Rochester Rhinos Re-Sign Head Coach Bob Lilley

IMAGE, USLSOCCER.COM

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The 2015 USL Coach of the Year won’t be going anywhere

Bob Lilley signed a three-year extension with the Rochester Rhinos, the club revealed on Wednesday. Through 28 games, the Rhinos posted an impressive 17-1-10 record with 61 points, the most in the league. They also held home field advantage and, after a competitive game, defeated the LA Galaxy II to win the 2015 USL Championship — the team’s fourth trophy.

“This past season was special in many ways and another step forward for the organization,” said Lilley. “It is important that we continue to progress and strengthen our bond with our community and fans so that we may continue to grow and prosper in a very competitive USL.”

Lilley’s track record with the Rhinos is undeniably a successful one. He currently sits second in the team’s all-time wins list with fifty-five. He also won two regular season titles along with a divisional crown with the team spanning two stints at Rochester.

“It’s great to have Bob under contract with a three-year deal,” said Rhinos President Pat Ercoli. “There’s a mutual respect working with Bob which will allow us to continue the success that we started together. We look forward to bringing more titles to Rochester, and continuing to elevate the Rhinos presence around the country.”

With Lilley re-signed, the Rhinos establish continuity for the next USL campaign. Since returning to Rochester, his team has developed a dominant defense that suffocated USL offenses in 2014 and 2015. During the course of the team’s title run, they were able to add the pieces in the forward position that turned draws and low-scoring losses into wins.

  • AV

    Great history and always competitive but for nothing. Thank you US Soccer for giving cities who don’t care for soccer a made up team and MLS corporate dollars and for killing great cities with great soccer fans.

  • Luke

    good move since they have a good thing going there in Rochester,

    don’t think US SOccer or MLS had anything to do with “killing great cities with great soccer fans” since it was just an issue of the past owner not wanting to pay the city lease on the stadium…