Position: Assistant Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
• Formally announced as Clemson’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Jan. 13, 2023.
• Joined Clemson from TCU, where he served as the team’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in helping lead the Horned Frogs to a 13-2 record, a Fiesta Bowl title and a berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2022.
• Arrived at TCU following a 2021 campaign in which the Horned Frogs finished 5-7 and produced the nation’s 65th-ranked scoring offense. In his lone season in Fort Worth, he transformed the unit into the nation’s ninth-ranked scoring offense at 38.8 points per game. The explosive group led the FBS with 22 plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or more.
• Honored with the 2022 Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. With Riley’s arrival, three of the seven Broyles Awards winners from 2016-22 will have served as a coordinator on Clemson’s staff, joining 2016 winner Brent Venables and 2017 winner Tony Elliott. He joined his brother, 2015 winner Lincoln Riley, to make them the only brother duo in the award’s history to each earn the honor.
• Led TCU quarterback Max Duggan to the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, a runner-up finish in Heisman Trophy voting, All-America honors from several selectors and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
• Served two seasons at SMU from 2020-21 in the same role. His offenses with the Mustangs finished in the top 15 in the nation in both scoring offense and total offense in both seasons and helped garner postseason accolades for quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Tanner Mordecai.
• In his three years as an offensive coordinator prior to his arrival at Clemson, all three offenses finished in the top 15 nationally in scoring offense. His units as coordinator at SMU and TCU from 2020-22 combined would rank third in the nation in points per game in that span at 38.6 points per game, trailing only Ohio State (44.0) and Alabama (43.0) in that stretch.
• Riley’s combined SMU and TCU squads would also rank fifth in total touchdowns, sixth in offensive plays of 30-plus yards and 11th in yards per play across the 2020-22 seasons.
• Spent the 2019 season as the running backs coach at Appalachian State. The Mountaineers compiled a 13-1 record including a Sun Belt Conference title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.
• Mentored Appalachian State’s Darrynton Evans to Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year honors. Evans totaled 1,740 all-purpose yards, including 1,250 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns that year before later becoming a third-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2020 NFL Draft.
• Spent three seasons at Kansas from 2016-18 in various capacities. He joined the Jayhawks as an offensive analyst in 2016 before transitioning to an on-field role as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2017 and its tight ends/fullbacks coach in 2018.
• Made his FBS debut at East Carolina from 2013-15. After spending his first two seasons as a graduate assistant, he was promoted to Outside Receivers Coach in 2015. That year, East Carolina’s Zay Jones caught 98 passes for 1,009 yards as part of the receiver’s FBS-record 399 career receptions.
• Began coaching career in 2011, when he served as a passing game assistant and quarterbacks coach at Roosevelt High School in Lubbock, Texas.
• Moved to the collegiate ranks in 2012, helping rebuild an Augustana (Ill.) College program that was 2-8 prior to his arrival into a 5-5 squad that improved its rushing total by 500 yards during his season as the program’s running backs coach.
• Played quarterback at Texas Tech from 2008-09 under Head Coach Mike Leach before transferring to Stephen F. Austin for the 2010 season. He saw action in 11 games in helping the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference championship and a 9-3 record under head coach (and former Clemson defensive tackle) J.C. Harper.
• Earned degree in general business from Texas Tech in 2012.
• Said Head Coach Dabo Swinney of Riley’s hire: “Garrett has an incredible track record. His body of work — including this past season when his ninth-ranked scoring offense helped TCU transform from a five-win team into a 13-win national championship game finalist in their coaching staff’s first season — speaks for itself… Garrett was at the top of my list. I am thankful that he shared my belief in Clemson University and our football program, and I am thankful that he wants to be part of our tradition and family. He is a dynamic, young offensive coordinator who will bring a lot of excitement and explosiveness to the Clemson offense.”
• Swinney continued: “I am excited to see what we can accomplish with the young quarterbacks and dynamic playmakers we have on our roster here at Clemson and hopefully light up the scoreboard at Death Valley.”
• Native of Muleshoe, Texas, where he was the 2007 Associated Press All-State 2A Offensive Player of the Year after playing a role in four straight playoff appearances for Muleshoe High School.
• Selected to the American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in 2021.
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