SANTEE, Calif. – The SDC athletic department and the SDC men's and women's soccer team are pleased to announce the hiring of former player and coach, Cameron Riley, as its new head coach for the 2017-18 season.
"I'm excited to bring Cameron back to SDC as our head men's and women's soccer coach," SDC Athletic Director Carolyn Peters said. "His passion for Christ and the game are infectious and I look forward to what God has planned for our teams. I knew he had a future with his own program and feel blessed that he chose SDC as part of his next chapter."
Riley graduated from SDC in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. He was also a key player for the Hawks posting 50 career games over his four years. Riley was awarded GSAC Player of the Week three times and honored as an All-Conference player his senior year. He was an integral part of the team that was nationally ranked No. 18 and the team that made their first appearance in the GSAC Tournament Final.
In 2014, Riley guided the women's soccer team to its first GSAC Tournament semifinal in program history.
Riley left SDC in 2016 to join become an assistant coach at NCAA Div. II Point Loma. In 2016, the Sea Lions finished with a 9-5-4 record.
Riley has played soccer all over the globe, including professional trials in England with Brentford Football Club and Crewe Alexandria, as well as being invited to be a part of a professional showcase tour held in Turkey. Locally, Cameron played with the San Diego Flash and made his presence known with handful of essential appearances for the club.
His young but notable coaching career started in San Diego with Notts Forest Soccer Club as the club's goalkeeper coach for four years.