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Saturday Marks First Road Test For Football
Watch interviews with Lincoln Riley and Brian Mitchell following Friday morning's practice.
Lincoln Riley recently completed his fifth season on the Pirate staff after accepting the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina on January 22, 2010 - a day after the hiring of head coach Ruffin McNeill.
Riley's impact can simply be seen by looking at the Pirate record books as his units rank No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 on ECU's single-season passing list. In addition, four of his five squads are listed first, second, third and fourth on the school's yearly total offense ledgers, including recent back-to-back record-breaking 6,086 and 6,929-yard compilations in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Riley's first fall in Greenville installing and directing a new up-tempo spread offensive scheme resulted in 29 team or individual school offensive standards and he followed that up with 38 more four years later to help ECU to its fourth bowl appearance in a five-year span. His units have also earned national Top 10 rankings in major statistical categories such as total offense (5th/2014), passing offense (3rd/2014, 8th/2010), scoring offense (8th/2013), first down offense (4th/2014), third-down conversion percentage (7th/2013) and redzone efficiency (3rd/2012, 5th/2010).
His tutelage of first-year starting quarterbacks Dominique Davis (2010) and Shane Carden (2012), resulted in plenty of additional school single-game, season and career records. Davis, selected as Conference USA's Newcomer-of-the-Year, briefly held ECU career marks for completions and touchdown passes despite playing only two seasons. Carden passed for 3,116 yards and accounted for 31 TDs during his initial year behind center in 2012 before earning C-USA MVP and American Athletic Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors in 2013 and 2014 after becoming the first Pirate passer to eclipse the 4,000-yard plateau in consecutive campaigns. Carden, who wrapped up his career with an ECU-record 12,244 total yards after accounting for 413 vs. Florida in the Birmingham Bowl, also owns school single-game, season and career standards for every passing category, including attempts, completions, yardage and touchdown passes.
Riley's scheme also presented former receivers Dwayne Harris, Lance Lewis, Cam Worthy and Justin Hardy with plenty of all-conference hardware, ownership of one national reception record and numerous program standards. Hardy, who Riley invited to campus as a walk-on in 2010, finished his career as the NCAA's (FBS) all-time leading pass catcher with 387 receptions. Although arguably overshadowed by the impressive air numbers, his alignment also featured back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons by all-league performer Vintavious Cooper in 2012 and 2013
Before his arrival at East Carolina, Riley spent seven total seasons on the Texas Tech staff. Included in his three full-time years of service to the Red Raider offensive unit was a one-game role as interim coordinator that helped produce a 41-31 victory over Michigan State in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.
As Texas Tech's play-caller against the Spartans, the Red Raiders racked up 579 yards during its victory in San Antonio - the second-highest output of the season and, at the time, the most in the program's deep bowl history since 1995.
After exclusively coaching the Red Raider wide receivers in 2007, Riley spent the last two seasons in Lubbock tutoring the inside receivers and serving as head coach Mike Leach's top "eye in the sky" on game day.
As the program's receivers coach, he worked with Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabtree during his record-breaking campaign in 2007.
Riley was a part of seven bowl game appearances and five bowl victories during his time at Texas Tech. Additionally, the offense was very productive during his years assisting the explosive system as Red Raider quarterbacks won NCAA passing titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Riley, 31, earned a degree in exercise and sport sciences from Texas Tech in May 2006.
Riley is married to the former Caitlin Buckley and they are the parents of a daughter, Sloan (2).