Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat cross country and track and field program has added Dr. Tim Riley to the coaching staff. Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Fred Harvey announced that Riley would be an assistant coach to James Li during the cross country season. Riley will also help coach the distance runners during the track and field season.
Riley, who is originally from Corvallis, Oregon, previously coached at Washington State University under track and field legend Rick Sloan and previous distance coach Pete Julian. Riley was hired by Washington State University to coach the men's and women's cross country teams Aug. 28, 2012, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Cougars' program from 2008-2012.
While at Washington State, Riley had success on both the men’s and women’s side. Under Riley’s guidance, the WSU women set 3 school records and had a total of 9 top 10 WSU marks on the track from the 800m to 10,000m. At the 2014 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships Ruby Roberts finished seventh in the women’s 1500m, and Abby Regan finished fifth in the women’s 800m. On the men’s side, Riley coached Jesse Jorgensen to earn All-American honors in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in the men’s 800m. Also in 2014, Andrew Gonzales (steeplechase) and Jesse Jorgensen (800m) qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships. At the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, WSU’s men scored in the 3,000m steeplechase (third, six), the 800m (fourth), and in the 5,000m (seventh). For the 2014 NCAA West Regional Preliminary Round, WSU had six qualifiers and 27 total individual qualifiers since 2010 in the 800m, 1500m, Steeplechase, 5,000m, 10,000m events. In cross country, the WSU women finished 14th and 19th while the men have finished eighth and seventh in the 2013 and 2012 NCAA West Regional. In 2011 the men qualified for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in 2011 where they finished 21st, the highest finish since 1998.
Prior to WSU, Riley was an assistant coach of track and field and cross country at the College of Idaho from 2004 to 2006. During the 2004 season, Riley coached the men's team to a 17th place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships. The Coyotes had three individual qualifiers for the 2005 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships and three individual qualifiers for the 2004 Cross Country National Championships during Riley's time there. Riley also coached one All-American at the 2005 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Riley was an outstanding cross country and track and field athlete at Eastern Oregon University where he earned All-America honors in 2004. He was a two-time NAIA indoor track and field national qualifier and a three-time NAIA outdoor track and field national qualifier, winning the 2004 10,000m national championship. While at Eastern Oregon, Riley also went to four NAIA cross country national championships and was a member of the first place NAIA cross country national championship academic team in 2001. During his time competing at Eastern Oregon, Riley was a four-time cross country MVP and selected track and field MVP once.
He attended Eastern Oregon University where he earned a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Art, (2004). In May 2012 he received his PhD in neuroscience from the department of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology (VCAPP) at Washington State University.
Riley has been a United States of America Track and Field member from 2008 to present and has been a member of the Society of Neuroscience during that time period. He enjoys fly-fishing, golf, photography and backpacking.
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