Riverhounds add Mark Pulisic as assistant coach

Posted on Jan 5 2018 - 3:42pm by Rachael McKriger
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The Pulisic name is widely familiar throughout the United States, thanks to Christian Pulisic.

The 19-year-old has made his mark on the United States Men’s National Team and German Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund.

Now, Pulisic’s first teacher is on the staff of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The club announced Friday afternoon that Mark Pulisic — Christian’s father — will serve as an assistant coach. He coached alongside Bob Lilley last year with the Rochester Rhinos.

The two have a history spanning back to the late 1980s, when they were teammates at George Mason University.

“After entertaining a few other coaching opportunities for the upcoming season, knowing what Bob brings to a club, and deciding where I would feel most comfortable, Pittsburgh seems like the perfect fit,” Pulisic said. “I look forward to helping the Riverhounds find success in 2018, as Bob and I strive to bring a championship to the city.”

Pulisic featured as a forward for the Harrisburg Heat, an indoor soccer club that competed in the National Professional Soccer League, from 1991-99. He amassed 296 appearances, and was a teammate of Lilley’s from 1992-97.

“Mark will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff,” Lilley said. “He also understands all the small details that are necessary on and off the field that help players develop and teams be successful. We are very fortunate to have him join us in Pittsburgh for the 2018 season.”

Pulisic began his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant coach for the Lebanon Valley College men’s soccer team, staying in the position until 2005. He also began coaching the women’s team in 1996 until 2005.

Pulisic took his coaching talents to the Harrisburg City Islanders from 2003-04 as an assistant. He took a head coaching role with the Detroit Ignition from 2006-07.

When his son signed with Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic began coaching the academy, from 2015-17. After his time with Dortmund, Pulisic joined the Rhinos as Lilley’s assistant.

In addition to Pulisic, Lilley announced that assistant Dan Visser and goalkeeper coach Hunter Gilstrap would return.

“I’m very happy to welcome back Dan and Hunter to the staff for this season,” Lilley said. “Both are talented individuals and provide a level of continuity from last year’s squad to this year’s. Alongside Mark, I feel this group gives us the best chance of success in 2018.”

The Riverhounds announced that preseason preparations will begin on Feb. 5.

Currently, the Riverhounds have 10 players on their roster, including: Romeo Parkes, Kay Banjo, Chevaughn Walsh, Kenardo Forbes, Kevin Kerr, Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Raymond Lee, Dan Lynd and Christiano François.

Photo of Mark Pulisic courtesy of Emily Byrne/Rochester Rhinos.

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