Army West Point’s Brian Riley talks Black Knights hockey, family legacy, Atlantic Hockey on USCHO Spotlight Episode 4

30 Dec 17: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers host the Army West Point Black Knights in a non-conference matchup at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, MN. (Jim Rosvold/
Army West Point’s Brian Riley is in his 15th season as head coach (photo: Jim Rosvold/

Army West Point coach Brian Riley is in his 15th season behind the Black Knights bench, a role that’s been in the family since his father Jack Riley became head coach in 1950, followed by brother Rob Riley, whom Brian replaced in 2004.

On episode 4 of USCHO Spotlight, Riley talks with hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger about a variety of subjects, including this year’s team, which picked up seven of eight possible points on the road in the first two weekends of Atlantic Hockey play.

Other topics include the history and legacy of the Riley family in hockey and in coaching, recruiting hockey players who will also serve their country, the progress of Atlantic Hockey over the last decade, and a look at Riley’s tenure on the NCAA D-I hockey committee.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.