He started as an intern in August 2017 in the Creative and Emerging Media Department. It’s just a fancy term, he said, for social and digital media.
Milhon worked for the sports department at UNL for three and a half years. He helped cover football, men’s basketball, and volleyball, but focused primarily on baseball.
He “worked alongside Coach Bolt and his coaching staff,” he said, referring to Will Bolt, and got to know the players well, he said.
Milhon traveled with the team in the 2019 playoffs and with the team in the first part of 2020, before the season was canceled.
In January 2019, Milhon was selected to work at College Football Playoff.
In this job, he met “a ton of great people from all over the country”, most of whom worked in varsity athletics.
One of the people he met ended up working for the Astros. When he left the Astros, the friend “got that first initial phone call for me,” Milhon said. “But my experience helped me get through the final candidates and landed me the job.”
“I think he’s so excited about this job that he would have worked on it for free,” says Mike Milhon, who says his grandson is “a cool kid”.
Milhon spent a lot of time on Grand Island during the summers while growing up, he said. He used to swim with his grandparents at Riverside Golf Club and attended Mike Trader basketball camps at Central Catholic. He also dated his cousins. The family have a photo of young Riley eating at the Coney Island dining hall with his cousin Brayden.