Lester Richmond spent one season on the Illinois coaching staff as a defensive graduate assistant, assisting Keith Gilmore with the Fighting Illini defensive line in 2012.
Prior to coming to Illinois, he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State in 2011.
Richmond was a four-year letterwinner at Toledo, where he served as a team captain in 2009. He earned the Gus Yager Team Leadership Award and FCA of Ohio Award in 2009.
He graduated from Toledo with a bachelor's degree in marketing and sales in December 2009 before completing a master's degree in kinesiology and sport administration from Mississippi State in 2012.