Daric Riley joins ECU football staff as safeties coach

ECU head football coach Scottie Montgomery continued a busy off-season in reshaping his staff with the addition of Daric Riley as safeties coach, according to an announcement Friday.

Riley, who spent the last three seasons at SMU as a quality control assistant and special teams analyst, joins new defensive coordinator David Blackwell and new special teams coordinator Kirk Doll as staff changes since the end of a second straight 3-9 season. Riley has 19 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the Division I level and 11 working directly with the secondary.

“We’re excited about having an individual with Daric’s credentials and wide range of experience on our staff,” Montgomery said. “He is a perfect fit with a significant change in our defensive philosophy and point of attack, plus his familiarity with our conference and this particular region of the country will only enhance our recruiting efforts.”

While at SMU, Riley helped a unit that rated among the nation’s best in blocked kicks with statistical ranks of seventh, 23rd and 11th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. He also was part of an SMU program that made a DXL Frisco Bowl appearance in 2017 before finishing with a 7-6 record.

Riley was special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach under Bill Clark at UAB in 2014, a season in which the Blazers reached bowl eligible status for the first time in 10 years. He served in a similar role for Clark at Jacksonville (Ala.) State in 2013 after spending the two previous years as secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Newberry (S.C.) College.

From 2007 to 2010, Riley worked as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Clemson under head coaches Tommy Bowden and Dabo Swinney and experienced postseason appearances in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl as well as the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.

Prior to assisting with the secondary and outside linebackers at Clemson, he was Truman (Mo.) State’s defensive backs coach and had oversight of special teams from 2004-06 after holding the same position during an earlier stint at Newberry in 2003.

During a two-and-a-half year stay at Pikeville (Ky.), Riley served as the Bears’ secondary coach, special teams coordinator, strength coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001 to 2003. Additionally, he spent time on the offensive side of the ball as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

He guided the Fairfield (Conn.) secondary a season earlier and played a key role in the Staggs’ nation-leading 30 interceptions and the development of free safety Steve Dogmantis, the Metro Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year selection.

Riley began his coaching career in 1999 at his alma mater, Charleston Southern, as a defensive graduate assistant and also coached outside linebackers in 2000. As a player with the Buccaneers, he was a three-year letterman.

A native of Beaufort, S.C., Riley earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and physical education in 1999 before adding a master’s degree in youth development leadership from Clemson in 2009.

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