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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 is in his fourth year 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 and No. 3 on ECU's single-season passing list. In addition, two of his three squads are listed first and second on the school's yearly total offense ledgers.
Riley's first fall in Greenville installing and directing a new high-scoring spread offensive scheme was a record-breaker as the Pirates shattered or matched 29 team or individual school standards. His unit also rated among the nation's Top 10 - standing fifth in redzone efficiency, sixth in fourth-down conversion percentage and eighth in passing offense.
ECU's offense remained one of country's best statistically the following two years, finishing fifth in fourth-down percentage and 20th in passing offense during the 2011 campaign before standing third and fourth in redzone efficiency and fourth down percentage, respectively, in 2012.
Riley's tutelage of first-year starting quarterbacks Dominique Davis (2010) and Shane Carden (2012), resulted in plenty of school single-game, season and career records. Davis, selected as C-USA's Newcomer-of-the-Year, left ECU with 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 last fall and set single-game standards for passing yards and aerial scores.
Riley's spread alignment also presented former receivers Dwayne Harris and Lance Lewis, along with current pass catcher Justin Hardy, with plenty of All-Conference USA hardware and ownership of various program reception records.
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 vaunted 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 most in the program's deep bowl history since 1995.
After working exclusively with 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 wide receiver coach, he was in charge of the development of Michael Crabtree during his record-breaking campaign in 2007. Under Riley's watch, the freshman became the first underclassman to win the prestigious Biletnikoff Award.
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, 29, 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 - born last December.