J.J. Riehl became the sixth head coach of the St. Edward’s University women’s basketball team in 2012. She now enters her sixth season just 21 wins shy of 100-career victories.
In 2016, Riehl led the Hilltoppers to their second regular-season Heartland Conference title in program history and second conference tournament title in four years. Riehl coached SEU to an overall record of 20-9 and a conference mark of 13-3 – both career bests for the fifth-year head coach. Riehl was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year as the Hilltoppers produced the program’s first all-American in its NCAA history and three All-Heartland Conference performers.8805
Under Riehl, SEU appeared in its first NCAA Tournament in program history in the 2013-14 season, and she led St. Edward’s to a second NCAA Tournament in the 2016-17 season. Riehl has led SEU to three conference tournament finals in the last four years. In 2013-14 the Hilltoppers won the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. Riehl followed that up in 2015-16, leading St. Edward’s to a conference tournament finals appearance as the No. 7 seed before winning the tournament again in 2016-17. She is the only head coach in program history to win two Heartland Conference Tournament titles.
Over the past five years, Riehl has developed one all-American, 12 All-Heartland Conference performers as the 2015-16 Heartland Conference Newcomer of the Year. A total of eight individuals have earned Heartland Conference All-Tournament honors with two earning Most Valuable Player distinction.
Riehl’s roots tie deep into St. Edward’s University, as she served as an assistant coach from 2002-12. While assisting, she played an instrumental role in the program’s first Heartland 8409Conference regular-season championship (2005–06), six consecutive conference tournament appearances stretching from 2006 to 2011, 24 all-conference players, one conference Player of the Year, one Defensive Player of the Year and two professional players.
Riehl also played collegiate basketball at St. Edward’s, arriving on the hilltop in 1998. She was a three-year starter, two-year captain and two-time all-conference honoree, and she led her team to an NAIA Championship appearance. Riehl is listed in the record books multiple times as one of the best 3-point shooters and point guards in program history to go along with more than 1,000-career points. Riehl was recognized as a member of the St. Edward’s University Women’s Athletics All-Era Team in 2010.
Riehl received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2002 and earned her Master of Human Services with a Sports Management concentration in 2004, both from St. Edward’s.