May 13, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army head hockey coach Brian Riley, who completed his 10th season in that role in 2013-14, was named president of the American Hockey Coaches Association, organization officials announced Monday. Riley, who has served the AHCA for the past two years as Vice President for Membership, starts his new position on July 1.
“Brian (Riley) has demonstrated a sincere desire to assist the AHCA since he first became an officer two years ago,” said AHCA Executive Director Joe Bertagna. “It is easy to see the qualities in him that have made him a success over the years.”
“I’m honored and humbled to serve the American Hockey Coaches’ Association,” stated Riley. “I’ve been involved with the AHCA for a couple of years and witnessed what a great organization it truly is. Some of the best coaching minds in the game are actively involved, and it’s a group I’m extremely privileged to work with in an effort to better the sport we all love.”
Just the third Army hockey coach in the past 62 years, Riley has made his mark on an Army program coached by his father and brother in just under a decade. He is a three-time Atlantic Hockey Association Coach of the Year, has guided Army to eight consecutive Atlantic Hockey Association playoff berths and led the team to its the first regular season championship in program history. Riley also serves on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee, which is responsible for the management of the NCAA Championship.
Riley assisted his brother, Rob, for 14 seasons before taking the reins of the program in 2004-05. Rob coached 18 seasons at West Point, following the 36-year tenure of their father, Jack, who also led the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal at Squaw Valley.
A 1983 graduate of Brown, Riley began his coaching career in 1984 with a three-year stint as an assistant coach at SUNY Plattsburgh. During that period, the Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times, reaching the championship game twice.
In 1988, Riley moved to the Division I ranks at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. There, he teamed with his cousin, Bill Riley, for one season, directing the River Hawks to the NCAA Tournament, giving him his fourth-straight postseason appearance.
The following winter, Riley joined his brother's staff at West Point for the first time, where he spent the next seven seasons. In 1996, the West Point native left the comfort and familiarity of the Academy, where he grew up, for the Midwest and a head coaching position at Shattuck St. Mary's Prep School in Faribault, Minn. Riley carved out a stellar two-year coaching career at Shattuck St. Mary’s with his teams compiling an impressive 94-19-10 record. In his first season, Riley directed the squad to a 40-9-7 record before improving to 54-10-3 in 1997-98.
In 1999, Riley returned to West Point, where he served at his brother's side until assuming the head coaching position in 2004.
With Riley assuming his new duties, Cornell University assistant coach Ben Syer was named to replace him as AHCA Vice-President for Membership. Also, Clarkson head coach Casey Jones was named Vice-President for Sponsorships, replacing Providence College head coach Nate Leaman. In addition, the following coaches were named to serve on the AHCA Board of Governors: Dallas Ferguson, Head Coach at the University of Alaska; Rob Facca, Assistant Coach at Western Michigan University; Bill Moore, Head Coach at St. Mary's University; and Paul Lowden, Non-Varsity Representative, Davenport College.
Press release courtesy of the American Hockey Coaches Association.