Pat Riley Biography

March 6, 2020
First published on:March 6, 2020
by Ramin

Facts of Pat Riley

Birth Name Patrick James Riley
Birth Place Rome, New York
Famous Name Pat Riley
Birth Date 20 March 1945
Horoscope Pisces
Net Worth $80 million
Height 6' 4''
Weight 93 Kg
Profession President
Currently Working For Miami Heats
Married to Chris Rodstrom

Patrick James Riley is an American professional basketball executive and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and also the head coach of two seperate tenures. He has attended Linton High School and then enrolled at Kentucky University. He was the 7th overall pick in round 1 of the 1967 draft. He was a Guard/Forward during his playing career. After 10 years of successful playing career, he saw his future in coaching and started coaching in 1979 at the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant. He has served as the head coach of five championship teams and also has been inducted into the hall of fame on 2008.

James was born on 20 March 1945 under the star sign Pisces. Even though he was born in Rome, New York, he was raised in Schenectady, New York. He was born to parent Leon Riley and Mary Riley.  

How much does the president of the Miami Heat earn annually?

The 93 Kg Riely has earned his incredible fortune from his career as a Coach, Executive and  President for the various organization. His latest position in the Miami Heat as the president will reward him greatly because of his incredible performance, even though there aren't sources which has revealed his salary details. Though according to various sources such as Richest, his estimated net worth is $80 million. He has been labeled one of the highest-paid GMs in the NBA according to MoneyInc.

The president of the Miami Heat started his career at the University of Kentucky where he displayed his amazing performance and also led the team to the 1966 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship game. Riley wore the number 42 and 12 jersey in his career as a player.

James was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft as well as by the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League draft that same year but choose to pursue basketball with the San Diego Rockets. He would have received wages according to his performances.

Year Team 
1967-1970 San Diego Rockets
1970-1975 Los Angeles Lakers
1975-1976 Pheonix Suns

After a few successful years, he later retired from basketball as a player and then joined the lakers as a broadcaster. In 1979, he was promoted as the assistant coach for the Lakers. Seeing his growth as an assistant coach he was later promoted to being the head coach in the early 1981-82 season. After a year, the Lakers won the championship as their head coach. He coached a star-studded Lakers team winning in 1982 and 1985 that included Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar and James Worthy winning his third and fourth NBA titles.   

In 1995, he resigned from the Nicks to become the head coach of the Miami Heat while he still had a year remaining in his contract. The matter was settled after sending their 1996 first-round pick to the Nicks along with a 1 million dollar cash on 1 September 1995.   

Year Team
1979-1981 Los Angeles Lakers (Assistant)
1981-1990 Los Angeles Lakers
1991-1995 New York Nicks 
1995-2003, 2005-2008 Miami Heat

In 2003, he stepped down as coach to become a full-time Executive and again regained his head coach status in 2003 leading them to the finals that year. After three years again stepping down as head coach to resume his General Manager and President duties. As president, he signed some of the great names in basketball history such as LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade

As a President of the Maimi Heat, he is living a life of intense difficulty managing his team but regardless, he also seems to be enjoying his life with his wife.

Riley's Mansion and Condo

The 6' 4'' tall has recently bought a condo in star-studded building for $8 million dollars, joining the star-studded owners at the new four seasons residences at the Surf Club in Surfside. 

Pat Riley's Star-studded  Building SOURCE: bizjournals

The Condo covers 3948 square foot Unit S-507 at 9001 Collins Avenue which comes with four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Antrobus and Ramirez helped Riley's to complete the interior of the Unit.

Pat Riley's Apogee South Beach Residence SOURCE: Curbed Miami

Before settling for Collins Avenue, they were previously settled at the waterfront mansion in Coral Gables which they sold for a whopping $16.75 million in 2012. Although they still own a condo in the Apogee building in South Beach which they bought after selling the waterfront mansion in $11.8 million dollars.

Dropping out of College to Marry Chris Rodstrom

Pat Riely met Chris Rodstrom when they were in college at the University of San Diego. She was a junior majoring in Psychology who dropped out of college to get married to Patrick. 

Pat Riley with his wife Chris Rodstrom SOURCE: Players Wife and Girlfriend

After dropping out of college to marry Patrick, she then again joined the college to complete her studies then joining the master course in Psychology. She became a therapist for six years then continued to be his husband's personal assistant after leaving her professional career in 1981.

They are the parents of son James Riley and daughter Elizabeth Riley who have grown into as well and on their way to achieving greatness of their own.  

Books of Pat Riley

Patrick has written three books in his career. The Winner Within A Life Plan for Team Players in 1993, Show Time: Inside the Lakers Breakthrough Season in 1988, and a Hawaiian book in 1999.

Pat Riley's Book The Winter Within SOURCE: Amazon

His books are available for sale on Amazon and other websites.

Awards and Honors

  • Nine-time NBA Champion (one as a player, one as an assistant coach, four as a head coach, two as an executive, and 2006 as an executive and head coach)
  • Three-time NBA Coach of the Year
  • Nine-time NBA All-Star Game head coach
  • 2011 NBA Executive of the Year
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 2008)
  • 1966 First Team All-American
  • 2012 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Number 42 retired by the Kentucky Wildcats

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