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Riley Smith



Riley Smith joined the South Mountain volleyball staff as an assistant coach in July 2017. Riley will work closely with the setters and the Cougar offense. "Riley will make a fabulous addition to our coaching staff!  She has been in several high level programs & has had some training from the best coaches around.  She has a great eye for mechanics & that is quite important in the skill of setting, " said South Mountain head coach Pat Mooney. "We have coached club together and will continue that relationship here at South, and focus on setting." Riley returns to South Mountain after finishing her collegiate career at New Mexico Highlands University. Riley was an Academic All-American and a player of the week in 2013/2014 season here at South as a player along with being a part of our NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. “Pat is one of the best technical coaches I have worked with and I hope to learn the skills I need to lay the groundwork for a successful coaching career.” Riley continued her education at NMHU where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in sports and completed the course work for a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration with an overall GPA of 3.92. Prior to her time at South, Riley played for Molly West at Desert Vista High School; a powerhouse of AZ volleyball.  According to Riley “Molly West is known for giving all her players an amazing foundation in Volleyball IQ, and that will serve me well in my career.”  She was 1 of 17 freshmen that graduated as a part of one of the most prestigious programs in Arizona.  Riley played for East Valley Juniors, AZ Heat and finished her club career at Spiral Volleyball. Riley has also served as a coach for Spiral Volleyball; she was head coach of the 2013 11 Black team; she took them to 3rd place in Arizona for 11U teams.  In 2014, she coached 12 Blue and was an Assistant Coach with Pat Mooney for 17 Black and took them to Nationals where they