Report: Clemson hires new basketball assistant

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    |'s Jon Rothstein is reporting on Sunday evening that Clemson has hired UAB assistant basketball coach Richie Riley to take the spot of former Clemson assistant Earl Grant.

Grant left to take over as the new men's basketball head coach at College of Charleston.

From UAB official bio:

Richie Riley enters his third season as an assistant coach at UAB and his coming into his 13th season overall.

Riley, who many consider as one of the bright up-and-coming young coaches in the nation, came to UAB after spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Recently, Riley was a member of the Villa 7 in Portland, Ore., a program where the top assistants in the country are recognized by Nike.

Before arriving at EKU, Riley served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina where he helped the Chanticleers win back-to-back Big South regular season titles. With Riley on the sidelines in 2010-11, Coastal Carolina opened league play with 15 straight victories and went on to set a Big South record for league wins in a season (15). The Chanticleers advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in both 2010 (lost at UAB in the opening round) and 2011.

From 2006-09, Riley served as the recruiting coordinator for Pikeville College. While at Pikeville, Riley was recognized for his recruiting abilities by being named the `Top NAIA Assistant Coach' by the website.

"I am extremely excited to be joining a UAB program that has such a steep basketball tradition," Riley said. "It's the type of job I have always worked for, and to come down there and work for a guy like Jerod Haase is such a terrific opportunity. I really feel like we will do good things at UAB and I am just so thrilled to get down there and get to work."

"Richie is a guy who has a great reputation as one of the top young coaches in the country," Haase said. "He has a lot of experience with recruiting nationally both at the high school and junior college levels. He is a younger guy who has a great personality and is someone who I think will connect with the players. He is a tireless worker and has worked his way up the coaching ranks. He is going to be a great addition to the staff."

Riley began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown College for two years (2003-05) before moving on to the University of Hawai'i-Pacific for the 2005-06 season.

Riley earned his bachelor's degree in special education with a minor in English from Eastern Kentucky in 2005. The native of London, Ky., played basketball for one season (2001-02) for then-EKU head coach Travis Ford.

Riley is married to the former Jess Lovell and has one son Reese, born in April, 2014.

Richie Riley File
Born: Jan. 8, 1983
Wife: Jess, son Reese (born April, 2014)
Hometown: London, Ky.
Eastern Kentucky (B.A., Special Education, 2005)

Collegiate Coaching Experience:
Georgetown College (Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2003-05)
Hawai'i-Pacific (Assistant Coach, 2005-06)
Pikeville College (Assistant Coach, 2006-08)
(Associate Head Coach, 2008-09)
Coastal Carolina (Assistant Coach, 2009-11)
Eastern Kentucky (Assistant Coach, 2011-present)

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