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 2, and Madeline 1 live in Eugene.  This will be his fifth season with the Challengers.

Eugene Challengers Assistant Coach Shawn Peterson

Assistant Coach – Shawn Peterson

Shawn is entering his 4th season with the Challengers. Shawn primarily works with infielders and base running. Shawn, a 2006 graduate of North Eugene High School, played three seasons for the Challengers and was used primarily as a third baseman. After high school, Shawn Played two seasons 2007-2008 at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington as a first baseman at LCC in 2008, he was named Second-team All-conference. Following LCC Shawn went on to play for the Oregon Ducks 2010-2011 as a first baseman. Shawn graduated from the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in sociology and recently finished his Master’s degree in educational leadership while working on staff for the Ducks. Shawn currently works for the Eugene 4J School District as an after School Coordinator.

Pitching Coach – Cooper Stiles

Cooper Stiles will be the Eugene Challengers pitching coach for the 2017 season. Cooper is a 2013 graduate of Sheldon High School in Eugene and Challenger alum. At Sheldon HS Cooper was a four-year starter, while serving as a team captain as a senior … Named the 2013 Class 6A Baseball Player of the Year after leading Sheldon to a state championship … Earned First-team all-state and first team all-conference honors after batting .396 (42-for-106) with eight doubles, one home run, 29 RBI, 13 walks and three stolen bases … Went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Sheldon’s 6-5 win in the state tournament championship game … Named Second-team all-league as a junior as a shortstop while batting .333 … Batted .333 as a sophomore while playing third base and shortstop … His high school coach was Stan Manley former Challengers coach and now Head Coach at Linfield College. Cooper also played for the Bend Elks in the West Coast Collegiate League in 2013. He is in his senior season as a pitcher for the University of Oregon Ducks. Coach Riley is very excited to add a coach that understands the Challengers mission and brings an expertise of playing baseball at the  Division I level. He will be a valuable addition to our program.