Former USC and NFL cornerback Kris Richard is in his second year on the Trojan staff as a graduate assistant. He works with the cornerbacks in 2009 after working with the secondary in 2008. He joined the Trojan staff in March of 2008. In 2008, safety Taylor Mays was an All-American first team pick for the second year and also was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, while safety Kevin Ellison made his second consecutive All-Pac-10 first team. USC played in the 2009 Rose Bowl.
Richard, 29, played 4 seasons in the NFL, including 3 (2002-04) with the Seattle Seahawks and then 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers. He was a third round pick by the Seahawks in the 2002 NFL draft.
Richard lettered 4 years (1998-2001) at USC, starting his final 3 seasons. He had 8 career interceptions and returned 3 for touchdowns, along with 125 tackles, 19 deflections and 2 fumble recoveries. He made the 2001 All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad as a senior while posting 48 tackles, 2 picks and 5 deflections (he also returned a blocked field goal for a score) and was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game. In 2001, he was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week when he returned an interception 58 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:50 to play at Arizona. That play not only won the game, but USC head coach Pete Carroll credits it with helping propel the Trojan program into the success it now enjoys (at that point in Carroll's debut season, USC was just 2-5, but Troy won its next 4 games). Richard had 13 punt returns for a 7.5 average as a junior in 2000. He had 6 interceptions, 9 deflections and 44 tackles as a sophomore in 1999.
He was a prep All-American cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.), where he also ran track (he was a member of Serra's 1996 state championship 400-meter relay team).
He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from USC in 2002. He is working on his master's degree in communication management. Born Oct. 28, 1979, he and his wife, Chandra, have a daughter, Alyssa, 3, and a son, Aiden, 1. His father, Kenneth, is a USC alumnus, while his mother, Patricia, graduated from crosstown rival UCLA.