Robert Riley recently traded in his pads for a spot on the sidelines as an assistant coach and will begin his first season working with the safeties in 2019.
Riley had an accomplished playing career at Trine as a three-year starter in the defensive secondary. He helped Trine post back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 2017 and 2018 as well as consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships. In 2017, Trine posted a school record tying 11 wins (11-1 overall) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Riley was a two-time All-MIAA award winner, both second-team selections, and ended his career with 181 total tackles (89 solo and 92 assists) that included three tackles for loss. He had one career interception and a blocked kick. Not only a mainstay in the defensive secondary lineup, Riley also spent the last two seasons of his career as the team's starting punter. As a senior, Riley averaged a career-best 37.3 yards per punt and had a season-long punt of 67 yards. His 37.3 average ranked as the sixth best in a season in program history. Overall for his career, Riley had a lifetime average of 34.7 yards per punt in 66 attempts. He currently ranks ninth in program history in punt average.
Riley graduated from Trine in 2019 with a degree in applied management.