|Todd Richards was named head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on May 14, 2012. He joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on June 20, 2011 and took over as interim head coach on January 9, 2012. He led the Blue Jackets to an 18-21-2 record, including a 16-14-1 mark over the final 31 games with wins in seven of its last 11 outings. Columbus also went 14-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period after dropping points in eight of its previous 17 games when leading after two periods (9-6-2).
After retiring from playing, Richards spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals advanced to the playoffs each year. In 2004, Milwaukee won the Calder Cup, after sweeping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in four games. Richards career as an NHL head coach began with the Minnesota Wild, where he led the team to a 77-71-6 record from 2009-2011.