David Riley

David Riley (born November 28, 1988)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Washington State Cougars
Current conference: West Coast Conference (WCC)
Eastern Washington record: 62-38 (.620)
Washington State record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 62-38 (.620)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Washington State
2021-2024 Eastern Washington
2020-2021 Eastern Washington (assoc. HC)
2014-2020 Eastern Washington (asst)
2013-2014 Eastern Washington (DBO)
2011-2013 Eastern Washington (grad. asst)

David Riley Facts

  • David Riley
  • Born November 28, 1988
  • Hometown: Palo Alto, California
  • Alma Mater: Whitworth University (BA, 2011) / Eastern Washington University (MS, 2013)
  • Born in Seattle, Riley was raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Gunn HS in Palo Alto, HS
  • Played for Jim Hayford at D-III Whitworth in Spokane, WA for four seasons, earning all-conference honors every year
  • Hayford left for Eastern Washington in 2011 and Riley joined his staff as a graduate assistant
    • Riley has worked his way up the ranks at EWU, spending one season as DBO and six as an assistant coach
    • Hayford left for Seattle in 2017 but Riley remained on staff under Shantay Legans for the next five seasons; in 2020, Legans elevated Riley to associate head coach and that year the Eagles made it to the NCAA Tournament
  • Legans was hired by Portland in March 2021 and the later that week Riley was promoted to head coach at EWU
  • Hired in April 2024 to be the new head coach at Washington State, moving into a new era in the WCC

David Riley Coaching Tree

  • Mark Darnall (Jessup)