 1 overall seed for the tournament.
Among his previous positions is a one-season stint as the top assistant at UMKC (2007-08).
"Being at the University of Louisville and working under future Hall of Fame Coach [Rick] Pitino, it had to take a special situation for me to leave," Richardson said in a release, "But I know the vision that [UMKC Chancellor] Leo Morton and Tim Hall have for the program makes UMKC a special situation."
In addition to UMKC and Louisville, Richardson, who played at Evansville, has coached at Xavier, Drake, Evansville, Indiana State, Wright State and Indianapolis.
Richardson replaces Matt Brown, who was fired last week after six seasons as coach at UMKC. The Kangaroos were 8-24 this past season and 64-122 in Brown's tenure.
UMKC is leaving the Summit League for the Western Athletic Conference next season.