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Washington State Hires David Riley Away From Jap Washington as Basketball Coach

Washington State hired David Riley as its basketball coach on Tuesday, nabbing the two-time Big Sky Conference coach of the year at a time of uncertainty for the Cougars. Riley will move down the Palouse highway after three successful seasons as the coach at Eastern Washington. He’ll take over a Washington State program coming off

Washington State Hires David Riley Away From Jap Washington as Basketball Coach

Washington State employed David Riley as its basketball coach on Tuesday, nabbing the two-time Large Sky Convention coach of the 12 months at a time of uncertainty for the Cougars.

Riley will transfer down the Palouse freeway after three profitable seasons because the coach at Jap Washington. He’ll take over a Washington State program coming off its first NCAA Match look in 16 years, however with important questions after the collapse of the Pac-12 Convention. The Cougars will play the following two years as affiliate members of the West Coast Convention, however have already seen key gamers enter the switch portal.

Riley replaces Kyle Smith, who spent 5 years in Pullman earlier than taking the top job at Stanford after the Cougars were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Match by Iowa State.

The 35-year-old Riley was 62-30 at Jap Washington, together with consecutive Large Sky regular-season titles. He agreed to a six-year contract with Washington State.

“All through the method, Dave’s teaching acumen was evident as was his capability to create a successful tradition. In simply three seasons, he has emphasised participant improvement by means of a fast-paced, high-powered offense that permits his student-athletes to play free and confidently,” Washington State interim athletic director Anne McCoy stated.

Washington State appeared to target Montana State coach Matt Logie to take over for Smith, however Logie opted to stick with the Bobcats following an NCAA Match look. Riley then grew to become the apparent selection, regardless of his youth. Riley performed collegiately at Division III Whitworth and spent 13 seasons at Jap Washington in quite a lot of roles, working his manner as much as the top job in 2021.

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Getting the possibility at Washington State is a step up for Riley, but it surely comes with issues concerning the future. Together with the unknows about Washington State’s convention affiliation sooner or later, the Cougars misplaced athletic director Pat Chun last week after he took the identical position at rival Washington.

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“WSU is a dream job and embodies all the pieces that school athletics is about,” Riley stated. “I’m excited to construct on the muse that has been laid right here. We sit up for recruiting and retaining student-athletes who wish to be right here and perceive how particular it’s on the Palouse.”

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