Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spencer Riley named to Tusculum Football coaching staff

Spencer Riley has been named to the football coaching staff at Tusculum College announced Pioneer head coach and athletic director Frankie DeBusk.

Riley will coach the Tusculum offensive line, while also being in charge of the football program’s equipment procurement and upkeep. Riley will assume his duties officially on July 1.

Riley, a native of New Market, Tenn., brings a wealth of collegiate experience with him, having coached and played at both the NCAA Division I and II levels. His college coaching experience includes the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the 2008 season and three years at the University of West Georgia. He has also coached at the prep level at Karns High School in Knoxville and Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Ga.

A four-year letterman at the University of Tennessee from 1996 to 1999, Riley has quickly built an impressive resume from the lessons he learned from his time with the Volunteers.

“I’m thrilled to have Coach Riley join the Pioneer family,” said DeBusk. “Our program is going to benefit from Spencer’s vast amount offensive line experience, both as a coach at Chattanooga and West Georgia, and as a player at Tennessee. Not only is he a fine coach, but he is also an outstanding person and we look forward to having him with us.”

His coaching career began at Karns High School in 2001, where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three seasons (2001-03) before taking over as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2004. He also coordinated the special teams.

In 2005, Riley was hired to coach the offensive line at West Georgia, becoming only the fifth coach at that position in the program’s 47-year history. After two years in that role at the Gulf South Conference program, Riley was promoted to offensive coordinator while retaining his offensive line responsibilities at the Carrollton, Ga. school.

He installed the Spread offense for the Wolves in 2007 and was the run game coordinator in 2006. He also served as the team’s Pro Liaison.

“I look forward to getting down to work this summer and learning the offense,” said Riley. “I am also looking forward to the opportunity of getting to work with such a great staff. My family and I are excited to become part of the Tusculum family. We are eager to get moved and settled in Greeneville this summer.”

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