Notre Dame Athletics | January 6, 2017
Chad Riley, head coach of the highly successful Dartmouth men's soccer program the last five seasons and a former standout Irish men’s soccer player and assistant coach, has been named head men’s soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Riley’s Dartmouth teams won a combined 51 games over his five seasons (51-26-14 in 2013-17) and captured Ivy League titles each of the last four years. He claimed Ivy League Coach of the Year honors three of the last four years, including on a unanimous basis in 2017 as a highlight of a 12-3-2 season.
“My wife and I are excited to come home, not only to Notre Dame, but to the South Bend community,” said Riley. “This is our home and we look forward to getting back involved with this wonderful community. I would like to thank Fr. John Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick and Beth Hunter for their trust in me as the next leader of this special program.”
Dartmouth’s four consecutive league titles mark the first time that happened in the Ivy League in 32 years. Riley’s 2014 and 2015 campaigns accounted for the first back-to-back 12-win seasons in Big Green history, and his teams’ 45 combined victories over the last four seasons are a high-water mark for Dartmouth men’s soccer.
Riley has been part of NCAA Championship competition in 13 seasons—each of the last four years while head coach at Dartmouth, once as a St. John’s assistant coach, five times as an Irish assistant coach and each of his last three seasons as a player at Notre Dame. His Big Green teams won first-round NCAA Championship games in 2014 (Fordham), 2015 (Hartwick) and 2016 (St. Francis Brooklyn) and earned the number-15 NCAA national seed in 2017.
“This opportunity combines everything for me, to be a part of the best University in the world, to work with amazing students and to build a program that will compete for championships every year,” said Riley.