Miami Heat President and Hall of Fame inductee Pat Riley has a resume that is unquestionably one of the most impressive in all of sports. Few in any profession have achieved the levels of success that Riley has accomplished while serving various roles in nearly half a century of dedication to the game he loves. The list of accomplishments for the eight-time NBA champion is equally long and impressive.
Prior to this executive position Riley’s already storied career includes seven NBA Championships, including five as a head coach. Additionally, Riley was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year honor three times, Head Coach for nine NBA All-Star Teams, 2011 NBA Executive of the Year and most recently adorned with the 2012 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports and executive minds of all time.
The road to The Heat’s latest championship was one that was engineered meticulously with Riley’s heavy involvement. The knowledge and experience he brought to the Miami organization culminated in the 2010-2011 season with the additions of superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwyane Wade to form “The Big Three” that sent shockwaves to both the NBA and sports communities. It was an accomplishment that was as impactful as any Riley had made previously to an already legendary career.
As head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Riley led the team to four consecutive NBA Finals winning the Championship in his inaugural year. During his near decade long career as the Lakers’ coach, Riley won a total of four NBA Titles. His fifth and final NBA Championship would come as the head coach of the 2005-2006 Miami Heat. Following his retirement as head coach in 2008, Riley accepted the position of Team President for The Heat where he continues to generate success and champions today.
Complimenting his triumphs as a sports maven, Riley penned two New York Times bestsellers: Showtime and The Winner Within. Both of these books have proven to be the foundation that helped transition Riley into speaking where he was called one of “America’s Greatest Motivational Speakers” as well as being rated “the best in his field” by Success Magazine. Riley’s ability to translate his wealth of experience and wisdom to a results seeking audience is what makes his speaking engagements so extraordinary. From sharing his philosophies on leadership, team building, adjusting to evolving dynamics and personal growth, Pat Riley knows how to communicate winning principles which ultimately contribute to lasting success.