This past June Mike Riley was announced as the head coach for the San Antonio Commanders. Coach Riley’s resume consists of various coaching success at the college level, a brief stint in the NFL, and ties to a previous pro football team in San Antonio.
The SA Commanders is not the first time Riley has held a coaching job for a pro football team in San Antonio. Riley was once the head coach for the San Antonio Riders that were part of the now-defunct WLAF league. The San Antonio Riders only stuck around form 1991-1992 not being able to gain much success with the WLAF venture. The Riders would later be moved to the CFL ending their short time in San Antonio with a record of 11-9 under coach Riley.
Riley had a brief stint in the NFL as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001, he was not able to garner the same amount of success he had at the collegiate level and would return to Oregon State University for the second time in 2003. Riley’s most successful head coaching tenure would be here with Oregon State from 2003-2014. Riley was able to take Oregon State to 8 bowl game appearances with a record of 6-2. Riley would go on to hold the record for Oregon State as the most winningest head coach with 93 total wins.
Coach Riley brings a stout resume that boasts of experience within the professional and collegiate levels of football to the San Antonio Commanders team. Only time will tell if all his past success will transition to a fruitful career in San Antonio.