Oregon State football assistant Mike Riley has been named the head coach of the San Antonio franchise of the Alliance of American Football League.
Riley began his third stint with the OSU program when he was hired as assistant head coach and tight ends coach following the hiring of Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith last December.
“There already is tremendous interest from coaches around the country to join our team,” Smith said. “We will hire the right coach who will help us build on the significant momentum we have underway in recruiting and student-athlete development.
“I want to thank Coach Riley for his contributions to our program and wish him the best in his new challenge.”
Riley was Oregon State's head coach from 1997-98 and 2003-14, with time in the NFL as San Diego's head coach and as a New Orleans assistant coach in between.
He was most recently the Nebraska head coach for three seasons.
Riley coached a San Antonio team in the World League of American Football in 1991-92. He was also a head coach in the Canadian Football League and an assistant at numerous colleges, including California and USC.
The Alliance of American Football completed its awarding of franchises Thursday by placing a team in San Antonio. Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl "Moose" Johnston is the general manager.
San Antonio joins Atlanta, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Phoenix, Memphis and Birmingham.
The Alliance will kick off its inaugural season the week after the Super Bowl and has a TV contract with CBS.
San Antonio is the eighth and final city for The Alliance's inaugural season, joining Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis, Salt Lake, Phoenix, San Diego and Birmingham.
"Not only does San Antonio have a large population of football fans, it has a first-class stadium to host them in," says Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO of the league. "The Alamodome is a perfect backdrop for Alliance San Antonio, and we are eager to give this city a competitive team, led by coach Mike Riley, that they can rally around and support.
Oregon State begins summer offseason workouts Monday returns to formal practice Aug. 3 in preparation for the 2018 season.