September 12, 2012



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Nicole Riley as its new head softball coach. She replaces Maria Morin, who stepped down this past summer after 18 seasons with the program. 


“I am more than excited and proud to rejoin my family at Rhode Island College and to be a part of an amazing program,” Riley said. “I have a lot of work ahead of me, but luckily I have had the honor and privilege of playing for Coach Morin, so it’s helpful to refer back to a solid foundation of tradition, team unity and championships.”




Riley wrapped up her spectacular career as an Anchorwoman in 2007. In total, she appeared in 122 career games, starting 98 of them. Riley posted a 77-20 record to go along with five saves, a 1.54 ERA, 600 strikeouts, 59 complete games and 23 shutouts. She is Rhode Island College’s all-time leader in career appearances, games started, wins and shutouts. Riley ranks second in innings pitched, strikeouts, and relief appearances, while ranking fourth in complete games and career ERA.


As a senior, Riley was named a Second Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). She was also named the Cox Sports Television Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year, First Team All-New England, the Little East Conference’s Co-Pitcher of the Year and garnered First Team All-Little East honors. At the time, Riley established the longest consecutive winning streak in NCAA Div. III softball history (43 games), which began on Mar. 17, 2006 and ended on Apr. 22, 2007. Furthermore, as a junior in 2006, Riley was the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year, a First Team All-LEC selection and a First Team All-NEISCA All-Star.


She was named to the 2007 NCAA N.E. Regional’s All-Tournament Team where she went 3-0 in four appearances with a 0.97 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. The senior righty appeared in 43 games, starting 36 of them. Riley was 29-5 with a 1.12 earned run average and two saves. She struck out 233 batters in 219.1 innings of work and logged 12 shutouts. Her 2007 campaign established new program records for the most games started (36), wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and shutouts in a season.




As a junior in 2006, she appeared in 34 games, starting 27 of them, and was 26-2 with two saves, a 1.38 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 192.1 innings pitched. She was also a First Team All-New England selection and was named to the 2006 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball Tournament’s All-Tournament Team as an At-Large selection.


As a sophomore in 2005, she appeared in 25 games, starting 17 of them. She owned a 12-6 record with one save. She had a 2.19 ERA and pitched five complete games. In 112 innings, she struck out 101 batters. As a hitter, she played in 18 games, starting 13 of them.


As a freshman in 2004, she appeared in 20 games, starting 18 of them. She owned a 10-7 record with a 2.01 ERA. In 104.2 innings pitched, she struck out 94 batters.


She is a 2009 graduate of Rhode Island College, earning a bachelor’s degree in general studies.


Riley resides in North Providence, R.I.