|Phone Number:||(203) 582-3435|
|Alma Mater:||Massachusetts-Lowell 1996|
Bill Riga enters
his sixth year with the Bobcats. Since arriving in Hamden, the
Bobcats have won 104 games in four seasons, averaging 20.8 wins per
season, while hosting an ECAC Hockey Tournament series each season.
Before coming to Hamden, Riga served as an assistant coach at ECAC
Hockey rival Union College for the previous five seasons.
While at Union, Riga served as the Dutchmen’s primary recruiter, helping Union to their then-highest finish in their Division I history when all four of his previous recruiting classes played together in 2007–08.
In addition to his recruiting duties, In his five years on staff at Union, the Dutchmen reached the ECAC Hockey Tournament four times. Before Riga arrived in Schenectady, Union had only been to the tournament once in the previous 15 years. Riga also recruited one All-ECAC Hockey selection and two ECAC Hockey All-Rookie picks.
Prior to Union, Riga was the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach for the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) in Framingham, Mass. During Riga’s tenure with the Jr. Bruins from 1996 to 2003, 33 of his players signed Letters of Intent to Division I programs. From 2000 to 2002, Riga was also the head coach and director of hockey at the Rivers School in Weston, Mass.
Over the last five years, Riga has been an instructor and coach for USA Hockey in Rochester, N.Y. Riga has worked primarily with some of the top 16 and 17 year olds in the country.
Riga was a four-year letterwinner at Hockey East member, University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In his time there, Riga helped the River Hawks to four Hockey East Tournament Semifinal appearances and two NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances. Riga was also a Hockey East All-Academic selection and the recipient of the 1996 Gus Coutu Award for exemplifying the spirit of UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey.