WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Wizards announced today that the team promoted Ryan Richman to head coach of the Capital City Go-Go. Jarell Christian, who served as head coach of the Go-Go during their inaugural season, has been promoted to the Wizards as an assistant coach.
“We’re very proud to promote Ryan to head coach of the Go-Go and be a part of the next step of what I know will be a long and successful career,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks. “He has been instrumental in the development of our players during his time with the team and will be able to apply those skills to lead our G League program.”
Richman begins his seventh season with Monumental Basketball, spending last season as an assistant coach on the front of Brooks’ bench. Richman spent his first three seasons with the organization in the video room before transitioning to a role as player development coordinator/assistant coach in Brooks’ first year as head coach (2016-17). In that role, he assisted player development during pre-practice, pre-game and after-hours sessions while also analyzing game film and holding responsibility for game scouts and preparation. Richman served as the Wizards’ Summer League head coach in 2018, leading current Wizards Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant to standout performances.
“I’m extremely grateful to Mr. Leonsis, Tommy Sheppard and Coach Brooks for giving me this opportunity to grow as a coach,” said Richman. “I take the responsibility of helping the Go-Go and Monumental Basketball develop both on the court and in the community very seriously and look forward to building on the foundation that Jarell and his staff established last season.”
After playing one season at Skidmore College Richman transferred to the University of Maryland and served as a scout player for the women’s basketball team under Head Coach Brenda Freese, where he learned player development, scouting and film. Richman then worked as a graduate assistant at Maryland under Head Coach Mark Turgeon, where he assisted in day-to-day basketball operations prior to joining the Wizards’ staff in 2013.
“Having Jarell join the Wizards staff and promoting Ryan illustrates how the ability to share our staff, facility and resources with the Go-Go is invaluable to our developmental program,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “Jarell did a fantastic job last season of not only preparing Go-Go players but working with Wizards players who were on assignment and he’ll be able to continue those relationships on Coach Brooks’ bench.”
Two additional members of the Go-Go front office led by General Manager Pop Mensah-Bonsu also received promotions leading into next season. Scott Schroeder was promoted to assistant general manager/personnel and Amber Nichols was promoted to assistant general manager/operations.
The Go-Go had three players earn NBA call-ups during the season, with Chasson Randle and Jordan McRae seeing time with the Wizards and Chris Chiozza earning an opportunity with the Houston Rockets. In addition, Wizards players Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant each spent time on assignment with the Go-Go during the season. McRae went on to earn First Team All-NBA G League honors after leading the league with 30.4 points per game (eventually having his two-way contract converted to an NBA contract) while Chiozza was voted to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team.