Coach Riley, 41, boasts a rich basketball background that spans his formative years at Oxon Hill Boys & Girls Club to his collegiate days at Morgan State University, where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in broadcast journalism. After a brief stint as a player in high school, Riley seamlessly transitioned back to the sport he fell in love with as a youth.
Post-graduation, Riley leveraged his major and secured a sports reporter position at the Afro American Newspaper in Baltimore. Swiftly ascending to the role of Sports Editor for the entire Washington, D.C. area, Riley’s journey expanded into basketball scouting, evaluation, and analytics. Collaborations with various websites, including a brief stint with ESPN’s NBA platform, enriched his experience in the sports industry.
In 2018, the Afro American Newspaper’s sports department closed its doors, but Riley had already embarked on a new passion. Stepping into football coaching duties for his then-8-year-old son at the same Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club where he had started his own basketball journey, Riley discovered a profound joy in mentoring youth. His involvement expanded to include assisting with his son’s AAU basketball team, ultimately leading to his role on the coaching staff for the Oxon Hill basketball club in 2022. Here, Riley remains dedicated to shaping young lives, providing guidance, and imparting basketball wisdom to the next generation.