By RYAN PETRAS, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team has added another coach to its staff for the upcoming season.
Patrick Riley will take on the role of coaching the Wolverines’ goalies and defenders. He was the assistant JV and goalie coach at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren Michigan from 2010 to 2013, according to a press release from the UM-Dearborn
“Patrick provides a fresh new perspective, and new ideas; both on and off the field,” Wolverines’ assistant coach Mike Wagner said. “Patrick played at a high level during his collegiate career, so he knows what it takes to be successful as a team, but also improve one’s individual skill set.”
Riley began his collegiate playing career as a goalie at Robert Morris University (NCAA Division-I) in 2004, according to the press release.
After a three-year span with the Colonials, he transferred to Western Michigan University (MCLA Division-I), playing two seasons as goalie and earning All-CCLA honors.
His first coaching job was at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as varsity assistant, coaching there from 2005 to 2007.
Wagner and head coach Jason Watts know Riley through a post-collegiate travel lacrosse team they play for, the Motor City Lacrosse Club.
Riley’s experience playing collegiately at a high-caliber NCAA division was a factor in the hiring. The program’s leap to varsity status also played a role.
“Jason and I realized that to compete at the next level, not only do we need to recruit the best athletes we can, but also need to make sure we have a strong coaching staff to get the most out of the student athletes,”
“Varsity status requires significantly more work than a club team, so we felt it was important to bring Patrick to help in all areas, both on and off the field.”
Senior goalie Sean Walsh, who had a strong season last year, has been working with Riley to fine tune his game.
“Patrick has added some additional tips, and drills to help refine his skills to make him more effective,” said Wagner. “Sean’s physical skills are excellent, and Patrick is working to help with his decision making, and improving the clearing game.”
The lacrosse team is now gearing up for their season opener against St. Louis University on February 22.