2018 Coaching Staff

Eugene Challengers Coach Josh Riley

Head Coach – Josh Riley

Josh, went to Sutherlin High School and played three seasons of AAA American Legion baseball for Doc Stewarts in Roseburg.  He played two years of baseball at Lane Community College where he helped LCC win a Southern Conference title in 2003 and was selected to play in the sophomore All-Star Game.  His next two years were spent at DII St. Martins in Lacy Washington.

After his college career, he coached outfielders and hitting at Western Oregon University as an assistant coach before accepting a job at his alma mater, Sutherlin High School.

He currently teaches at Sheldon High School.  Coach Riley his wife Lindsey and Grayson, and Madeline live in Eugene.

Kellen Hobie

Assistant Coach – Kellen Hobie

Hobie is a 2002 graduate of North Eugene High School and played for the Challengers in 2002 and 2003, primarily as a center fielder. He also played at Lane Community College in 2004 and 2005 and was first-team all-Southern Region outfielder in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, he played at Missouri Western State University. 

He coached the 2012 Challengers state championship team and served as head coach of the Withnell Dodgers the following season. In 2010 – 2011 he was an assistant coach at Western Oregon University working with outfielders and hitters. As an assistant coach with the Medford Mustangs from 2014 – 2016, the team won three state championships and had one World Series appearance. Last season he was an assistant coach with the Portland Barbers.

He’s the current head coach at Sheldon High School and a PE teacher at Madison Middle School.

Assistant Coach – Wyatt McKnight

Wyatt will enter his 2nd season with the Challengers in 2018.

Wyatt went to Sutherlin High School where he played under Coach Riley for four years. He also played two years of AAA Legion for the Doc Stewart’s of Roseburg.

After high school, Wyatt played three years of baseball at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon as a catcher. Wyatt also played in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League for the Klamath Falls Gems in 2017. Last year was spent at NAIA Mount Marty College in Yankton South Dakota. After an arm injury in the fall, he spent the year as a player/student assistant where he coached the programs catchers.

Wyatt is currently finishing his B.A. degree in Physical Education.

Volunteer Assistant – Erik Lansdon

Erik played for the Challengers back in 1995.

Previously he has been the head baseball coach at Springfield High School when they won the Midwestern League title in 2010 and was named Midwestern League Coach of the Year.

Currently, he is a counselor at Springfield High School and married to Stephanie with 2 sons, Hunter and Rhett.