Pigskin Preview: Muleshoe’s Riley talks about meteoric rise in coaching ranks

East Carolina media relations: Courtesy photo Muleshoe native Lincoln Riley spent seven years learning former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s high-octane offense.

Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley knew he wanted to be a football coach — it just happened a little sooner than he expected.

After his freshman season as a non-scholarship quarterback at Texas Tech, then-Red Raiders coach Mike Leach approached Riley about hanging up his pads and grabbing a whistle. Seven years later, Riley is in his first year as offensive coordinator at East Carolina. At 26, he is one of the youngest coordinators in Division I.