Mike Riley announces four assistants

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced the hiring of four assistant coaches on Thursday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced the hiring of four assistant coaches on Thursday afternoon.

With five assistant coaching spots still open, Riley has hired Mark Banker and Trent Bray as defensive assistants. Mike Cavanaugh, a longtime offensive line coach, as an offensive assistant and Bruce Read to coach special teams. In a release from the school, no coordinator designations have been made at this point, besides special teams.

“I am excited to have the first pieces in place regarding our staffing,” Riley said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the coaches that are on board right now. I’ve worked with them and trust them and know the kind of work they do. They are excited to represent the University of Nebraska and our football program, and we are fortunate to have them on staff.”

All four assistant coaches were with Riley at Oregon State.

Mark Banker:
“I’m very excited to join the University of Nebraska family, and be a part of a football program with such an extensive tradition of excellence on the football field and in the classroom. Specifically as a defensive coach, it is an honor to be a part of the Blackshirts and I look forward to helping continue that tradition.”

Trent Bray:
“It is an honor to be here at Nebraska in a program with such great history and legacy. I am very excited to get started. I have great faith in and loyalty to Coach Riley and the opportunity to continue to work with him at a place like Nebraska is an unbelievable opportunity.”

Mike Cavanaugh:
“I am more than excited to be with Coach Riley at the University of Nebraska. The tradition of excellence here is amazing. I am really honored to be able to work with the offensive line at a program with such a history of success in that area.”

Bruce Read:
“This is a great opportunity to be a part of a program with such outstanding tradition and success like the University of Nebraska. I am really excited to be here and it is an honor to be able to continue to work with Coach Riley. I have been with him a lot of years and he provides a great environment for coaches and student-athletes. It is fun to go to work for him every day of the year.”

For the full release from the University: CLICK HERE

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