Lincoln Riley is currently the head coach of the University of Oklahoma. He began coaching quite early and is currently one of the youngest coaches in the top division of college football and for him, that is a dream come true. Before his coaching career, he played at Texas Tech as a quarterback.
Riley was born in Lubbock, Texas on the 5th of September 1983. He attended Muleshoe High School, West Texas where he began his high school career as a defensive end and would later switch to quarterback during his junior and senior seasons. After high school, Lincoln Riley began his college career at Texas Tech University as a walk-on, playing the QB position behind future Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was a senior starter at the time and B. J. Symons who was the then back-up.
After his first year with the team, he became a student assistant to Mike Leach, who was the team’s head coach at the time, with time he was promoted to graduate assistant coach and then to receivers coach. After coach Leach was fired, Riley headed to East Carolina University where he served five seasons as an offensive coordinator under coach Ruffin McNeill.
During his tenure with the team, his players did very well. Receiver Justin Hardy broke Ryan Broyles’ record for most receptions in a career and finished his 4 years college career at East Carolina with a total of three hundred and eighty-seven (387) receptions against Broyles’ three hundred and forty-nine. Two years after this, Zay Jones, another receiver who was Riley recruit broke the record yet again with a total of three hundred and ninety-nine catches.
At the expiration of his five seasons at East Carolina, he was hired by Bob Stoop as Oklahoma Sooners’ new offensive coordinator. He began his career with the team on a very impressive note, leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. He strengthened the team’s offence side which was lagging the previous year, leading them to emerge 7th best offence in the country.
The team also came in at the 4th position in scoring and number seven in yards per game in 2015. He would later win the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach of the year.
In June 2017, coach Rob retired and Lincoln Riley was announced to replace him as the team’s new head coach and in that same year, Riley, together with Baker Mayfield, led the Sooners to the Big 12 conference championship, taking the No.2 position in the CFP rankings, and they made it to the semifinal games at the Rose Bowl. At the 2018 edition of the game, they made it to the finals but lost to Georgia in double overtime 54–48.
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In June 2018, Lincoln Riley signed a contract extension with the team that will keep him with the club until the end of 2023, the contract came with a $1.7 million raise which increased his annual salary to $4.8 million in its first year with a $100,000 increase every 12 months, thus, bringing his annual pay to an average of about $5 million per year.
Many, however, believe the extension and the whopping amount was the team’s way of keeping Riley longer at Oklahoma as Stoops’ successor, and that is really not far from the truth.
Lincoln Riley’s Family: Parents Wife, Children
Riley is the son of Mike and Marilyn Riley. His parents reside in Muleshoe where his father has run a cotton warehouse for many years. Riley is not the only child of his parents, he has a younger brother named Garret who is also in the football business.
Lincoln Riley has been married to Caitlin Riley since 2007. The couple has actually come a long way together, they started dating in 2002 during Lincoln’s first year at Texas Tech, Caitlin was a senior at Dimmit at the time. Caitlin graduated in 2006 and they tied the knot the following year.
The couple has two adorable daughters together; they welcomed their first daughter Sloane Riley in December 2012 and their second daughter Stella in 2016. Before they got married, Caitlin was a kindergarten teacher.
His Height And Other Facts
Details of his height and other body stats are not currently confirmed. Growing up, Lincoln, in addition to American football, played baseball, basketball and ran tracks.
He currently drives a red 2017 Toyota 4Runner; his first car was actually a truck – a 1999 Chevy pickup.
According to Caitlin, Lincoln’s favourite foods are fajitas and wings and any other thing cooked on a grill.
The Sooners coach is a music lover and doesn’t really have preferences, he listens to different genres.