Prior to arriving on the Circle, Coach Riley spent four seasons coaching at Bowdoin College in Maine, where the Polar Bears enjoyed a 61–33–8 record. During Riley’s four years with Bowdoin, the team finished two seasons with the #1 power play in the league and, for the first time in school history, captured the regular-season NESCAC title. Mr. Riley played an integral part in the growth and development of the Bowdoin hockey team and led the recruiting efforts by attracting some of the most talented players in the NESCAC.
Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mr. Riley played at Kimball Union Academy, where he was team captain as well as school president. He then went on to play hockey at Colby College, where his team went 64–30–8 over four years. The team earned an NCAA bid as the #2 team in the country during his first year and celebrated an ECAC championship during his sophomore year. As a senior, he served as an assistant captain and earned the Jack Kelly Coaches Award.
Soon after graduating from Colby, Coach Riley went to work at New Hampton School in New Hampshire, where he coached varsity hockey and baseball, taught Spanish, tutored, and served as a dorm head. He has also worked as an on-ice coach at the USA Hockey Select 14, 15, 16, and 17 National Camps and alongside five-time Stanley Cup–winning coach Barry Smith at the Junior Prep Hockey Camp in British Columbia. Holding an MS in education from the University of Southern Maine, Mr. Riley works full-time in the Admission Office, where he is director of financial aid, and also coaches thirds tennis.