Columbus Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today that Rob Riley and Andy Schneider have been hired as amateur scouts by the National Hockey League Club.
Riley has spent the past six years with the Blue Jackets organization, including serving as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, during the past two seasons. During the four previous seasons, he was a member of the club’s amateur scouting staff.
Prior to joining the organization, Riley spent 18 seasons as the head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he compiled a 257-288-33 record in 578 career games from 1986-2004. He served as an assistant coach at Army in 1985-86 under his father, Jack, and the two are the all-time winningest father-son combination in college hockey history with a combined 848 victories. After a four-year playing career at Boston College, he began his coaching career serving as an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at his alma mater from 1978-80. He then spent three seasons at St. Lawrence University as an assistant coach from 1980-83.
Schneider joins the Blue Jackets after spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos. He spent the previous 18 seasons, playing professionally in North America and Europe. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, he played five seasons in the WHL with Seattle and Swift Current from 1988-93 and represented Canada at the 1992 World Junior Championships. The 5-9, 170-pound left wing was signed by the Ottawa Senators as a free agent and spent two years in the organization, appearing in 10 games with Ottawa in 1993-94.
He split the following season between the American Hockey League’s PEI Senators, the Canadian National Team and Leksand IF of the Swedish Elite League before playing with the International Hockey League’s Minnesota/Manitoba Moose from 1995-97. Schneider spent the next 10 seasons playing in Germany before wrapping up his career with a four-year stint in Austria with Klagenfurt AC.
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