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Jack Riley, coach of 1st US hockey team to win gold, dies

Jack Riley head coach of the 1960 Men's Olympic gold medal team at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Boston Jack Riley, coach of 1st US hockey team to win gold, dies
Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2016, 06:59

Legendary former Army and U.S. Olympic hockey coach Jack Riley passed away on Wednesday afternoon on Cape Cod surrounded by family and friends, West Point announced. His death was announced by The U.S. Military Academy.

Riley was the coach of the 1960 team that posted a stunning upset of the Soviet Union at Squaw Valley in California.

Riley coached for more than 35 years at West Point, amassing 541 career wins, and was twice named the top coach in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. He had just six losing campaigns in 36 years behind the Army bench, retiring as second-winningest college hockey head coach in NCAA history.

"Jack's imprint on the game was enormous", USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said in a statement.

Jack Riley, head coach of the 1960 Men's Olympic gold medal team speaks with the media during a photo opportunity prior to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on December 1, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.

"He pushed his guys", Brian said. He yielded to another son, Brian Riley, who now coaches the Black Knights. That was interrupted when he served as a Navy pilot in World War II, but he returned to Darmouth and graduated in 1947. "He took big pride in serving his country".

 

It was a startling victory that came 20 years before coach Herb Brooks, the last player cut by Riley in 1960, led the "Miracle on Ice" triumph by the U.S.at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He was also inducted into International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.