David Riley begins his third season on the coaching staff in the 2016-17 school year after being elevated to an assistant men’s coaching position at EWU in May of 2014. He was previously Eastern’s director of basketball operations, and has retained some of those duties as well as his on-floor coaching of post players and recruiting.
Riley played for EWU head coach Jim Hayford at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., from the 2007-08 season through 2010-11, earning All-Northwest Conference accolades all four years. Whitworth teams were a collective 98-18 while Riley was there, with three NWC titles (55-9 in league play) and four appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
He graduated in 2011 from Whitworth, then joined Hayford at EWU the following season. Riley, whose uncle, Mike Riley, is head football coach at Nebraska (formerly at Oregon State), helped as a manager and team operations assistant three previous seasons, including the first two as a graduate assistant. He received his master of science degree in physical education from EWU in 2013.
“David has been a part of building our program, first as a graduate assistant, then as an excellent director of basketball operations and now as an assistant coach,” said Hayford. “I am pleased that David joined our coaching staff to advance his career. David has the respect of the players -- the players love him and I love him. He was fun to coach and that brings an added dimension -- he can relate to players as a former player of mine. Coaching runs in his blood.”
His first two seasons as an assistant have been historic for the Eagles – Eastern’s combined 44 victories are the most for EWU since becoming a member of Division I in the 1983-84 season. He helped coach Eastern to a 26-9 record overall, Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and a NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2014-15 season. The following season, he helped EWU to its first-ever victory in a national postseason tournament in 33 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I when the Eagles beat Pepperdine 79-72 in the College Basketball Invitational. Eastern won 18 games in the 2015-16 season, led by first team All-Big Sky and National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 performers Venky Jois and Austin McBroom.
In his first three seasons in the program, Riley was the team’s video and analytics coordinator, managed the team’s recruiting database and handled facility scheduling. He also assisted with player academics and summer camps.
Riley earned first team All-NWC honors his final three seasons as a Pirate after starting 112 of 114 games in his career. He finished with 1,664 points (14.6 per game) to rank fourth in Whitworth history and made 43.1 percent of his three-point attempts (300-of-696).
He averaged 16.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a senior when he earned third team All-Region (D3hoops.com) honors. He made 45.6 percent of his shots from the field and 41.6 percent from three-point range (82-of-197). Riley drained a school-record 10 three-pointers and finished with 33 points in a 115-69 triumph over Willamette on Feb. 11, 2011. The Pirates finished 28-2 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the D-III Tournament for the first time in school history.
In his junior season, he averaged 13.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and made 40.9 percent of his 3-point shots (65-of-159). Riley scored 34 points in a win over Whitman on January 19, 2010. He helped Whitworth to a 26-3 record that included a perfect 16-0 mark in the NWC and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the D-III Tournament.
He averaged 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore while making 84-of-180 3-pointers (46.7 percent). He scored a career-high 37 points in a win over PLU on Jan. 17, 2009. Whitworth finished second in the NWC during the regular season, but upset Puget Sound in the conference tournament and advanced to the D-III second round. The Pirates finished 23-6.
He averaged 11.9 points and 69-of-160 3-pointers (43.1) in his freshman campaign. He scored 29 points in a win over Caltech on Nov. 24, 2007, in just the second game of his Pirate career. He helped the Pirates finish 21-7, win the NWC regular season championship and advance to the D-III Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Riley is formerly from Palo Alto, Calif., and graduated from Gunn High School in 2007. He earned All-Central Coast Section honors as a senior at Gunn.
He was born Nov. 28, 1988, in Seattle Washington. His father, Edward Riley, is a Whitworth graduate and is currently a physician and professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Edward’s brother, Mike Riley, grew up in Wallace, Idaho, and began his coaching career in 1976 at Whitworth. He received his master’s degree in 1977 and has since gone on to head coaching positions at Nebraska (2015-present), Oregon State (1997-98, 2003-2014), the San Diego Chargers (1999-2001) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (1987-1990). Mike and Edward’s father, Bud Riley, was an assistant football coach at Idaho (1962-65), Oregon State (1965-72) and the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1974-77).
David Riley’s mother, Rev. Renee Riley, also graduated from Whitworth and was ordained in 1986. She was the Moderator of the Presbytery of San Jose in 1998. She passed away on April 6, 2005, at the age of 45 from a brain tumor.