Mark Riley Leaves Penn for Kalamazoo

PHILADELPHIA – The University Of Pennsylvania announced Friday afternoon that Mark Riley has resigned as the Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis.

Riley, who has been at Penn for seven seasons, has been named Kalamazoo (Mich.) College’s head men’s tennis coach, and Assistant Director of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships; he will become director of the 2008 tournament, one of the largest amateur tennis tournaments in the nation.

The Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team has won an incredible 69 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships (1939-2007) with a conference record of 426-2 in that time. Kalamazoo has won seven NCAA Division III national championships and has made 25 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Riley’s move marks a return to his alma mater, as he graduated from Kalamazoo in 1982 with a degree in economics. While at Kalamazoo, he was a Division III All-American and two-time team captain, as well as MIAA Most Valuable Player his senior season.

“I had a great experience at Penn,” Riley said. “Winning back-to-back ECAC and Ivy League championships will always be a highlight of my coaching career. I feel like Penn is in a good place in men’s tennis, and will continue to be a top team in the league. However, the opportunity to coach at my alma mater, Kalamazoo College, and be named director of the Boys’ National Championship is a great opportunity for me.”

“We appreciate all that Mark has done for the men’s tennis team and the University of Pennsylvania,” Penn athletics director Steve Bilsky said. “He energized the men’s tennis program, and his recent success in the league has raised the bar for Penn tennis for years to come. Although we will miss him, we understand the opportunity to return to his alma mater, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Riley, who began his collegiate coaching career at Penn as an assistant in 1993, has led the Quakers to the last two ECAC and Ivy League championships. At Penn, Riley coached eight first-team All-Ivy selections, two Ivy League Rookies of the Year, and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Rookie of the Year. In 2006, Riley was named ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, USTA/Middle States Tennis Association Section Coach of the Year, and Philadelphia Area Tennis District Collegiate Coach of the Year. He currently serves on the ITA Board of Directors and the ITA Operating Committee. Riley was Tournament Director for the ITA East Region Championships in 2002 and 2006.