Daric Riley Bio

I'm Daric Riley,

Special Teams Analyst for the Mustangs. This is My Story.


Daric Riley arrived on the Hilltop in 2015 with 16 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level and now serves as Quality Control Assistant/Special Teams Analyst.

Riley came to SMU after one season at UAB, where, as Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Coach, he helped the Blazers to bowl eligibility.

Prior to his time at UAB, Riley served as Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Coach at Jacksonville State. Under his guidance, JSU place kicker Griffin Thomas earned Phil Steele All-America honors and was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference. Thomas was one of the top kickers in the nation after setting numerous OVC and school records, including made field goals (23), field goal attempts (30) and points scored by kicking (128).

Riley went to Jacksonville State after serving as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons at Newberry College.

From 2007-10, Riley served as a defensive graduate assistant at Clemson University. While with the Tigers, Riley worked primarily with the defense, while also working extensively with the Tigers' special teams unit.

Prior to coaching at Clemson, Riley was the defensive secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., from 2004-06, and held the same positions at Newberry College from 2003-04.

While at Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., Riley served as the defensive secondary coach, special teams coordinator, strength coach and the schools' recruiting coordinator from 2001-03. He also spent time on the offensive side of the ball as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in 2001.

Riley also served as the defensive secondary coach from 2000-01 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. While at Fairfield, Riley was a part of a defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in the nation with 30 interceptions. Riley also coached AP All-American and Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year Steve Dogmantis.

Riley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Charleston Southern University, where he was also a three-year letterman. He served as outside linebackers coach under head coach David Dowd.

Riley is a native of Beaufort, S.C. He finished with a BS in psychology and physical education at Charleston Southern in 1999. In 2009, he graduated with a master's degree in youth development leadership from Clemson.