One of the top basketball coaches in Indiana’s second city is now the leading man for Richmond High School.
Shabaz Khaliq has been approved as the boys basketball coach for the Red Devils, bringing a wealth of championship experience from Fort Wayne with him.
“The rich tradition that Richmond has in basketball, along with the community support, has me excited,” Khaliq said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and working with a staff and administration who share a similar vision.”
Khaliq has compiled a career record of 175-64 in 10 years between Fort Wayne Elmhurst and Fort Wayne North. He spent the past nine seasons at North where he won two sectionals, a regional, and a semi-state title. His 175 wins are the most for any coach in the state with 10 or fewer years of experience.
In 2017, his North squad lost a 55-52 heartbreaker in the Class 4A State Finals to Ben Davis. He guided Elmhurst to a regional title and a spot in the Class 3A Final Four in 2010, the school’s final year before closing.
“Coach Khaliq has been very successful in his coaching career, including four sectional championships and a state runner-up in 2017,” Richmond athletic director Larry Cochren said. “He will be a great leader for our student-athletes.”
Khaliq is no stranger to Richmond. He was a four-year letter winner in basketball at Earlham College where he earned a degree in business management in 2000. Khaliq also holds a B.S. from IPFW in secondary education and has taught social studies. Khaliq and his wife, Yolanda, have two children.
“Richmond has always been a second home to me and I’m looking forward to coming back,” Khaliq said.