Marty Richter brings vast coaching knowledge and awareness of the recruiting landscape to FGCU as he enters his fourth season on the FGCU sidelines in 2014-15, including his second as an associate head coach. Prior to arriving at FGCU in 2011-12, Richter was an evaluator and collegiate scout for ESPN.
Richter has been a part of 63 wins the past three years, three A-Sun Championship final appearances, an A-Sun Tournament title and an A-Sun regular-season championship, an appearance in the NIT and a run to the Sweet Sixteen which captivated the nation and put the SWFL campus on the map for good.
Over his first three seasons at FGCU, Richter has been a member of a relentless coaching staff that has changed the men’s basketball culture in every facet, resulting in team accomplishments and player development.
In 2013-14, Richter was instrumental in guiding the Eagles to their first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship and first trip to the NIT. FGCU finished the year with a 22-13 record, including a record 14 wins as part of a 14-4 A-Sun mark. The 22 victories represented the second-most in FGCU’s Division-I era (2007-08).
Richter coached three all-conference picks during the season as Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson were both tabbed as A-Sun First Team members, and Chase Fieler was named to the A-Sun Second Team. Both Thompson and Fieler were named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team as well, and throughout the course of the year Comer earned two A-Sun Player of the Week awards while Fieler garnered one.
In 2012-13, FGCU again appeared in the A-Sun Tournament championship game; this time turning in the most impressive 40 minutes in program history up to that point by defeating No. 1 seed and host Mercer, 88-75, on its home floor to become the first team into the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Deemed a No. 15 seed and sent to Philadelphia, the Eagles captured the hearts of the city and the nation by defeating East Region No. 2 seed Georgetown in the second round before extending its win streak to seven games with another double-figure win over No. 7 seed San Diego State. FGCU’s up-tempo style – which produced an A-Sun best 72.9 points per game – helped FGCU become the first No. 15 seed in NCAA history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since Florida in 1987 to win its first two NCAA Tournament contests. The Eagles finished with a program D-I record 26 wins.
As the team accomplishments stacked up in 2012-13, so did the individual accolades as senior Sherwood Brown was named the A-Sun Player of the Year, an Associated Press All-American honorable mention and NABC All-District 3 selection. Sophomore Bernard Thompson finished second in the nation with 102 steals en route to being named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore Brett Comer led the A-Sun in assists for the second year in a row and was named the A-Sun Tournament MVP. Junior Chase Fieler was an A-Sun All-Conference second team and All-Tournament squad choice, producing the biggest breakout season that saw him finish with 60 dunks.
In 2011-12 under then-head coach Andy Enfield, the Eagles advanced to the A-Sun Tournament title game in the program’s first year of postseason eligibility, falling just 20 minutes short of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with 15 wins.
Richter worked with ESPN from June of 2009 until coming to Fort Myers, traveling around the country to cover high school basketball. During his two years, Richter provided ESPN with evaluations and contact information for ESPN’s national recruiting data base.
A 1998 graduate and three-year letterwinner at Simpson College (Iowa), Richter began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater from 1999-2001. After a two-year stay at the University of South Dakota (2001-03) as a graduate assistant coach, Richter caught on to Dan Dakich’s staff at Bowling Green where he was promoted to an assistant coach from 2004-07.
Richter began his first stint as an assistant coach at Florida junior college powerhouse Chipola College during the 2007-08 season. Chipola spent 11 weeks ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll, finishing the year with a 35-2 record, a regional championship and a seventh place finish at the National Tournament.
Richter then served as the video coordinator for Indiana University and interim coach Dan Dakich after his season with Chipola, joining the team for the 2008 Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Tournament. With the Hoosiers, Richter provided video edits for the postseason while helping the academic support staff.
International experience became part of Richter’s detailed resume in 2008-09, when he served as an assistant coach for the Budivelnyk Basketball Club of the Ukrainian Superleague. Richter assisted with all facets of the club, extending from game preparation, on-floor coaching, scouting of opponents, recruiting of international and American players, and individual development.
Richter then returned to Chipola College after the conclusion of the season in the Ukraine, joining the Indians for the start of regular season play. After winning another regional championship, Chipola finished third at the National Tournament with a 34-2 overall mark. Nine different players moved on to Division I programs following the season.
The Richter File
Alma Mater: Simpson College (Iowa), 1998
Birthdate: October 9, 1976
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
1999-2001 Assistant Coach, Simpson College (Iowa)
2001-03 Graduate Assistant Coach, University of South Dakota
2003-04 Administrative Assistant, Bowling Green
2004-07 Assistant Coach, Bowling Green
2007-08 Assistant Coach, Chipola College (Fla.)
2008 Video Coordinator, Indiana
2008-09 Assistant Coach, Budivelnyk Basketball Club (Ukraine)
2009 Assistant Coach, Chipola College (Fla.)
2011-13 Assistant Coach, FGCU
2013- Associate Head Coach, FGCU
2009-11 Evaluator and Collegiate Scout, ESPN
1994-98 Simpson College (Iowa)