Dartmouth Men’s Soccer Coach Departs for Notre Dame

  • Dartmouth men's soccer coach Chad Riley is reportedly leaving the school to take the same post at Notre Dame. (Dartmouth College photograph)

Friday, January 05, 2018

Hanover — Chad Riley is going home.

The highly successful five-year head coach of the Dartmouth College men’s soccer program was named on Friday to take over the same position at his alma mater, Notre Dame. Riley, who played his college soccer at and graduated from Notre Dame in 2004, takes over for Bobby Clark, the one-time Dartmouth mentor who retired from the college ranks in November after 17 seasons with the Fighting Irish.

Riley went 51-26-14 in five seasons in Hanover, moving up from assistant to head coach in 2013.

The Big Green won four straight Ivy League championships and made four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament’s second round under Riley, who was three times chosen the Ivy League’s coach of the year, including this past season.

Dartmouth recorded a 12-3-2 mark in Riley’s final campaign.

“My wife and I are excited to come home, not only to Notre Dame, but to the South Bend community,” Riley said in a Notre Dame news release.

“This is our home, and we look forward to getting back involved with this wonderful community.”

A native of Houston, Riley handled the midfield during his four-year Notre Dame playing career, scoring 10 goals with 32 assists. He led the Irish in assists three times and remains second in program history in helpers.

Riley worked as an assistant coach at Oberlin, St. John’s and — for six years — Notre Dame under Clark before coming to Hanover in 2012.

The Dartmouth head coaching job he held is endowed in Clark’s name.

“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,” Riley said in the release.

Notre Dame was 11-7-2 last season, dropping a 1-0 overtime decision to Wisconsin in the NCAA second round.

— Greg Fennell