BOCA RATON, Fla. -
“I am thrilled to welcome Riley to our FAU Swimming and Diving family,” said Preacco. “He will add tremendous athletic and coaching experience to an already successful and ambitious coaching staff which includes Alice McCall and Yaidel Gamboa. I am very excited for this upcoming year and look forward to continue leading our team toward increasing the number of personal and team wins as well as continuing to break school records and striving to send multiple athletes to the NCAA Championship. Riley’s motivation and enthusiasm, as well as his skills in stroke work and recruiting, will help us continue to move our team forward and achieve these goals.”
Boulden brings five years’ of collegiate coaching experience along with the skills he perfected as both a head recruiting coordinator and associate aquatics director.
"I would like to thank Coach Preacco for this amazing opportunity,” said Boulden. “It's an honor to be a part of Florida Atlantic University Athletics, and I'm excited to work with these dedicated and motivated student-athletes, coaches and staff. FAU's commitment to a high level of academic and athletic excellence makes this institution a dream destination to continue my coaching career. I look forward to getting started and helping to continue the success the program has seen as well as reach new heights."
Boulden spent three years as a men's and women's swimming and diving assistant coach at the United States Military Academy. Throughout his tenure at West Point, Boulden coached, mentored and developed the middle distance stroke group. During the 2016-17 season, he was named the head recruiting coordinator after spending his first two seasons as the junior recruiting coordinator. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished the season No. 2 at the 2016-17 Patriot League Championships, which were the highest simultaneous finishes in program history. Boulden produced 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Most Improved” swimmers and saw 60 school records broken during his tenure. He also served as an Olympic Trial Coach in 2016.
Prior to his time at West Point, Boulden spent two years as the assistant men's swim coach and associate aquatics director at DePauw University. While at DePauw from 2012-14, he helped lead the team to two top-three finishes at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and two top-15 finishes at the Division III NCAA Championships. The Tigers swim program boasted 13 broken school records and 18 All-America honors under Boulden's leadership.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career at DePauw, Boulden was a decorated member of the University of Alabama swim and dive team from 2006-10. While a part of the Crimson Tide, he set a school record in the 200 IM and achieved two Olympic Trial cuts and four World Trial cuts. Boulden finished fourth in the 200 breast at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships and placed 19th in the same event at the World Trials. He also captured a sixth-place finish as part of the 400 medley relay at World Trials. Three of his four seasons, Boulden was named to the SEC Honor Roll and served as Alabama's team captain in 2010.
The Indianapolis, Indiana, native received a master’s degree in sport of recreation management from Indiana State University in 2017 and earned a bachelor’s in commerce and business administration in 2010 from Alabama.