Rich Rider

Head Coach

  • Years at CLU21
  • Alma MaterNortheast Missouri State ('70)
  • Record 345-207 
  • Phone805.493.3404

The winningest coach in Cal Lutheran basketball history, Rich Rider recently completed his 21st season at the helm of the Kingsmen basketball program.

During the 2014-15 season, Rider led the Kingsmen to an 18-7 record and captured their sixth SCIAC Championship. Arik Smith and Coltrane Powdrill earned All-West Region honors as well as First Team SCIAC recognition under Rider. 

The 2010-11 season saw Rider guide his team to a berth in the SCIAC Men's Basketball Tournament, compile a winning record for the 15th time since taking the helm of the Kingsmen basketball team, and earn his 400th career victory as a head coach after defeating Luther (Iowa) at the Surf's Up Classic in Honolulu on November 26, 2010.

In the 2007-08 season, Rider and the Kingsmen claimed the fifth SCIAC Championship in the program's history with a 21-5 overall record.

From 2001-2004 he led the Kingsmen to three straight second place finishes putting up a 20-win season in 2001-02 and 19 victories over the 2003-04 campaign.

Rider led the Kingsmen to their fourth SCIAC championship in 2001, the team's first since the 1993 season. Rider also became the winningest coach in club history with a 91-76 win over Redlands (Feb. 22), surpassing Don Bielke, who was 110-172 in 10 seasons (1973-83).

During the 1996-97 season, Rider became the fastest of any of the previous nine CLU head coaches to reach the 50-win plateau.

Rider came to Thousand Oaks from the Boise Unified School District in Idaho where he served as athletic director for the 1993-94 academic year. Prior to that, he was associate men's basketball coach at Boise State University for nine seasons under head coach Bobby Dye.

Before moving to Idaho, Rider coached Chapman College (now University) in Orange, California for nine seasons from 1973 to 1982. Rider had seven winning seasons, guiding the program to a 136-104 overall record, including a highwater mark of 19-10 and a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships in 1977.

A three-year starter for the Bulldogs at Northeast Missouri State University (NEMO), Rider has bachelors degrees in business administration (1968) and health (1970) from NEMO. He also holds a masters degree in physical education (1971) and a doctoral degree in physical education from the University of Utah.

Rider and his wife, Janie, have three children, Jon, Scot and Missy. Jon was a two-year varsity letterwinner for the Kingsmen (1994-1996) and Missy was a four-year member of the Regals basketball team. The Riders make their home in Thousand Oaks.