By Will Vandervort.
Clemson men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell did not waste any time finding a new assistant basketball coach to replace Earl Grant, who left last week to become the new head coach at the College of Charleston.
The Clemson Insider has confirmed that Richie Riley will be the newest addition to Brownell’s staff. Riley comes to Clemson from the University of Alabama Birmingham where he was entering his third season as an assistant coach.
He has been an assistant coach for 12 seasons overall. Recently, Riley was a member of the Villa 7 in Portland, Ore., a program where the top assistants in the country are recognized by Nike.
Riley spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. 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 and 2011.
From 2006-09, Riley served as the recruiting coordinator for Pikeville College. While at Pikeville, he was recognized for his recruiting abilities by being named the Top NAIA Assistant Coach.
Riley began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown College for two years (2003-05) before moving on to the University of Hawai’i-Pacific for the 2005-06 season.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in special education with a minor in English from Eastern Kentucky in 2005. The native of London, Ky., played basketball for one season (2001-02) for then-EKU head coach Travis Ford.
Collegiate Coaching Experience:
Georgetown College (Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2003-05)
Hawai’i-Pacific (Assistant Coach, 2005-06)
Pikeville College (Assistant Coach, 2006-08)
(Associate Head Coach, 2008-09)
Coastal Carolina (Assistant Coach, 2009-11)
Eastern Kentucky (Assistant Coach, 2011-present)