Riley Joins NCAA Hockey Committee

Courtesy of Army Athletic Communications

Army hockey head coach Brian Riley has joined the influential NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee.

Riley, who is now in his ninth season at West Point, participated in his first in-person meeting at the NCAA Offices in Indianapolis early in June.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee is responsible for the management of the NCAA Championship, including team selection and operations as well as future site selections for NCAA regionals and the Frozen Four.

Riley’s term on the committee will expire in 2014, though he is eligible to be re-appointed.

“It is quite an honor to serve on this committee,” said Riley. “The NCAA is doing some great things and I am excited to play a small part in that. We have a great committee with some talented folks. This is a great opportunity and I am humbled to represent Army and the Atlantic Hockey Association.”

Riley is joined on the committee by fellow head coaches Kevin Sneddon of Vermont and Mel Pearson from Michigan Technological University and administrators Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic, Brian Faison, Athletics Director at the University of North Dakota and Tom McGinnis, Associate Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota.

“College hockey improves each and every season and our task is to ensure the championships run smoothly and the game continues to grow. As the last few years have shown, the competition in our sport is incredible and teams must be ready to play each and every night to be successful,” said Riley.

In addition to his role with the NCAA, Riley is also active with the Atlantic Hockey Association where he serves as chairman of the Head Coaches Committee. He is also the Vice President of the American Hockey Coaches Association.

“Hockey has been good to me and my family,” said Riley. “If I can do a small part to give back to the game, I am more than happy to do so. The AHA continues to get better and better under the leadership of Commissioner Bob DeGregorio and the Executive Committee and it’s great to be an asset to the growth and success.”

Army will open the 2013-14 hockey season on Friday, Oct. 11 at Penn State.