|Alma Mater:||Eastern Oregon, '04|
Dr. Tim Riley brings innovating training methods with successful results to the Cougar cross country, middle distance and distance corps, in addition to demonstrating his recruiting abilities in bringing a high level of talented newcomers to Pullman.
Riley was hired by Washington State University to coach the men's and women's cross country teams Aug. 28, 2012, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Cougars' program from 2008-2012.
In his first season at the helm of the Cougars cross country program, the Cougars had strong showings at the end of the season. At the 2012 NCAA West Regional Championships, the Cougar men’s team placed seventh out of 26 teams and the WSU women placed 19th out of 28 teams. Riley had a runner advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships when redshirt sophomore Todd Wakefield received an at-large berth to the national meet after running to an outstanding 14th-place finish at the NCAA West Regionals. Wakefield, a middle distance specialist, went on at nationals to finish the 10k course in a time of 30:50.7 for 111th place, an improvement over his 2011 finish at 186th.
The noteworthy accomplishments continued as the harriers hit the track oval. During the 2013 indoor season Riley guided a pair of Cougar men to upset victories at the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. Wakefield won the 3000m over an elite field and Drew Jordan surprised an accomplished field to win the 5000m. Wakefield and Jordan were also on the DMR squad with Jacob Sealby and Jesse Jorgensen, that ran the seventh-fastest time in school history of 9:40.20i. Caroline Austin’s PR time in the 3000m of 9:32.32i was sixth-fastest all-time, and outdoors ran the school record in the steeplechase with at time of 10:08.49. Roberts had an outstanding winter/spring including PRs in the mile of 4:46.67i (second-best all-time), in the 1500m with a time of 4:20.16 (fourth-best all-time), and in the 5000m with a time of 16:24.94 (fourth-best all-time). Courtney Zalud’s 800m PR time of 2:08.29 is ninth-best all-time. At the Pac-12 Championships, the distance squad had two runner-up finishes in the men’s 1500m (Todd Wakefield) and 800m (Jesse Jorgensen) and three additional scorers (men’s 10,000m, women’s steeplechase, women’s 1500m). Riley had eight athletes qualify for the 2013 NCAA Track and Field West Region preliminary round. Academically, 10 athletes were selected for the All-Pac 12 academic team in cross country and track and field for WSU and both men’s and women’s cross country teams were selected as a USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Riley also helped guide post collegiate Joe Abbott to a 1:47.24 (800m) mark indoors this past winter. Joe later went on to run 1:45.04 in London this past summer under the direction of former WSU coach Pete Julian.
In Riley’s second season of guiding the WSU cross country teams, the youthful squads gained experience and maturity and closed the 2013 season with top finishes at their final two meets. The Cougar men’s team took sixth and the women’s team took 10th at the Pac-12 Championships. At the NCAA West Regional Championships, the men finished eighth and the women finished 14th. Senior Andrew Gonzales led the men’s squad with a 15th place conference finish and a 21st place regional finish. On the women’s side, senior Ruby Roberts placed 15th at both the Pac-12 and NCAA Regional meets.
Prior to WSU, Riley, a 32-year old native of Corvallis, Ore., was an assistant coach of track and field and cross country at the College of Idaho from 2004 to 2006. During the 2004 season, Riley coached the men's team to a 17th place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships. The Coyotes had three individual qualifiers for the 2005 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships and three individual qualifiers for the 2004 Cross Country National Championships during Riley's time there. Riley also coached one All-American at the 2005 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Riley was an outstanding cross country and track and field athlete at Eastern Oregon University where he earned All-America honors in 2004. He was a two-time NAIA indoor track and field national qualifier and a three-time NAIA outdoor track and field national qualifier, winning the 2004 10,000m national championship. While at Eastern Oregon, Riley also went to four NAIA cross country national championships and was a member of the first place NAIA cross country national championship academic team in 2001.
During his time competing at Eastern Oregon, Riley was a four-time cross country MVP and selected track and field MVP once. He holds the school record for indoor track and field 3,000m at EOU.
After coaching the Coyotes, Riley came to WSU in 2006 and was granted a research assistant position in the department of neuroscience. He served as a Graduate and Professional Students Association senator at WSU. In May 2012 he received his PhD in neuroscience from the department of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology (VCAPP).
Riley has been a United States of America Track and Field member from 2008 to present and has been a member of the Society of Neuroscience during that time period. He enjoys fly-fishing, golf, photography and backpacking.