By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BURLINGTON, N.J. —
David “Duck” Riley, a Northfork favorite son, will be inducted into the South Jersey Coaches Association Sports Hall of Fame, March 13, at Auletto’s in Deptford, N.J.
He will be one of twelve inductees chosen from former coaches and/or administrators.
A 1974 Northfork graduate, “Duck” was a co-captain of the Blue Demon football team in the fall of 1973 that went 12-0 and won the Class AA football title. He received first team All-State honors following that season and was voted West Virginia Player of the Year by the Morgantown Touchdown Club.
In the spring of his senior year as a Blue Demon, Riley served as a co-captain of the basketball team that won that state championship and he was again honored by being chosen to the first team Class AA All-State team.
After graduation from Northfork, “Duck” attended West Virginia University on a football scholarship, where he starred as a running back for the Mountaineers, lettering his final three seasons (freshmen were not allowed to play varsity sports at the NCAA Division 1 level at that time).
While at the Morgantown-based University, he earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree.
Following graduation, Riley was drafted by the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
He played three seasons in the United States Football League for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, where they won the USFL championships two of those three years.
Following his professional playing career, “Duck” started his career in education and coaching.
In 1990, he was chosen as Brooks Irvine Coach of the Year for football, as well as Burlington County Coach of the Year.
The next season, Riley guided Cinnaminson to the state championship in football.
Two seasons later, David was head coach of the Patriot Division Champion Rancocas Valley gridiron squad and was named Trenton Times Coach of the Year.
Being inducted for track and basketball, as well as an athletic administrator, and football coach, Riley coached Cinnaminson to the Olympic Conference championship in 1990 in track and field, while his teams were also Burlington County Patriot Division champs in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
“Duck” was also named Burlington County Coach of the Year in track and field in 1993.
In 1998, he became the athletic director at Willingboro High School, and is currently the AD for the Willingboro School District.
When Riley became athletic director at Willingboro in 1998, he became the first black athletic director in Burlington County history.
“Duck” served as an NFL intern in 1993 (Detroit Lions), 1995 (New Orleans Saints), 1997 (Carolina Panthers) and 1999 (Arizona Cardinals).
Riley is Director of the Frank Glazier (football) Clinic, Director for Junior Rank football camps and Director of NFL High School Player Development, in addition to running a sports round table to educate parents on how to get their student/athletes into college.
“Duck” is the son of Josephine Riley and the late James Riley.
A 2012 inductee into the McDowell County Sports Hall of Fame, Riley lives in Burlington, N.J., with his wife Audrey and children Courtney, Ashley, Tyler and Shelby.