Richard finishes with 150 wins as Bulldogs coach

RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech announced Tuesday that it will
not renew the contract of men's basketball coach Keith Richard.

"I am proud of my body of work over the whole nine years as
head coach," Richard said. "I look forward to the future and wish
everyone the best."

Richard compiled a record of 150 wins and 117 losses in his nine
years as head coach and led the Bulldogs to the 1999 Sun Belt
Conference regular-season championship. In the 2006-07 season the
Bulldogs finished 10-20 and lost in the first round of the Western
Athletic Conference tournament.

"This was a tough decision because of the way Keith Richard has
poured his heart and soul into the program," athletic director Jim
Oakes said. "Unfortunately, a change in direction is needed for
the program. Keith Richard is an outstanding basketball coach."

Richard first joined the Louisiana Tech staff as an assistant in