MCC Selects Riley for Athletic Director

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 16, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) has named Mike Riley, an experienced college athletic director and coach, to head MCC's athletic department.

Riley, 55, will start his new position in September after wrapping up duties at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC), Oglesby, IL.

As MCC athletic director, Riley will administer MCC's intercollegiate athletics programs, which include women's softball and volleyball and men's baseball and basketball. The college participates in the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).            

At IVCC where he has been since 1998, Riley is athletic director of eight programs and head coach of the men's basketball and golf teams. He has 31 years experience at five Illinois colleges where he has held positions including head coach, athletic director, admissions director and academic advisor. Prior to his career in higher education, Riley was athletic director for a middle school and worked in sales for an athletic advertising services firm and radio and television station.

"As a sitting athletic director with previous positions in other areas of community colleges, Mike brings a depth and breadth of administrative experience to the Lancers program," said Dr. Donald R. Bowman, vice president of student development and enrollment services. 

Bowman added, "As a bonus, with his years of head coaching experience, Mike knows first hand the needs of our student-athletes and coaches. He will be an outstanding mentor to our new coaches who recently have come on board."

Riley is excited about moving to MCC, where the enrollment of 9,000-plus students is more than double IVCC's 4,200 student population, and be able to focus on athletic department administration, coaching staff support and student-athlete development.

"I plan to get in the middle and find out what the needs are," Riley said.

As an officer in the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association, Riley is credited by NJCAA Executive Director Wayne Baker with helping to move the organization from focusing solely on the sport of basketball to a greater emphasis on image, sportsmanship and academics.

"The overall reputation of MCC's program, particularly the success of MCC's students on the field and in academics, was what appealed most to me about this opportunity," Riley said.

Riley added, "Lancer baseball and softball have been knocking on the door of national titles for some time now, and based on the new recruits and coaches, basketball and volleyball will be making some noise of their own. I want to continue what's already working and bring some fresh ideas of my own."

In his tenure at IVCC, Riley moved his school from a Division 3 program with no tuition waivers for student-athletes to Division 2 with scholarships. A highlight was when his athletic department won the Arrowhead Conference "All Sports Award" four years in a row.

Riley has a master's degree in physical education and health administration from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Christine, have an adult son and daughter and two grandchildren.

Riley succeeds Peter Boucher, who resigned from MCC to return to his home in Massachusetts.

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