The current President and former Head Coach of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley is a 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, a seven-time National Basketball Association World Champion, as well as the only Head Coach in NBA history to capture Coach of the Year honors with three different teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat.
Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Miami Heat as their team president. He is the first (and so far only) North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach (both assistant and head), and executive. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.
In his 11th season with Miami Heat, President Pat Riley returned to the bench as Heat head coach in December 2005 after more than two years away from the sidelines. He then went on to win the 2006 NBA Championship.
As the Miami Heat, President, Riley maintains a standard of excellence within the franchise, both on and off the court, that has allowed the team to maintain its status as one of the most consistent and most successful in the NBA. Riley’s resume is filled with many milestones during a 20-year coaching career that is one of the most impressive in all of sports.
Coach Riley reached the 1000 victory plateau faster than any other Coach or Manager in the 4 major North American professional sports leagues. He currently stands as the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for both the Lakers and the Heat.
Riley is not only one of professional basketball’s winningest coaches, but his speeches before hundreds of corporations have earned him the title of “America’s Greatest Motivational Speaker.” He has been rated by Success Magazine as “the best in his field.” He is a consummate competitor who knows the exhilaration that comes with winning. His philosophy is based upon winning, leadership, mastery, change, and personal growth as well as understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team--any team, whether it is a small company, a giant corporation, a city or a group of athletes.
Riley has also completed an award winning 30-minute motivational video entitled “Teamwork” in which he applies his winning philosophies to business and life in general. In addition to being one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country, Riley has authored two best-selling books, Show Time and The Winner Within.
Along with his wife, Chris, Riley has also been involved with numerous charity and community service projects throughout his coaching career, including Miami Heat Family Outreach, Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. As a result of his efforts, Riley has received many prestigious awards, including the Miami Project Sports Legend Award in 1992, Boys and Girls Clubs Miami Person of the Year Award in 1998, and was honored by the YMCA Miami in 1998.