Tennis coach is leaving Stillman College - Tuscaloosa Magazine

posted on 05 Aug 2015 12:53 by penitenteconomy10
<p>Will Riley, the winningest coach at Stillman College and one of the most successful in school history, is leaving to become head men's and women's tennis coach at Coppin State, an NCAA Division I school in Baltimore that competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.</p><p>"Coach Riley has been here over 23 years," said Stillman interim athletics director Cassandra Moorer. "It's going to be a tremendous loss because he was not only the head tennis coach but he did so many other things at the college. He was our recruiting specialist as well, so we're going to miss them in those areas.</p><p>"He's really built the program from the ground up. It's going to be a tremendous job to find someone who can fill the shoes of Coach Riley. We're excited for him but we're going to miss him."</p><p>Riley, who graduated from Stillman in 1993, amassed an 818-316 record and won five conference championships coaching the men's and women's tennis teams for the Tigers. He was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year five times.</p><p>"I always stressed academics to my players," Riley said in a statement. "Seeing them graduate meant more to me than any accomplishments they had while playing tennis. Our program has produced three of the last six valedictorians at Stillman, and I look to carry that same focus to Coppin State."</p><p>Riley is the second highly successful spring sports coach that Stillman, which competes at the Division II level, has lost since cutting back athletic schedules in those sports in the spring to mostly conference-only competitions. Donny Crawford resigned as baseball coach in May.</p><p>"We're moving forward, starting with our fall sports as we've always done, and into our winter sports and into spring," Moorer said. "We're on the go. Everything is fine. We just have to find a replacement for Coach Riley."</p>