Riley comes to UAB following a one-year stint at Jacksonville State University. At JSU, Riley served in the same position as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
Under his guidance, place kicker Griffin Thomas earned Phil Steele All-America honors and was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference. Thomas was one of the top kickers in the nation after setting numerous OVC and school records, including made field goals (23), field goal attempts (30) and points scored by kicking (128).
Riley went to Jacksonville State after serving as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons at Newberry College under head coach Todd Knight.
From 2007-10, Riley served as a defensive graduate assistant under head coach Dabo Swinney at Clemson University. While with the Tigers, Riley worked primarily with the defense, coaching bandit ends, sam linebackers, the secondary and also working extensively with the Tigers' special teams unit.
Prior to coaching at Clemson, Riley was the defensive secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., from 2004-06, and held the same positions at Newberry College from 2003-04.
While at Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., Riley served as the defensive secondary coach, special teams coordinator, strength coach and the schools recruiting coordinator from 2001-03. He also spent time on the offensive side of the ball as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in 2001.
Riley also served as the defensive secondary coach from 2000-01 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. While at Fairfield, Riley was apart of a defensive unit that ranked number one in the nation with 30 interceptions. Riley also coached AP All-American and Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year Steve Dogmantis Fairfield.
Riley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Charleston Southern University, where he was also a three-year letterman. He served as outside linebackers under head coach David Dowd.
Riley is a native of Beaufort S.C. He finished with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and physical education in 1999. In 2009, he graduated with a master's degree in youth development leadership from Clemson.