Riley and Hayford have been together since the 2007-08 season when the sharp-shooting Riley began playing for the former Whitworth head coach
Eastern Washington University director of basketball operations David Riley has been elevated to an assistant men’s coaching position at EWU, fourth-year head coach Jim Hayford has announced.
Riley, 25, takes the place on the staff of Craig Fortier, who left Eastern to become a women’s assistant coach for his wife, Lisa, at Gonzaga. Hayford’s other two assistants are Shantay Legans and Alex Pribble, and both received elevations in their positions with the recent changes.
Riley played for 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 Oregon State University, has helped as a manager and team operations assistant the past three 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 for the last three years, first as a graduate assistant and then as an excellent director of Basketball operations,” said Hayford. “I am pleased that David can join our staff and 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 so we’re very excited to promote David and happy for the opportunity for Craig and Lisa with the Gonzaga women’s program.”
In the past three seasons, 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. Hayford said specific responsibilities for his staff are to be determined.
“We’ll look at all the different things that need to be done, and see whose skill sets fit the best. We’ll match the coaches with their strengths, but I’ll be a little more involved now on the defensive side of the court. The neat thing is we have a great corp of returning players who have a grasp of our system, and we’ll be able to continue building on all the coaching and teaching they received as freshmen and sophomores.”
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 Oregon State (1997-98, 2003-present), 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.
Hayford, who spent 10 years at Whitworth before spending the last three at EWU, is pleased to see the opportunity for the Fortier family to remain in the Inland Northwest. Craig and Lisa have two sons, Marcus and Calvin, and a daughter due in July.
“For coach Fortier to go and assist his wife Lisa – and with a third child on the way – this is a change in staff that just feels right. I’m sad to see him leave after coaching with him for seven years, but I’m glad he’s right here in the community and he will be able to help his wife with the huge opportunity that is in front of her. That’s a great thing.”