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Hastings College athletic cirector BJ Pumroy announced today that Todd Raridon, a 1980 graduate of the college, will return to Hastings as the head men’s basketball coach after spending the past 18 years at North Central (Ill.).
“Having the opportunity to hire a highly respected veteran coach with ties to the campus led us to bring Todd Raridon back to Hastings College,” Pumroy said. “Coach Raridon’s long history of success on the floor and in the campus communities makes this an appealing opportunity to increase the level of play and community connection for the team.”
In his time as the Cardinals’ head coach, Raridon has directed the team to the most successful such period in the program’s history. His current coaching record at North Central is 290-145, making him the winning coach in program history. In 31 years total as a collegiate head coach, Raridon owns a record of 559-270, ranking him eighth among active NCAA Division III coaches and 30th all-time in Division III in coaching victories.
Raridon previously spent 15 seasons at Nebraska Wesleyan, where he won 269 games and took the program to the 1997 national title game among seven trips to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
During his time at North Central, the Cardinals won three College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championships, five CCIW tournament championships, eight appearances in the Division III NCAA Tournament, recorded the schools most wins in a season at 28, led the program to its first No. 1 ranking, coached four All-Americans, including his sons, Derek and Connor, 20 All-Region selections and 40 All-CCIW awards.
Raridon played basketball at Hastings, where he was a four-year letterman and was also named Hastings’ Alumni Coach of the Year in 2013. He played for the Broncos legendary coach and NAIA Hall of Famer Lynn Farrell.
“I’m thrilled to lead the basketball program that has had so many great players and coaches over the years,” Raridon said.
Raridon will officially begin duties at Hastings on March 22.