Ex-ENMU coach named Golden State’s top exec

NBA.com Larry Riley was named general manager of the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. Riley is a former coach at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

Former Eastern New Mexico University basketball coach Larry Riley
was promoted on Monday to vice president of basketball operations with
the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Riley, 64, was given the job after
Golden State elected not to renew former player and manager Chris
Mullin’s contract.

A couple of Riley’s friends still live in the Portales area and keep
up with him. Former Zias Coach Wayne Moore has known Riley since they
coached together at ENMU in 1980. Moore said Riley is thrilled about
his promotion with Golden State.

“Larry and I got along great together,” Moore said. “We recruited
together and did a lot of things. He was a great guy to be around and I
learned a lot from him.”

Riley was the Greyhounds coach from 1978 to 1988. He led the
Greyhounds to four winnings seasons, but was let go after finishing the
1987-88 season 4-23.

When Moore came to Eastern he had no college experience in coaching.
Riley helped Moore with all the procedures and guided him through what
he needed to know coaching at the college level.

Riley coached at his almamater Chadron State College in Chadron,
Neb., before coming to ENMU. He later joined the Milwaukee Bucks as an
assistant coach and advance scout for the club.

Six years later he left the Bucks for a position with the Vancouver Grizzles as the director of player personnel.

Then he got the No. 2 assistant coach position under head coach Don
Nelson with the Dallas Mavericks before following Nelson to Golden
State in 2006.