Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Football Operations Lloyd Richards Jr. begins his fifth season as Director of Football Operations, and second year with the added responsibility of Assistant Athletic Director for the Illini. Richards' responsibilities include coordinating the day-to-day operations for the entire U of I football program, working closely with the staff and DIA administration in all aspects of planning for Illini football including: scheduling, budgeting, facilities, travel and game management.
In 2001, Richards served as the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for the Washington Redskins. While in Washington D.C., Richards was instrumental in the signing of players from the free agent market and maintaining a working list of free agents during the regular season. Another key part of Richards' job was the evaluation of talent. In addition to evaluating free agents, Richards evaluated the performance and talent level of Washington's roster players and assigned their value to the club. This talent evaluation process spilled into other professional leagues as he served as the Redskins' liaison and coordinator for NFL Europe.
Prior to his time in Washington, Richards spent three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, serving as the team's College Area Scout for the West Coast his final year. As a scout, Richards combed a 10-state, 65-school area on the West Coast, generating talent and character reports for draft-eligible players. Richards also served as a "War Room" consultant for the Buccaneers on draft day. Richards' first two years with Tampa Bay were spent as a Pro Personnel Assistant.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Richards spent two years as the Illinois' Graduate Assistant for Recruiting and Operations. Richards is a 1995 graduate of Illinois in speech communication and earned three letters while on the Illinois football team as a defensive back. Upon his return to the University, Richards completed work on his master's degree in organizational communications, which he received in August 2004.
Richards and his wife, Maria, have two children, Jasmin and Lloyd III.