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Horst Richardson was born in Germany in 1941, during World War II. His mother, a war widow, married an American soldier after the war who brought the family to California. Horst earned a BA and MA from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD in German Language and literature from the University of Connecticut. He taught and coached at Colorado College beginning in 1965, retiring in 2015. German culture and history, German theatre, and soccer have been his passions at CC. Horst has served the National Soccer Coaches Association, the local Colorado Springs School Board, has sung in the Colorado Springs Chorale, enjoys hiking and traveling, has a number of publications to his name, and most importantly, has been married to Helen for 52 years. The couple have two children, Erik and Stacia, who both graduated from CC.
Helen Richardson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, and moved to Colorado Springs in 1965 to teach at Steele Elementary School. In 1966, at the first soccer game she ever attended, she met Horst, the handsome, young CC coach, fell in love, married a year later, and had two wonderful children, Erik and Stacia. After her teaching career, she worked at Colorado College in the Education Department as a supervisor of student teachers and in the Communications Department as a proofreader. She also enjoyed her involvement in Horst’s annual German play production, videotaped the CC home soccer games for a few decades, and cooked innumerable, motivational team breakfasts before important matches.