Assistant Football Coach
Campus Phone: Ext. 5362
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5090
Office: Rankin Hall
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Spencer Riley is the Tusculum College football staff. Riley coaches the Tusculum offensive line, while also being in charge of the football program’s equipment procurement and upkeep.
In his first Tusculum campaign, he mentored All-American Hannibal Ruiz, who became the fourth Pioneer offensive lineman to earn All-America distinction.
Riley, a native of New Market, Tenn., possesses a wealth of collegiate experience, having coached and played at both the NCAA Division I and II levels. His college coaching experience includes the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the 2008 season and three years at the University of West Georgia. He has also coached at the prep level at Karns High School in Knoxville and Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Ga.
A four-year letterman at the University of Tennessee from 1996 to 1999, Riley has quickly built an impressive resume from the lessons he learned from his time with the Volunteers.
His coaching career began at Karns High School in 2001, where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three seasons (2001-03) before taking over as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2004. He also coordinated the special teams.
In 2005, Riley was hired to coach the offensive line at West Georgia, becoming only the fifth coach at that position in the program’s 47-year history. After two years in that role at the Gulf South Conference program, Riley was promoted to offensive coordinator while retaining his offensive line responsibilities at the Carrollton, Ga. school.
He installed the Spread offense for the Wolves in 2007 and was the run game coordinator in 2006. He also served as the team’s Pro Liaison.
While at Tennessee, Riley was a versatile member of the Volunteers’ offensive line and earned a spot on the 1996 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team. He lined up at guard in 1996 and 1997 before moving to center for his final two seasons. He played all four years for head coach Phillip Fulmer.
During his career, he started 44 consecutive games and helped lead Tennessee to the 1998 National Championship. He was a key lineman on the 1998 squad, which posted an undefeated 13-0 record, including a 23-16 win over Florida State University in the inaugural BCS National Championship game to claim the Vols’ first national title since 1967.
He was also an integral part of back-to-back Southeastern Conference titles, in 1997 and 1998, and played in four Bowl Games – the 1997 Citrus Bowl, the 1998 Orange Bowl and the 1998 and 1999 Fiesta Bowls. He was a team captain of the 1999 squad which went 9-3 and his teams forged a combined record of 43-7 during his collegiate playing career in Knoxville.
Following his senior year, he was selected to play in the 1999 Senior Bowl and signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He earned his degree from Tennessee in 2000 in Human Resource Development.
After a stellar high school career at Jefferson County High School, Riley was chosen as a Parade Magazine and Max Emfinger All-America. He was a member of the BlueChip Illustrated Dream Team, a Scholastic Coach All-America and was named Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year and an All-State selection.
Spencer and his wife Beth are the proud parents of one daughter, Catelyn (8).