Head coach: 1987-90
Annis Stukus Trophy (CFL Coach of the Year): 1988, 1990
One of the most-popular and successful coaches in Bombers history, Riley first joined the club as the team’s secondary coach in 1983, before becoming the head coach in 1987.
The son of another former Bombers head coach – Bud Riley — Mike played his college ball at Alabama under the legendary Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, but brought his own style to the coaching ranks. He could bring his foot down when discipline was required, but won over his players with a personable approach that had many willing to go through a wall for him.
The Bombers won two championships under Riley – in 1988 and 1990 – before he left for the World League of American Football, the NCAA, the San Diego Chargers of the NFL and then back to the college ranks. In December of 2017 and after three years at Nebraska, Riley returned to Oregon State as assistant head coach.