|Phone Number:||(203) 582-3435|
|Alma Mater:||Massachusetts-Lowell 1996|
Bill Riga joins the Quinnipiac University men’s ice hockey staff after serving as an assistant coach at ECAC Hockey rival Union College for the past five seasons.
While at Union, Riga served as the Dutchmen’s primary recruiter, helping Union to their 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, Riga also worked extensively with the team’s forwards as well as on the penalty kill and on face-offs.
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.
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.