Official release from Rochester Rhinos
Rhinos President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Ercoli announced on Tuesday that Bob Lilley - whose 13 year professional coaching career includes 13 trips to the playoffs and one USL Championship - will be the fifth head coach in Rochester's 18 years of storied tradition.
"We are excited to have Bob back, he is a proven commodity, someone that has had a very successful history in the game and is well respected in the soccer circles. Bob understands the team's tradition and knows what is needed to help build a successful team," Ercoli said.
Lilley's coaching career was forged over 13 years as a head coach with the Hershey Wildcats, Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, Detroit Ignition, and Rochester Rhinos. Lilley amassed a career regular season record of 179-97-56, and he has surpassed 200 career victories when playoff wins, U.S. Open Cup wins, and indoor soccer coaching wins are included in the total. He guided his team to the playoffs every season, and won the USL Championship with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006.
"I am excited to be returning to Rochester and have the opportunity to work with Pat, Rob and the entire organization again," Lilley said. "I certainly missed the USL environment during my time away and am looking forward to the challenge of helping Rochester achieve continued success in the league. The fans and City of Rochester deserve a team they can continue to be proud of."