Vince Riley began his career at Caltech when he was just 15 years old. He started as a participant in a summer program in 1978, and three years later, he began working full-time. In 1991, he became a senior building supervisor in the physical education and recreation division of the athletics department. Currently, he serves as the Caltech "athletics ambassador," organizing the daily functions of the athletics department.
In May of 2012 he was honored with Caltech's Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize. The prize recognizes staff members within the Caltech community whose contributions embody the values and spirit that enable the Institute to achieve excellence in research and education.
Riley was a member of Caltech's football team for 10 years beginning in 1982.