Riley Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – After two seasons as an assistant coach for the Amherst College men’s soccer program, Tony Pacella has been named the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Sewanee, The University of the South, and Killian Riley has joined the Jeffs as the newest addition to the coaching staff.
"Having the opportunity to work at Amherst College was a wonderful experience,” said Pacella. “The ability to work underneath one of the most successful coaches in NCAA soccer, Justin Serpone, is something I will never forget. He has had a huge impact on my coaching philosophy and my life, Amherst College is lucky to have him.”
Pacella was an instrumental piece to Amherst’s impressive runs during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, which featured back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division III men’s soccer sectional championship. In two seasons with the program, Pacella helped guide the Purple & White to an unprecedented 40-game unbeaten streak, sixth longest in NCAA Division III history, with a combined record of 35-1-5.
“Amherst Soccer couldn’t be happier for Tony,” said Serpone. “In the two years he was here, we only lost one game and his input was a big part of that. He’ll be missed by everyone on our team but we will be rooting for his success!"
In the past two years, Pacella has coached nine All-NESCAC selections, nine All-Region honorees, and four All-Americans. The 2012 season was arguably the greatest in program history, in which the Jeffs never trailed in 20 games and finished the year with a 17-0-3 record. In 2013, Amherst earned its first-ever No. 1 national ranking and captured its third-straight NESCAC Championship.
“I am looking forward to the next step in my career and I will absolutely bring the Amherst method anywhere I go from now on," added Pacella.
Following his departure, Serpone added Riley to become the newest member of the Amherst men’s soccer coaching staff. Riley spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Thiel College and brings five-plus years of coaching experience to Amherst.
As a student-athlete at Heidelberg University, he helped lead the team to its first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season title. Upon graduation, Riley attended Ottawa University where he earned a M.B.A. and served as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. During his time at Ottawa, he helped guide the women’s program to a NAIA Championship berth in 2011 and assisted the men’s team to a 12-win season the following year.
“We’re looking forward to bringing Killian on staff and working with him,” added Serpone. “He comes highly recommended and we’re excited to bring another young, hungry coach to Amherst."