Rhinos lose Lilley to Pittsburgh

Head coach leaves Rochester for team in same league

Pittsburgh, Pa. (WROC-TV) - Bob Lilley is leaving the Rhinos. Again. 

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced Lilley as their new head coach on Tuesday. Pittsburgh plays in the USL's Eastern Conference, just like the Rhinos.

Lilley had coached in Rochester the previous four seasons and won a championship in 2015. He also was in charge of the Rhinos for 2010 and 2011. His final Rochester record was 87-37-53. 

The Rhinos released the following comments on their website: 

“Bob Lilley should be proud of his accomplishments in Rochester, as he coached the Rhinos to many memorable victories. He always brings a winning spirit and an infectious dedication to the sport," said Pat Ercoli, a former Rhinos coach and current Rhinos Chief Soccer Officer.

“We knew Bob Lilley as one of the most respected coaches in the United Soccer League.  He provided leadership to the team and to our organization.   We thank him for his commitment to giving Rochester fans plenty of exciting soccer,” said David Dworkin.

“We will certainly miss Bob Lilley’s expertise and his incredible knowledge of soccer.  He’s been a guiding force as coach of the Rochester Rhinos and we are grateful for all he has done for our team and soccer in Rochester,” said Wendy Dworkin, co-owner of the team. 

The Dworkins plan to hold a news conference to discuss the future of professional soccer in Rochester on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:30PM.  

"We are proud to be part of the storied history of the Rochester Rhinos soccer team.  We expect to have more announcements this week to explain the critical needs of our organization and where things stand," said David Dworkin.


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