On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Bobcat Athletic Director Peter Fields announced a new era of Bobcat Volleyball with the the hiring of a new head coach. JJ Riley was named the tenth head coach in MSU history. Riley has been an assistant coach at the University of Utah the past three seasons and helped lead them to back-to-back 20 win seasons. He also previously held coaching positions for the men’s volleyball team at the University of Southern California (USC), and both men’s and women’s teams at Pepperdine University.
In his time at USC and Pepperdine, Riley helped guide seven teams to top-eight national finishes, coached in two NCAA Final Fours (most recently in 2011), mentored two first team All-American setters, and in his own playing career, led his team to the NCAA National Championship match as an All-American setter for Pepperdine.
As a player at Pepperdine, he was a setter from 1995 to 1999 and was named a Second-Team All-American in 1998 as the team won the conference and reached the NCAA Championship. He ended his career as Pepperdine’s all-time assist leader with 3,788 and currently stands fourth in the school’s record book.
A press conference to introduce Riley will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.