Skyhawk Football | Bernard Riley - Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach
Bernard Riley, a former Southern Cal defensive lineman, joined the Skyhawk football program in 2011 as the defensive line coach. He earned a new title in Feb. of 2013. He will now serve as assistant head coach in addition to coaching the defensive line.
He spent the past five years at Lakewood High School in Long Beach, Calif., where he coached the defensive line. He coached 10 players who went on to play Division I football. Lakewood High School compiled a 40-15 record while he was an assistant.
Before joining Lakewood High School as an assistant coach, Riley played professionally in the NFL and Arena League. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL and the Los Angeles Avengers and Columbus Destroyers in the Arena League.
In 2007 Riley was the starting nose tackle and tight end for the Columbus Destroyers who advanced to Arena Bowl XXI.
Before playing professional football Riley played for the University of Southern California Trojans from 1999-2003. He was a teammate of former UT Martin defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen at USC. He signed with the Trojans after being selected as a USA Today, Parade, and Super Prep All-American. Nielsen coached at UT Martin this past season and accepted a similar coaching position at the University of Northern Illinois.
Riley was one of four USC Trojan football players who received national attention for going to the aid of a USC student who fell out of her apartment on Sept 1, 2000 and became impaled on the spikes of a security fence.
Riley, a native of Los Alamitos, Calif., and his wife Jennifer have three sons, Skyler, Canon and Maddux.