John Patrick Riley Jr.
John Patrick Riley Jr.

Head Coach (1951-86)

Army's all-time winningest coach, Jack Riley authored a 542-343-20 record during his remarkable 36-year career at the Black Knights' hockey helm. He retired in 1986 as the second-winningest college hockey head coach in NCAA history and currently ranks ninth on the list.

Riley was named NCAA "Coach of the Year" in 1957 and 1960, guided Army to 29 winning seasons and led the Black Knights to a school-record 28 victories during the 1983-84 campaign. His Army teams reached postseason play nine times in all during a career that spanned four decades along the banks of the Hudson.

Riley served as head coach of the United States Olympic team in 1960 and directed the squad to its first gold medal. A two-time winner of the Lester Patrick Award (1986, 2002), presented for outstanding service to U.S. hockey, Riley was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979. He was also inducted into International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.