Announced as the club’s 10th head coach in its history on Nov. 14, 2017, Bob Lilley will enter his fourth season at the helm for Riverhounds SC.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Lilley guided the Hounds to an 11-4-1 record, which was good for second place in Group F and a third consecutive playoff berth, the first time in club history the team has made three straight postseasons.
In 2019, Lilley led the club to a 19-4-11 regular-season record, which totals the most single-season wins in team history, and the USL Championship Eastern Conference regular-season championship.
The club also made the postseason in 2018, when it hosted the first-ever playoff match at Highmark Stadium. Lilley has posted a 45-13-26 regular-season record with the Hounds, including shutting out opponents in exactly half of those matches, 42 out of 84.
Lilley came to Pittsburgh after coaching USL's Rochester Rhinos, which he led during two separate stints (2014-17 and 2010-11). In his six seasons with the Rhinos, Lilley compiled an 82-39-51 regular-season record, which includes a 2015 mark of 17-1-10 en route to winning Coach of the Year honors and the USL Cup. He also was named Coach of the Year in 2010, when Rochester won the USSF Division 2 Professional League regular-season title. The Rhinos made the playoffs in every season under Lilley and achieved at least a fourth-round finish in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup from 2014-17.
Before joining the Rhinos ahead of their 2010 season, Lilley spent the 2007-08 campaign as head coach of the Detroit Ignition of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He earned Coach of the Year honors, as the Ignition logged a 22-8 record and won the league’s regular-season championship.
For three seasons (2005-07), Lilley served as head coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL First Division. While with the club, he guided the Whitecaps to a 33-20-31 regular-season record and a league championship in 2006.
From 2002-03, Lilley was the head coach for the Montreal Impact of the USL A-League. He directed the club to the playoffs both years and amassed a regular-season record of 32-15-9, in addition to winning Coach of the Year honors in 2003.
The Fort Monmouth, N.J. native began his head-coaching career with the Hershey Wildcats, which he led from 1997-01. In his five seasons with the USL A-League club, he compiled an 86-46-6 regular-season record and was named Coach of the Year in 1997, his first-ever campaign as a head coach. Hershey made the playoffs each season with Lilley at the helm, including a trip to the A-League final in 2001.
Across his 20 seasons of head-coaching experience at every level, Lilley holds an all-time record of 300-142-123, and he has logged at least a .500 winning percentage during each regular season and has led his team into the postseason every year. He also has won two league titles, earned Coach of the Year honors five times, and in 2010, he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame as a coach.
Lilley played professionally with the Orlando Lions of the American Soccer League from 1989-90 (two seasons) and the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League in 1991 (one season). He also played professional indoor soccer with the Hershey Impact of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) from 1988-91 (three seasons), the Harrisburg Heat of the NPSL from 1991-97 (six seasons), and the Pittsburgh Stingers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1994 (one season).
From 1984-87, Lilley played at George Mason University, where he was a four-year starter and team captain. He was inducted into the George Mason Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.