Father of OSU football coach Mike Riley passes away



CORVALLIS, Ore. -– Bud Riley, the father of Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley, passed away Sat., Aug. 4 near his home in central British Columbia at the age of 86.

Bud was an assistant coach at OSU under Dee Andros from 1965-72 and with Craig Fertig in 1979, serving as the secondary coach and defensive coordinator. He was an integral part of one of the most recognized teams in school history – the 1967 Giant Killers.

Bud left OSU in 1972 to coach in the Canadian Football League, where he served as the head coach at Toronto, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Calgary. He also held assistant coaching and front office positions in the CFL.

His college coaching career also included at his alma mater, the University of Idaho. He was a standout halfback for the Vandals from 1948-50 and played baseball for the school. Bud was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 1998.

A veteran of World War II, Bud is survived his wife of over 60 years Mary; sons Mike, Ed and Pete. Bud’s brother Hayden, a former head baseball and basketball coach at the University of Alabama, passed away in 1995.

Memorial arrangements have not been scheduled at this time. Mike Riley is in Corvallis and will be at the team’s opening practice later this afternoon.