July 25, 2013

Beth Riley Named Head Field Hockey Coach

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Bryn Mawr College Director of Athletics Kathleen Tierney introduced Beth Riley as the Owls' new head field hockey coach Thursday afternoon.  Riley, a Palmyra native, comes to the Main Line after serving as the assistant coach at Indiana University for the last two years.

"We are excited to welcome Beth to the Bryn Mawr Athletics Department as our new head field hockey coach," exclaimed Tierney. "She will be a great leader and mentor to our student athletes and appreciates the role athletics plays in a liberal arts setting. Her experience as an outstanding student-athlete and successful coach makes her a perfect match to lead our field hockey program. "

"I'm extremely excited to join the Bryn Mawr family, as I felt very welcomed by the athletic department and college staff members during the interview process," quoted Riley. "This is an incredible opportunity to coach at an institution that combines strong academics with a rich culture of athletics and physical education. I'd like to thank Kathy Tierney and the rest of the athletic staff for entrusting me as the leader of the field hockey program." 

While at Indiana, Riley was the goalkeeper coach as well as organizing practices and team travel, serving as the liaison for academic, alumni and athletic training. Before heading to the Hoosier state, Riley spent four seasons at Temple University where she was an assistant coach for the Owls. During her time in Philadelphia, Riley helped lead the Owls to 41 wins, including a 15-6 mark in 2007, and an 18-9 overall record in Atlantic-10 play.

A member of the Palmyra High School Sports Hall of Fame (2011), Riley is currently the goalkeeper coach for the Senior Women's National Indoor Team. Having served in multiple facets of USA Field Hockey, Riley currently serves as an assistant coach in the Futures Program since 2005 and High Performance (2013-present). She has also been a coach at numerous Division I/II camps and clinics and currently coaches the Spirit of USA Field Hockey Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Riley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan. While with the Wolverines, she was named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2006 and a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Second Team All-Region selection in 2003 and 2006. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Riley was also a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and a four-time University of Michigan Scholar-Athlete.

Riley ended by noting "I am committed to developing student-athletes into leaders, carrying on the traditions of Bryn Mawr and writing the next chapter of the field hockey program."

Riley becomes the sixth field hockey coach at Bryn Mawr since the Owls' joined of the Centennial Conference in 1993 and replaces Marci Scheuing, who became the head coach at NCAA D-II Kutztown University in June.