Bud Riley


Bud Riley

Edward “Bud” Riley (Born 1925) is a former football coach with the Idaho Vandals, Oregon State Beavers, and in the Canadian Football League. He is the father of current Oregon State University and former Winnipeg Blue Bombers and San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley.

Riley played Halfback at the University of Idaho from 1948-1950 under College Football Hall of Famer Dixie Howell. He also played Outfield for the Vandals baseball team.

Riley began his coaching career at Wallace High School in Wallace, Idaho as an assistant in 1950 before being named the head coach of baseball, football and basketball between 1955 and 1959. He left Wallace where he coached football at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho. In 1962 he was hired to assist Dee Andros at the University of Idaho and in 1965 when Andros signed on at Oregon State, he took Riley with him where Riley was the Beavers defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 1965-1972.

In 1973, he moved to the CFL to serve as defensive co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was promoted to head coach in 1974 when head coach Jim Spavital left to coach the Chicago Fire of the World Football League. The Bombers didn't make it out of the first round in Riley's three postseason appearances, resulting in him being let go after the 1977 CFL season. His next coaching job was as an assistant coach with the Toronto Argonauts. He replaced the fired Leo Cahill as head coach with seven games remaining, finishing with a 1-6 record.

He returned to Oregon State in 1979 as an assistant. In 1982 he was hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to replace the departing Frank Kush as head coach. He lasted only halfway into his second season before being replaced by director of player personnel Al Bruno.

He moved to the front office in 1985, serving as the Calgary Stampeders player personnel director for three seasons.

He was inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.


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