Coach Kyle Richardson will return for his fourth year with the Oilers, and his second as the head coach. As an assistant for the Oilers, Kyle has shared success with staffs that earned a first-place finish and a second-place finish in the Alaska Baseball League, respectively. He is entering his fourth year of coaching, three years at the junior college level and this current season at the NCAA Division I level.
Kyle first started coaching at his alma mater, Sierra College, where he was the infield coach and assisted with the hitters. That infield led the Big 8 in fielding percentage that season and had all four infielders receive scholarships to play at the next level.
After one year at Sierra College, Kyle took a job at Yuba College as the head assistant. His responsibilities increased as he became the entire defensive coach and assisted with hitting. His second season at Yuba College, Kyle was promoted to associate head coach when the head coach took over the role as the athletic director. That season, Yuba finished with an overall record of 19-17, being ranked as high as No. 11 in Northern California.
Following his two seasons at Yuba, he then took the leap to the NCAA Division I level by accepting a job at the University of Nevada, Reno. Kyle currently assumes the role as volunteer assistant coach. His main priorities are to work with the infielders as well as assist with the hitters.
Kyle was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif. He played baseball at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Calif. His senior year in 2005 he led the Broncos to the CAL League title, hitting .469 and earning CAL League MVP honors.
He began his college career at Sierra College from 2005 to 2008 playing center field, second base and shortstop for the Wolverines. In ’07 Kyle earned second team All Big-8 honors and in ’08 Kyle earned first team All Big-8 honors and his Sierra team won the CCCAA State Championship.
After two years as a Wolverine, Kyle received a scholarship to play baseball at Cal State Bakersfield, where he played shortstop for the Roadrunners. He was part of the first baseball team ever in the history of the school and had the first home run, RBI, run scored and hit ever in the history of the program in his first Division I at-bat. He led the Roadrunners in hitting his junior season, hitting .298, and finished his Division I career with a batting average of .278.
Kyle currently lives in Reno, Nev., with his son Lucas, 3.
Oilers Corner is submitted by James Clark, the general manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.