Head Coach Michael Richardson
Michael Richardson returns to the Billings Bulls for his second season as head coach. Richardson served as assistant coach for the Billings Bulls from 2010 – 2012. During this period, Richardson served as Head Coach of the programs 16AAA team. In 2011, Richardson was voted coach of the year in the NJPHL where his 16AAA team competed and in 2012 won the bronze medal with the
Billings Bulls at the USA National Championships.
Richardson has coached coast to coast at a variety of different competitive levels. With each team, Richardson’s priorities have always been the same, develop his players to advance to higher levels, and winning. Richardson served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Lake Tahoe Blue of the Western States Hockey League in the 2014-2015 season. With the Blue, Richardson’s team was at the top of the league with Power Play percentage. Richardson continued to stay true to his beliefs and advanced his players to the NCAA, ACHA and Tier 2 junior hockey.
From 2012 – 2014 Richardson served as Head Coach of the Atlanta Fire 18AAA team and Assistant Hockey Director for the organization. With the Fire, Richardson’s teams advanced to the state championships two years in a row. Richardson played an important part of developing a relationship with the North American Hockey League’s Topeka Roadrunners. With this relationship Richardson served as an assistant coach with the Roadrunners on available travel weekends. What Richardson is most proud of, is the players who advanced from the Fire to junior and college hockey, which is over 25 players in two seasons.
Prior to Richardson’s first coaching stint in Billings, he spent the 2009-2010 season with multiple roles coaching in his hometown of San Jose, California. He served as the Assistant Coach with the San Jose Jr. Sharks 18AAA and 16AAA teams, and each team advanced to the Pacific District Finals. Along with his duties with both AAA hockey teams, Richardson also served as a development coach for the San Jose Jr. Sharks program. As the clubs development coach, Richardson worked with every player in the program on a weekly basis during the clubs skill session practices. . During this time period Richardson also served as an assistant coach with San Jose State University Spartans Hockey Club. The Spartans advanced to the National Championships in 2010, and again in 2011 with the freshman class Richardson assisted in recruiting.
In the 2008 – 2009 season, Richardson had the privilege of working with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Richardson assisted the team’s video coaching staff with collecting and editing game film for the teams scouting sessions on upcoming opponents.
Richardson started his coaching career in 2003 and under his guidance he has promoted players of all ages onto higher levels of hockey, from youth to junior hockey, junior to college hockey, and college hockey to professional hockey.
Richardson and his wife Lindsay are both proud to call Billings Montana home year around.
Assistant Coach: Trent Ritchie
Trent Ritchie returns to the Billings Bulls for his second year serving as the Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting. Ritchie, 25, won the Thorne Cup Championship with the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) where he served in a similar capacity as the Assistant Coach/Director of Hockey Operations for the Junior Steelheads during the 2014-2015 season. During his time in Idaho the team posted a 54-4-2 record, which was the best overall record in the WSHL. In addition to the teams record on the ice, Trent also helped players move on to higher level of hockey securing two players NCAA DIII opportunities and had three players move up and play games in the North American Hockey League.
Before his time in Idaho, Trent was on staff with the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he was a regional scout and finished the season on the coaching staff under current USHL Bloomington Thunder Head Coach Dennis Williams. With the Bulls he was in charge of game video breakdown and camp recruiting. He coordinated and filled three camps for the Bulls. Ritchie continues his relationship with the Bulls as a Scout.
At the beginning of his career Ritchie served as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations for the NAHL. In this role he was in charge of assisting all the leagues under the NAHL with Hockey Operation related situations which included tracking of the tendered players, commitments, and alumni as well as running the 2013 NA3HL Draft.
Trent graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management & a Minor in Business from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. During his time at Arkansas Ritchie was part of the University of Arkansas ACHA Hockey Team, playing 4 years and serving on the board as Vice-President for two seasons. On the ice the success of the Ice Hogs was unmatched winning the SECHC Championship 3 out of his 4 years on the team and making a Nationals Appearance during his freshman season. Prior to his college hockey experience Trent finished his High School career winning the 2009 Rocky Mountain District High School Championship as well as the 2009 Texas High School State Championship
Trent is originally from Dallas, Texas, where he spends his off-seasons.