Riley Wallace

Riley Wallace (born October 25, 1941)

Current position: Centenary Gentlemen, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Centenary record: 15-27 (.357)
Hawaii record: 334-265 (.558)
Overall record^: 349-292 (.544)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1994, 2001, 2002)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  6  (1989, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004)
  • WAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1997, 2002)
  • WAC Tournament Champion:  3  (1994, 2001, 2002)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1987-2007 Hawaii
1984-1987 Seminole JC
1978-1984 Hawaii (assoc. HC)
1976-1978 Centenary
1971-1976 Centenary (asst)

Riley Wallace Facts

  • Robert Riley Wallace
  • Born October 25, 1941
  • Hometown: Jerseyville, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Centenary College (BS, 1964) / University of Illinois (M.Ed, 1968)
  • Born in Alton, IL and raised in Jerseyville, IL, where he attended Jerseyville Community HS
  • Attended then-Division I Centenary in Shreveport, LA, spending three seasons playing under head coach Orvis Sigler
  • Became an assistant coach under Larry Little at Litchfield HS (IL) in 1964, then two years later became the head coach
    • Went 69–59 over five seasons and also served as the track and field head coach
  • Returned to alma mater Centenary College in 1971, spending five seasons as an assistant (again under Little)
    • Became the head coach in 1976, going 15-27 over roughly one and a half seasons
  • Moved on to Hawaii in 1978 for a third stint on Little’s staff, spending six years as his associate head coach
  • Spent three years as head coach at Seminole JC (OK); went 68-36 overall and won 26 games in each of his first two seasons
  • Hired in 1987 to be the head coach at Hawaii, leading the Rainbow Warriors for the next 20 seasons
    • Compiled a 334-265 record overall, going to three NCAA Tournaments and six NITs
    • Named WAC Coach of the Year three times, won two WAC titles and three WAC Tournaments
    • Retired from coaching 2007 after 43 years in coaching; has (by far) the most wins of any Hawaii head coach
  • Along with his wife, Joan, has one son and one daughter

Riley Wallace Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only

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