Lincoln Riley

Lincoln Michael Riley (born September 5, 1983) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Lincoln Riley
Riley at 2018 Big 12 Media Days
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig 12
Annual salary$11 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1983-09-05) September 5, 1983 (age 37)[2]
Lubbock, Texas
Playing career
2002Texas Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003–2005Texas Tech (SA)
2006Texas Tech (GA)
2007Texas Tech (WR)
2008–2009Texas Tech (IWR)
2010–2013East Carolina (OC/QB)
2014East Carolina (AHC/OC/QB)
2015–2016Oklahoma (OC/QB)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–3 (CFP)
Accomplishments and honors
4 Big 12 (2017–2020)
Broyles Award (2015)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2018)
AP Big 12 Coach of the Year (2018)

Early careerEdit

Riley ran track at Muleshoe High School in Muleshoe, a town in West Texas. He began his high school career at defensive end and made the move to quarterback for his junior and senior seasons.[3] Riley played quarterback at Texas Tech University as a walk-on in 2002,[4] behind senior starter and future Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and back-up B. J. Symons. After a year, he became a student assistant to Mike Leach,[4] gradually progressing to graduate assistant and then to receivers coach. Following his departure from Texas Tech after the firing of Leach, Lincoln went on to serve five seasons as offensive coordinator at East Carolina University[5] under Ruffin McNeill.


Riley was hired by Bob Stoops to be the offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma Sooners on January 12, 2015.[6][7] In his first season at Oklahoma, Riley led the Sooners to the 7th ranked offense in the country and to the College Football Playoff. He also won the Broyles Award, awarded the nation's top assistant coach. On June 7, 2017, Bob Stoops retired as head coach and Riley was named his successor.[8] In the 2017 season, Riley, anchored by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, led his team to the Big 12 conference championship, #2 in the CFP rankings, and a berth in one of the CFP semifinal games at the Rose Bowl. Oklahoma went on to lose the 2018 Rose Bowl to Georgia in double overtime 54–48.[9]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12 Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Oklahoma 12–2 8–1 1st L Rose 3 3
2018 Oklahoma 12–2 8–1 1st L Orange 4 4
2019 Oklahoma 12–2 8–1 1st L Peach 6 7
2020 Oklahoma 9–2 6–2 1st W Cotton 6 6
2021 Oklahoma 0-0 0-0
Oklahoma: 45–8 30–5
Total: 45–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Personal lifeEdit

Riley graduated from Texas Tech in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science. He and his wife Caitlin have two daughters, named Sloan and Stella, and two pets Sooner and Boomer.[10]

His younger brother, Garrett, currently serves as the offensive coordinator at Southern Methodist University.[11]


  1. ^ "OU Regents approve 5-year, $32.5 million contract for Lincoln Riley". Tulsa World. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday, Lincoln Riley: A look at the OU Football Coach's Career". Tulsa World. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Bailey, Eric (January 16, 2015). "Lincoln Riley: From Muleshoe, Texas, to Oklahoma's new offensive coordinator". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Lincoln Riley takes over playcalling for Texas Tech offense: 'We've got a great plan'". 2010-01-02.
  5. ^ "Morris: Lincoln Riley makes ECU's offense go". Archived from the original on 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  6. ^ "ECU's Riley becomes Sooners' O-coordinator". 2015-01-12.
  7. ^ Writer, ERIC BAILEY World Sports. "Lincoln Riley officially named Oklahoma's offensive coordinator".
  8. ^ Silverstein, Adam; Kercheval, Ben (June 7, 2017). "Bob Stoops retires after 18 seasons with Oklahoma, Lincoln Riley to take over". Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Rose Bowl score:Georgia Completes comeback over Oklahoma in 2OT Thriller". January 2, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Head Coach Lincoln Riley". OU Athletics. Archived from the original on 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  11. ^ "SMU names Garrett Riley, brother of Lincoln, as co-offensive coordinator". ESPN. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

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