Pat Riley is a professional basketball executive, former coach and player. He played basketball at the university of Kentucky, and was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA draft. He was also drafted as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL Draft, however, he would go on to play in the NBA.
Riley has served as the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995, and he also served as the team's head coach from 1995 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2008. Regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has won five NBA championships as a head coach, including four with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s and one with the Heat in 2006. Riley is a nine-time NBA champion across his tenures as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and executive. Riley was named NBA Coach of the Year three times. He was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times: eight times with the Western Conference team. He was the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, as an assistant coach, as a head coach, and as an executive, and in various roles has reached the NBA finals in six different decades.
In 1996, he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in NBA history. Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Heat as their team president. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.