Mark Riley (Australian rules coach)

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Mark Riley
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Personal information
Full name Mark Riley
Date of birth (1963-10-10) 10 October 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2007 Melbourne 9 (3–6–0)
Career highlights

Coached 9 games AFL and 400+games as an AFL assistant coach. 2001 JJ Leonard Trophy for WAFL coach of the year. 2009 AFLCA Assistant coach of the year.

Mark Riley (born 10 October 1963) is an Australian rules football coach, who is currently serving as a coach of St Bernard's OBFC in the VAFA and also for East Sandringham Rovers Gold in the South Metro Junior Football League . He acted briefly as the caretaker coach of the Melbourne Football Club in 2007[1] and was formerly an assistant coach with the Fremantle and Carlton Football Clubs.

As a player Riley played for Claremont in the WAFL. He then played Sunday league football as well as cricket, including being selected for a state squad. As a teacher, he then moved to small rural towns including Hyden, Narrogin and Kellerberrin. At Kellerberrin he coached Gerard Neesham and built up a friendship that would later see Riley take over from Neesham as coach of Claremont when Neesham was appointed coach of the newly formed Fremantle Football Club in mid-1994. Riley would lead Claremont to the 1994 WAFL Grand Final, but they lost to East Fremantle.[2]

He then joined Fremantle on its entry into the AFL in 1995 and was the club's development coach from 1995–97 and assistant coach from 1998-2000. 2001 and 2002 saw him return to Claremont as senior coach where he was awarded the JJ Leonard Western Australian Football Coach of the Year award in 2002 before he joined Neale Daniher, who was also an assistant coach at Fremantle under Neesham, at Melbourne in 2003 as an assistant coach. When Daniher resigned in the middle of the 2007 season, Riley was appointed the caretaker coach of Melbourne for the remainder of the 2007 season from Round 14 onwards. Melbourne won three of the nine games he coached to finish 14th, but Riley was not retained for the 2008 season, being replaced by Dean Bailey. He joined the Carlton Football Club in 2008 as an assistant coach, mainly focusing on the Blues' midfield. At the end of 2009, RIley was presented with the AFL Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year after doing a fine job with the Carlton midfielders.

In 2012, Riley's position as assistant coach of Carlton was made redundant.[3] Shortly after leaving the Blues, he joined Gold Coast as an assistant coach.

In October 2015 it was announced that Riley would be coaching the St Bernard's for the 2016 season in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA)

In April 2017 Riley was appointed the head coach of the East Sandringham Rovers Gold u/15s.

Riley now works with the very successful Clontarf Foundation, which works with indigenous boys in attracting and keeping them at School and then transitioning the boys to employment or university. Clontarf has grown from 1 academy with 25 boys to now operate on a national level with over 6000 indigenous boys in full-time education programs.


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