Former Nittany Lion quarterback Wally Richardson is returning to Penn State as director of the Football Letterman's Club.

He will begin his duties in early June.

The Football Letterman's Club has more than 1,000 dues-paying members and a database of more than 1,500 former Penn State football players and student managers. He also will serve as the primary liaison between Penn State football and the State College Quarterback Club.

From Sumter, S.C., Richardson led Penn State to a 20-5 record as the starting quarterback during the 1995 and 1996 seasons, including bowl wins over Auburn (1996 Outback) and Texas (1997 Fiesta). The 1996 team finished 11-2 and was No. 7 in the final polls.

Richardson earned his degree in administration of justice in 1996. He earned a master's degree in higher education from Penn State in December 2003. During his undergraduate career, he was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was selected Academic All-Big Ten three times.

He played two seasons with the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens. In 2001, he was the starting quarterback for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen in the XFL.

Richardson joined Penn State's Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes as a graduate assistant in 2001 and from 2003-07, served as an academic counselor, working with football student-athletes.


From 2007-11, Richardson served as the associate director of the Rankin Smith Student-Athlete Service Center at the University of Georgia, working with members of the football, women's volleyball and equestrian teams. He joined the University of North Carolina as the associate director of Football Academic Support before the 2011 season, overseeing the advising of approximately 125 squad members.