Aaron Roussell was named the Richmond women's basketball coach Tuesday night, ending the most successful run in Bucknell history.
Roussell coached the Bucknell women to unprecedented success over his seven seasons with the Bison. Roussell was 102-30 at Bucknell over the past four years, including leading the Bison to the 2017 and 2019 women's NCAA Tournaments.
After inheriting a team that finished 5-25 the previous season, Roussell proceeded to win 67.7 percent of his games (151-72) at Bucknell, by far the best winning percentage in the 46-year history of the program.
Bucknell has had a 64-8 Patriot League record over the past four seasons. The team reached the postseason in all four seasons, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 2017 and 2019 along with WNIT trips in 2016 and 2018.
"I'd like to thank Bucknell and the local community for a memorable seven years in Lewisburg," Roussell said. "I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work for a supportive administration while coaching a special group of players in front of the best fans in the Patriot League. I will cherish the relationships and memories from my time with the Bison for the rest of my life."
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, Roussell guided Bucknell to a school-record 28 wins this past season against only six losses. The Bison defeated American in the Patriot League championship game to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, where their No. 12 seed was the highest for any Patriot League team since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1994. Bucknell just missed pulling off its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, falling to Florida State 70-67 in the first round in Charlotte, N.C.
"We are excited to welcome Aaron Roussell and his family to the University of Richmond and Spider athletics," said Richmond Athletic Director John Hardt, who hired Roussell at Bucknell. "While this was an extremely talented and deep candidate pool, in the final analysis, Aaron Roussell distinguished himself as the clear choice to lead the Spider women's basketball program back to prominence. Aaron's remarkable success at both Bucknell and the University of Chicago as a head coach leading teams to the NCAA Tournament at highly regarded academic institutions, has prepared him well to lead our program. We are looking forward to Coach Roussell's leadership and the future success for our Spider women's basketball program."
"I am beyond thrilled to be the next women's basketball coach at Richmond," Roussell said. "I would like to thank John Hardt and LaRee Sugg for this opportunity; with each conversation, they continued to show the tremendous potential of the program and I look forward to building it with them. University of Richmond lived up to its amazing reputation throughout this process, and my family and I cannot wait to start this new journey in our new community."