Scott Riley, who has been an integral part of Cleveland High’s football success, has been named as the school’s head coach.
Riley has been the junior varsity coach and coached the varsity defensive line since the school opened in 2010. He had previously been on former coach Marc Morris’ staff at Harnett Central.
Morris resigned to become the coach at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Carolina Forest.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” Riley said. “I’ve been at the school since it opened, and I know the players and they know me. I look forward to us having a good team and continuing to build an elite program.”
Jamie Lee, Cleveland’s athletic director, said Riley has a tremendous work ethic and great rapport with the players.
“He is an outstanding young coach,” Lee said. “We’re all excited to have him lead the program. He has done a tremendous job with our junior varsity and working with our players.”
Riley has been the school’s wrestling coach and led the Rams to three conference championships. He will give up that position.
Riley, 32, was a football standout at Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, playing fullback and middle linebacker for coach Wayne Stewart, who currently is a Cleveland assistant. Riley played football for two seasons at Washington and Jefferson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina.
He teaches civics and economics, and law and justice.
Cleveland opened in 2010 but has an extraordinary football tradition. The Rams did not field a varsity football team during the first year but have posted 10-4, 12-2 and 9-5 records the past three years.