Michael Riley wraps up his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with Wake Forest. During the 2011 season, Riley helped sophomore distance runner Nicole Irving claim All-ACC and All-Region cross country honorrs, while also helping lead the men's cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the ACC Cross Country Championship.
During his first season in 2010, he worked primarily with the cross country program and the middle distance runners on the track. Riley was a member of the track and cross country teams at Wake Forest from 1994-1998.
Prior to Wake Forest, Riley spent the previous five seasons as the head track & field and cross country coach at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, N.C. During that period, East Forsyth athletes won ten individual state championships in track & field and cross country, and finished among the top three in the state on 14 other occasions.
During the 2007-2008 season, Riley guided East Forsyth to its first Track and Field State Championship. While at East Forsyth, Riley had an individual athlete qualify to compete in the World Youth Championships. The athlete went on to become the first American male to qualify for the World Youth 800 meter Finals.
Riley is married to former Wake Forest track athlete Summer (Shaw) Riley, and they have four children: Connor, Hannah, Andrew and Rachel. He graduated from Wake Forest in 1998 with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and also received his M.Ed. from Wake Forest in 2000.