Rochester Rhinos News Release - www.rhinossoccer.com
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The 2015 USL Champion Rochester Rhinos have agreed to a new three-year contract with their Hall of Fame Head Coach Bob Lilley. Lilley was selected as the 2015 USL Coach of the Year after the Rhinos navigated the regular season with a league best 61 points from a 17-1-10 record. Rochester entered the USL Eastern Conference Playoffs as the top seed in the tournament, and defeated New York Red Bulls II, Louisville City FC, and LA Galaxy II in overtime to win the Rhinos' first championship since 2001.
“This past season was special in many ways and another step forward for the organization," Lilley said. "It is important that we continue to progress and strengthen our bond with our community and fans so we may continue to grow and prosper in a very competitive USL. I am thankful for the trust and confidence that the Clark family and Pat Ercoli have in me to play my part, and look forward to the challenge.”
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In 388 professional outdoor regular season matches the four-time coach of the year has amassed a record of 206-108-74 with seven division or conference championships and two regular season titles. In the postseason Lilley has a 20-17-5 record with an appearance in the 2001 A-League Final against Rochester in Frontier Field, the 2006 USL First Division Championship, and the 2015 USL Championship.
“It's great to have Bob under contract with a three-year deal.” Rochester Rhinos President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Ercoli said. “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.”
Over the course of his 14-year career Lilley has coached 34 award winning players. He has had players named to the All-League team 23 times with 18 First Team selections and five Second Team selections. Lilley has coached the Most Valuable Player twice, the league's leading scorer twice, the Goalkeeper of the Year four times, the Defender of the Year once, and the Rookie of the Year twice.
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Lilley spent the last four seasons of his professional coaching career with the Rochester Rhinos from 2011 to 2012 and then from 2014 to the present. Lilley is second all-time in club history in regular season victories with 55, and has won two regular season titles and a division title in his four seasons with Rochester. In the postseason he has a 5-3 record with the Rhinos, as the club advanced to the 2011 USL National Division Final before winning the USL Championship in 2015.
Lilley managed the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2005 to 2007 where he compiled a 33-20-31 record. The Whitecaps won the 2006 USL First Division Championship with a 3-0 win against the Rhinos, as Lilley posted a 4-2-3 record in the playoffs with Vancouver.
Lilley spent two years in Montreal with the Impact from 2002 to 2003 where he won 32 games, lost only 15 and drew nine regular season matches. Lilley won a divisional title with the Impact in 2003.
Lilley began his coaching career with Hershey Wildcats where the central Pennsylvania native posted an 86-46-6 record in the regular season. He won division titles in 1997, 1999, and 2001 with Hershey. Lilley won eleven playoff matches and lost nine in leading the Wildcats to three A-League Eastern Conference Finals and the 2001 A-League Final where Hershey lost 2-0 to the Rhinos in Rochester.
Season tickets and flex packages for the Rochester Rhinos 2016 USL season are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), or by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium during regular off-season business hours from Monday to Friday.