Kris Richard

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Kris Richard
Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 38)
Carson, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Gardena (CA) Serra
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Coaching stats at PFR

Kris Richard (born October 28, 1979) is an American football coach and former player who is the current defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).

High school career[edit]

Richard prepped at Serra High School in Gardena, California.

College career[edit]

Richard attended the University of Southern California, where he played college football as a cornerback[1] under coach Pete Carroll from 1998 to 2001.

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for the Seahawks for three seasons. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Ronald Flemons in 2005. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and the Oakland Raiders in 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

Richard was hired in 2008 by Carroll as a graduate assistant coach for the USC secondary (defensive backs). He followed Carroll to the NFL and joined his former team, the Seahawks, as secondary coach.

Richard's secondary's hard-hitting style has led it to be nicknamed "the Legion of Boom." Bleacher Report described the Legion of Boom's accomplishments as a credit not only to Richard, but to Carroll, who was a safety himself in his playing days and began his coaching career as a secondary coach.[2]

After losing Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks promoted Richard to defensive coordinator to replace Dan Quinn, who had left to become the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons.