Buffalo hires Richard as assistant coach

BUFFALO, NY -- University at Buffalo wrestling head coach Donnie Vinson announced the hiring of Hunter Richard as an assistant coach on Wednesday. Richard comes to Buffalo from Appalachian State.

Richard spent last season as an assistant coach at Appalachian State and helped lead the Moutaineers to a Southern Conference championship. App State had five individual conference champions in 2023.

"I'm excited to add Hunter Richard to our coaching staff," Vinson said. "Hunter is a New York legend with deep ties within the state. He is energetic, personable, well-educated, and a perfect fit for the UB Wrestling family."

Richard wrestled for Vinson at Cornell where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, with a top-16 finish as a fifth-year senior at 157 pounds to cap the 2021-22 season. He won three matches at the NCAA Championships that year after also qualifying at 149 pounds in 2020.

Richard posted a 67-33 record in four seasons for the Big Red. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and has also worked in the financial sector since graduating from Cornell.

He was named to the Academic All-Ivy and EIWA All-Academic teams during his career and also captured an EIWA Academic Achievement Award. His three victories at the 2022 NCAA Championships included back-to-back wins against top-20 opponents.

A native of Barneveld, NY, Richard attended Holland Patent High School and was a Fargo, NHSCA and Flo Nationals All-American who posted a 265-26 prep record.