BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former University of Pikeville assistant coach Richie Riley is set to enter his first season on the staff of the UAB men’s basketball program. He is poised to coach in his 11th season overall.
Riley spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. He has also coached at Coastal Carolina.
Before arriving at EKU, Riley served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina where he helped the Chanticleers win back-to-back Big South regular season titles. With Riley on the sidelines in 2010-11, Coastal Carolina opened league play with 15 straight victories and went on to set a Big South record for league wins in a season (15). The Chanticleers advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in both 2010 (lost at UAB in the opening round) and 2011.
From 2006-09, Riley served as the recruiting coordinator for Pikeville College. While at Pikeville, Riley was recognized for his recruiting abilities by being named the `Top NAIA Assistant Coach’ by the RecruitingRumors.com website.
“I am extremely excited to be joining a UAB program that has such a steep basketball tradition,” Riley said. “It’s the type of job I have always worked for, and to come down there and work for a guy like Jerod Haase is such a terrific opportunity. I really feel like we will do good things at UAB and I am just so thrilled to get down there and get to work.”
“Richie is a guy who has a great reputation as one of the top young coaches in the country,” UAB Coach Jerod Haase said. “He has a lot of experience with recruiting nationally both at the high school and junior college levels. He is a younger guy who has a great personality and is someone who I think will connect with the players. He is a tireless worker and has worked his way up the coaching ranks. He is going to be a great addition to the staff.”
UAB competes in Conference USA along with East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and UTEP.
The Blazers ended the 2011-12 season 15-16 overall and 9-7 in Conference USA.