CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College Director of Athletics Thad Moore has announced the hiring of Tom Reilly, winner of 446 high school soccer games and an inductee into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as the College's new head women's soccer coach.
"We couldn't be happier to welcome Tom as our next women's soccer coach," Moore remarked. "He has a wealth of experience as a winning coach and his knowledge of soccer is tremendous. His passion for the sport and desire to build a program became evident during the interview process and we felt he is a perfect fit for our department and our women's soccer team."
"I would like to thank Thad Moore and the entire search committee for the opportunity to coach the Washington College women's soccer team," Reilly remarked. "It is an honor to be able to represent such a wonderful academic institution as Washington College. We can offer our student-athletes an excellent education as well as a great college soccer career. The intimate campus setting coupled with state-of-the-art athletic facilities make a tremendous combination that allows our athletes to enjoy a first-class college experience. The Centennial Conference is one of the toughest in the nation. We aim to raise the profile of Shorewomen soccer within the Conference and compete with the best. Our team boasted the second-highest grade-point average in the nation for NCAA Division III programs last year and we will look to maintain those high academic standards."
Reilly spent 32 seasons as the head boys varsity soccer coach at Ocean Township High School in New Jersey, piling up a record of 405-188-43 before retiring as both coach and a Health and Physical Education teacher in January. During that time, he also spent three seasons as the head girls varsity soccer coach at Brick Memorial High School, posting a 41-9-5 record.
As a high school head coach, Reilly won 11 Division Championships, four Shore Conference Tournament Championships, five Central Jersey Group III Championships, and one New Jersey Group III Championship. A multiple time Conference Coach of the Year, Reilly was also named the State of New Jersey Coach of the Year in 1995 and the Central Jersey Coach of the Year in 2001. He was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Reilly's three decades of soccer coaching has also included 12 years as a club coach for the Brick Town Soccer Association Titans (1996-2004) and New Jersey United (2004-08). He coached the latter club to the U.S. Club Soccer State Cup Final in 2008.
Since 1991, Reilly has also been owner and Director of Coaching for Coerver Coaching. He has held his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" Coaching License since 1991 and has attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention annually since 1989.
Reilly enjoyed a long and outstanding playing career on the pitch, playing competitively in the Garden State Men's League from 1985 until 2013. He was a four-year varsity player at the University of South Carolina from 1979 through 1982, leading the team in goals (11) and total points (25) in 1981. He still ranks among the Gamecocks' top 15 all-time leading goal scorers with 23 career goals. As a high-school player at Brick Town High School, he scored a school-record 58 goals and earned first-team All-State honors. He was named to the Asbury Park Press All-Decade Team for the 1970s.
Reilly earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from South Carolina in 1983.
"My assistant coach, Julia Kantor, and I are already looking ahead to next year and will be working hard throughout our spring season to get the players acclimated to our way of training and playing," adds Reilly. "There is a great amount of energy and positivity surrounding the team and the entire athletic department. I am really excited to be able to play a part of the Washington College athletic tradition and work with such dedicated young women."
Reilly's official start date is April 1st.