Posted: 1:43 pm Thursday, December 5th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
As first reported by ESPN 106.3 in West Palm Beach, Corey Riley has resigned as St. Andrew’s head football coach.
Riley cited a “lack of resources” as the reason for his resignation, including a lack of experienced coaches and football knowledge within the school. He spent two seasons as the Scots’ head coach, finishing with a 5-15 record in that time. St. Andrew’s finished this past season with a 2-8 record.
“I just think the way we were training our kids was wrong,” Riley said. “Most of our kids train outside of our school without our coaches. If you’re a student-athlete at a school, you should be working with the coaches all year. It wasn’t the choice of the kids and it wasn’t the choice of the coaches. There was a lack of understanding football.”
But when Riley notified St. Andrew’s athletic director Craig Ashley of his possible resignation on Oct. 1, Ashley said a lack of resources did not come up during the discussion.
“He recently got married,” Ashley said of Riley. “With his new job and everything else going on, the primary reason he gave me was all of that. He had a lot going on in his life.”
Riley made it official when he announced his resignation in a team meeting in late October.
Now, Ashley is conducting a “national search” in hopes of filling the opening by the end of January. He already has received about 70 resumes and he is considering applicants from inside and outside of the program.
“We’re in the process of reviewing all of these resumes,” Ashley said. “Within the next couple of weeks, we’ll try to narrow it down and potentially call in individuals for interviews.”
As for Riley, he’s still interested in coaching. He said he has already spoken to some schools and he hopes to coach again next season.
“I’m leaving the door open,” Riley said. “I would love to coach. I’m hoping over the next month or so, I’ll see what will be a great fit for me even if it’s not a head coaching job.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.