Former Husker coach Mike Riley wins USFL Coach of the Year Award

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Former Husker coach Mike Riley has earned himself the inaugural USFL Coach of the Year Award.

Riley spent 2022 making a name for himself in the new football league as the head coach of the New Jersey Generals.

After losing the first game of the season, Riley and company went on to win nine straight, securing a spot in the playoffs.

Riley’s Generals will be facing the Philadelphia Stars in the North Division Final game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Central time on Fox.

Before the USFL, Riley spent three seasons as the Huskers’ head coach.  He was hired by former Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst after Bo Pelini’s firing in 2014.

Riley’s first two seasons were semi-successful, with a 6-7 record in 2015 and a 9-4 record in 2016.  He led the team to bowl games in both seasons, winning the Foster Farms Bowl in 2015.

Then came 2017, when Riley and the Huskers ended with a 4-8 record, which at the time was the worst record for the team since going 3-6 in 1961.

After a devastating 56-14 loss at home against Iowa, recently hired Athletic Director Bill Moos pulled the plug on Riley’s time at Nebraska.

Bill Moos then hired UCF head coach and Nebraska native Scott Frost, who has had back-to-back three-win seasons.

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