Hayden Riley
Sport(s)Basketball, Baseball, American football
Biographical details
Born(1921-09-14)September 14, 1921
Guin, Alabama, U.S.
DiedApril 24, 1995(1995-04-24) (aged 73)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Playing career
Howard College (3 sports)
Alabama (basketball, baseball)
Position(s)Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Coffee HS (AL)
Alabama - (Assistant)


Alabama (Assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall102–104 (.495) - basketball
224–163–1 (.579) - baseball

Loyd Hayden Riley[1] (September 14, 1921–April 24, 1995) was an American college basketball coach. He was the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide for eight seasons during the 1960s, and the Tide’s head baseball coach for ten seasons in the 1970s. He was also a recruiting coordinator for football at Alabama under Paul "Bear" Bryant.[2]

College and militaryEdit

Born and raised in Guin, Alabama, Riley was a four-sport athlete in high school and played football, basketball, and baseball at Howard College (now Samford University). He entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was stationed at NAS Pensacola in the nearby Florida panhandle as a physical trainer. Following his discharge from the military in 1946, he returned to college at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he lettered in basketball and baseball. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in August 1948 and earned a master's degree in 1953.


Just days after earning his degree, Riley was the head coach of baseball and basketball at Coffee High School in Florence. He stayed for a decade, and his basketball team won the state championship in 1951, with high finishes in other years.[3] One of his players at Coffee was Wimp Sanderson, a future assistant under Riley at Alabama and later the Tide's head coach. Riley was also the head football coach at CHS for three seasons, beginning in 1955. He moved to the University of Alabama in 1958 as a football assistant to Bear Bryant and an assistant basketball coach under Eugene Lambert.[4] When Lambert left in 1960, Riley was promoted to head basketball coach. After eight seasons, Riley suffered his first losing season and resigned in 1968, and continued as an assistant athletic director.[5] In 1970, he succeeded Joe Sewell as head baseball coach for ten seasons and stepped down due to health reasons in 1979.[6][7]

Riley served in the athletic department at Alabama until 1982,[2] then became commissioner of the Gulf South Conference from 1982 for two years.[8] He suffered a stroke in 1987[9] and was confined to a wheelchair, and lived at the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa.[10][11] Riley died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 73.[7][12]

A city park in Guin is named for him.[13]


Riley was married to the former Lauranne Kudrop of Greenville and they had three children, two sons and a daughter.[14] Riley had five sisters[15] and was the older brother of football coach Bud Riley, who is the father of Mike Riley, the head football coach at Oregon State. Nephew Mike played football at Alabama in the early 1970s while Hayden was the head baseball coach.[7][12]


  1. Tuscaloosa News - legal notices - 1995-05-25 - p.8C
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tuscaloosa News - Riley overlooked by Alabama Sports Hall of Fame - 1996-02-21 - p.2C
  3. Florence Times - Riley has everything needed as great coach - 1956-04-08 - p.12
  4. Florence Times - Hayden Riley appointed assistant football, cage coach at Alabama - 1958-03-11 - s.2 p.4
  5. Gadsden Times - Riley quits post - Associated Press - 1968-03-04 - p.7
  6. Gadsden Times - Bama's Riley resigns - 1979-05-20 - p.39
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Tuscaloosa News - Friends pay tribute to Riley - 1995-04-24 - p.4C
  8. (Florence) Times Daily Hayden Riley: I don't think I've ever had a day off work - 1983-02-03 - p.16
  9. (Florence) Times Daily - Riley suffers stroke - 1987-02-01 - p.2D
  10. Tuscaloosa News - Hayden Riley: he's been a jack-of-all-sports - 1987-07-30 - p.17
  11. (Florence) Times Daily - Florence welcomes Riley back - 1988-02-22 - p.1B
  12. 12.0 12.1 Gadsden Times - Former Tide coach remembered - 1995-04-26 - p.C1
  13. - City of Guin, Alabama - Hayden Riley Park - accessed 2012-04-10
  14. Tuscaloosa News - Sidelines - 1967-07-30 - p.10
  15. - Margaret Riley Watkins - (1933-2010) - accessed 2012-04-10

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