The new Division I program at Long Island University has reportedly hired Colgate assistant coach Brett Riley as the program’s first head coach. ESPN’s John Buccigross reported Riley’s hiring on Monday.
Riley has only been at Colgate for one season. Prior to joining the Raiders, he was the first head coach at Wilkes University, starting that program from scratch.
Riley’s first Wilkes team went 16-8-2 and finished No. 14 in the nation in scoring offense, despite being a first-year program. Prior to his stint at Wilkes, Riley was the head coach at Albany Academy for three seasons. At Albany, Riley’s team competed in the Large School NEPSAC Championship for the first time in the history of the program.
Riley’s father, Rob, was the head coach at Army for 19 seasons and he’s currently a scout for the Buffalo Sabres. Jack Riley, Brett’s grandfather, coached at Army for more than 35 years and also coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1960. Riley played his college hockey at Hobart.