|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
University of the District of Columbia Interim President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr. and Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas, announced June 11th, 2013 that Michael Riley was hired to lead the University of the District of Columbia Men's Basketball program.
"Mike Riley is an outstanding choice to lead our Men's Basketball program," said Patricia Thomas. "He has exceptional credentials and experience as a coach and administrator. Most importantly, though, he is a person of extremely high character and values. He is a tremendous leader of men. I have no doubt that he will take the University of the District of Columbia Men's Basketball program to new heights, and our student-athletes will benefit tremendously on the court, in the classroom, and in life by having him at the helm."
Riley has a distinguished coaching resume which includes more than 20 years as an assistant coach at Georgetown University. He was also an assistant coach on the 1988 Olympic basketball team that earned the bronze medal. Riley came to the University of the District of Columbia in 2009 and has served as the Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations during that time.
"I am ecstatic to be able to take over as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach at the University of the District of Columbia," said Riley. "The Firebirds have a long and rich tradition. As the University continues to move in a positive direction, I look forward to leading this program as one piece of the successful future of the University. We will recruit young men that will work hard and intelligently in the classroom and on the basketball court. We will be positive citizens on campus and in the community. We will represent the Firebird family well in all that we do. It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the Men's Basketball Coach at the University of the District of Columbia."
Riley is a Washington, DC native, having graduated from Cardozo High School, where he was a standout guard on the men's basketball team. Riley earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors while at Cardozo and was also selected Most Valuable Player during his senior year. Riley was inducted into the Cardozo High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
After attending Cardozo High School, Riley served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Holland stationed in the Mediterranean.
Riley went on to graduate from Georgetown University with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology. While at Georgetown, Riley was a member of the Hoyas Men's Basketball Team where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Riley went on to serve as an assistant basketball coach at Georgetown University from 1983 to 2004. While at Georgetown, Riley coached the Hoyas to six Big East Conference Championships, four Big East Tournament Championships, two Final Fours, and the 1984 National Championship. He also served as the academic coordinator during his tenure at Georgetown.
In addition to his accomplishments at Cardozo and Georgetown, Riley also served as Athletic Director at St. Augustine Catholic School. From 1980 to 1982, he was an Assistant Headmaster, Economics teacher, and junior varsity basketball coach at Gonzaga College High School.
|Year:||Iona College, 1982|
The University of the District of Columbia Director of Athletics Patricia A. Thomas announced the appointment of Anthony J. Iati as assistant coach of the UDC men's basketball team in September, 2009.
Iati has been instrumental in helping head coach Jeff Ruland turn the program as the staff enters its fourth year at UDC, and its second as a member of the East Coast Conference. After struggling to just one win in 2009-10, the Firebirds went 11-15 and beat the eventual East Region Champions, Bloomfield College in 2010-11. The 2011-2012 season saw the Firebirds go 22-6 overall and earn their first NCAA tournament appearance in 25 years.
Iati served as Volunteer Director of Basketball Operations at Iona College for Ruland’s staff for several years, including the 2005-06 team that went 23–8, won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Iati also served as the Assistant Basketball Coach at Iona College under Pat Kennedy during the 1982-84 seasons and complied a 43–17 record and one NCAA appearance.
Iati also coached the Riverside Church Hawks, currently known as the Metro Hawks, one of the premier AAU program in New York City, which turned out over 35 NBA players and hundreds of Division-1 players.
During his playing career, he was recruited by Jim Valvano at Iona College and played with Jeff Ruland. Iona had a team record of 91-34 in four years with 2 NCAA (1981 Sweet Sixteen) and 1 NIT appearance. He was a two-year starter, four-year letterman, captain of the team(1982), and graduated as the school's all-time assist leader. He also went on to earn his MBA in 1985.
Iati played basketball at York Catholic High School, in York, PA and took the team to its first Pennsylvania State Championship in 1978 with a 32–2 record. He was named an AP and UPI First Team Pennsylvania All-State Selection in 1978.
|College:||University of Maryland, 2002|
University of the District of Columbia Director of Athletics Patricia A. Thomas announced the appointment of former University of Maryland standout Terrell M. Stokes as assistant coach of the UDC men's basketball team in September, 2009.
Upon Stokes' hiring, head coach Jeff Ruland said, "I am very fortunate to have Coach Stokes on my staff. He was highly-recommended, and I've known him for several years. He is doing a terrific job of assisting me in re-building this program. He has been a God send."
Stokes was instrumental in bringing Division I transfer Brandon Herbert from Binghamton University to UDC. Herbert, along with Virginia Tech transfer Nigel Munson, helps to form one of the most prolific scoring backcourts in the nation. Herbert (19.8 ppg) is the 9th leading returning scorer in the country, and Munson (18.4 ppg) is the 22nd leading returning scorer in the country, giving the Firebirds two of the top-25 returning scorers in the nation. Herbert was the leading scorer for UDC in the 2010-2011 season, and is an exceptional shooter and scorer. A local Washington, DC product out of Dematha HS, Munson is widely considered the top point guard in the country, and his leadership and ability to distribute the ball (6.7 apg) will be paramount for the Firebirds success.
Stokes helped the team add five new additions to the team, including three Division I transfers, one Division II transfer, and one Junior College All-American. Austin Cooley (Niagara University), Ralph Watts (U Albany), Michael Terry (Boston University), D'Angelo Johnson (Virginia State), and Quasim Jones (Johnson County Community College) have the Firebirds poised to make another run at the school's second NCAA Division II National Championship.
Before coming to UDC, Stokes served four years as assistant men's basketball coach at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland where he helped the team to its first consecutive winning seasons in school history. Prior to his Loyola stint, Stokes served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
His other coaching experiences include service as an instructor for the Montgomery Sports Association, Montgomery County, Maryland; head coach for the Montgomery Recreation League and individual instructor for the One-on-One Basketball program in Maryland and Virginia.
Stokes is a 2002 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was a three-year starting point guard under head coach Gary Williams, leading the Terrapins to two Sweet Sixteen Tournament appearances. While at Maryland, he was named All-ACC, team captain, and currently holds the school record for assists in one game (15). Coach Stokes is also a graduate of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.