WSU hired Tim Riley on Tuesday to coach the men's and women’s cross-country teams after the abrupt resignation of former head coach, Pete Julian.
The track and field head coach, Rick Sloan, said Riley brings plenty of experience and knowledge to the team after serving as Julian’s assistant the last three seasons.
“We are v Courtesy Athletic Communications ery excited with the addition of Riley as our distance/cross-country coach,” Sloan said in a press conference. “We look forward to a seamless transition with our philosophy and training methods that took us to the 21st place finish at the NCAA last year and moving forward in the future.”
Riley, 31, previously worked at the College of Idaho from 2004 to 2006, where he coached the men’s cross-country team to a 17th place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships. Riley came to WSU in 2006 to earn a graduate degree in neuroscience and later began volunteering with the cross-country team in 2008.
Riley also ran cross-country and track and field at Eastern Oregon University, where he earned All-American honors in 2004.
Julian, the former coach, resigned from the cross-country coaching staff Monday to take a position with the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, Ore.