Men's Volleyball
    J.J. Riley Named USC Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach
    J.J. Riley
    J.J. Riley

    June 1, 2010

    J.J. Riley, formerly an All-American at Pepperdine and then a Waves assistant coach, has been named an assistant coach with the USC men's volleyball team, Trojan head coach Bill Ferguson announced today (June 1).

    "I've known J.J. since he played for me in club volleyball and right away I spotted his potential to be an outstanding coach one day," said Ferguson. "He has a great volleyball mind and a phenomenal work ethic. He's `been there and done that' as both a player and a coach. He'll be an unbelievable resource for our players. He'll spend a lot of time with our setters and his experience coaching that position will be invaluable."

    Riley, 34, was an assistant with both the Pepperdine men's program in 2000 and again in 2010 and the Waves' women's team for 4 years (2000-03). In 2000, the Pepperdine men advanced to the NCAA Final Four. The 2010 Pepperdine men were third nationally in hitting percentage and assists, fifth in kill average and sixth in block average, while All-American first team setter Kasey Crider led the nation in assists. The 2002 Pepperdine women advanced to the NCAA regional final, a school best.

    Before returning to Pepperdine in 2010, Riley coached high school and club volleyball and also ran a personal training business (Central Oregon Plyometrics) in Bend (Ore.). He founded the Oregon Volleyball Academy, where he directed 16 teams and was head coach of the 18-1 team. He also served as the girls' varsity head coach at Summit High in Bend (Ore.) for 3 years, helping the team to its first-ever state tournament appearance and a sixth-place finish in 2006.

    He also was a coach with the Oregon Suns and Sports Shack club programs.

    He is an NESTA certified strength and conditioning coach and is SAQ certified.

    Riley was a setter at Pepperdine from 1995 to 1999, earning All-American second team honors in 1998 when the Waves won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and reached the NCAA championship match. He set a since-broken Pepperdine career record for assists (2,788).



    He earned his bachelor's degree in teaching/coaching with an emphasis in sports medicine from Pepperdine in 1999.

    He was an all-state player at Punahou High in Honolulu (Hi.), helping the team to a pair of state crowns. He also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Junior Olympics in club volleyball.

    He was born July 6, 1975. His wife, Emily, is a former Pepperdine volleyball player (her maiden name is Rothman).