Matt Riley is an assistant athletic director who oversees the strength and conditioning program for more than 300 student-athletes at Middle Tennessee. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the women's basketball team the past five years. Riley, in his 19th year at Middle Tennessee, was also instrumental in the design of the current weight room located adjacent to the football stadium.
A former offensive lineman under former athletics director and football coach Boots Donnelly, Riley returned to his alma mater to head up the weight and conditioning program and serve as strength coach in 1993 after heading two other programs following his graduation from Middle Tennessee.
Riley, a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MACC), is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) and the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). He is a member of each association as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a player at Middle Tennessee in the mid-1980s, Riley started on the offensive line on two of the most successful teams in program history. The Blue Raiders advanced into the Division I-AA national semifinals in 1984 and were undefeated and the No. 1-ranked team nationally in 1985.
Riley was an assistant to strength coach Doc Kreis at Middle Tennessee in 1988 before being hired as the head strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee Tech in 1989. He served in that capacity for two years before being named the strength and conditioning coach at Southern Miss in 1991, where he worked for two years before returning to his alma mater.
Riley and his wife, Rajayna, have two children: daughter, Madison Cate, and son, Jackson Rhoad.