Riley Named Best Coach In NWSL

Riley, NWSL
Paul Riley. Photo: Andy Mead/

For the second consecutive year, Paul Riley has been named the NWSL Coach of the Year. The honor comes just days after he and the North Carolina Courage capped their record-setting season by capturing the NWSL Championship.

Armed with a team full of stars including Rockville Centre’s Crystal Dunn, Riley led the Courage, the NWSL Shield winners, to several NWSL regular season records including wins (17), points (57), fewest losses (1), most goals scored (53) and fewest goals allowed (17).

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The Courage started out the regular season at 9-0-3, and finished with an 8-0-3 run, with its only loss to Utah Royals FC. North Carolina went on to win the 2018 NWSL Championship, 3-0 over Portland Thorns FC. In addition, the team also beat Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon to win the inaugural International Champions Cup.

In voting from fans, media, clubs and players, Riley finished ahead of Seattle Reign head coach Vlatko Andonovski and Portland Thorns boss Mark Parsons.

In addition, to coaching in the NWSL with the Courage, Western NY Flash and Portland Thorns, Riley has strong connections to the Long Island soccer community. A native of Liverpool, England, he is the director of coaching of the Albertson Fury and Academy, served as the head coach at C.W. Post, coached with the Long Island Rough Riders and Long Island Fury.