Impact hire Lilley as head coach

The Montreal Impact have a new Lilley of the field.

Bob Lilley was named head coach of the Impact on Wednesday, signing a two-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lilley comes to Montreal via Hershey, Penn., where he was head coach of the now-defunct Wildcats.

"I look forward to working with people like (assistant coach) Nick DeSantis and (chief operating officer) Nick Filippone as well as the Impact staff," Lilley said. "The dealings I had with the club while I was considering the position were first-class.

"I felt comfortable that I could go in and help Montreal get back to an elite level."

"It doesn't happen every day that such a qualified candidate is available," Fillipone added. "Bob has all the qualities we're looking for and more.

"He has extensive experience of soccer at a high level, both as a player and a coach. He knows how to deal with the constraints of North American soccer -- with so many games in such a short time span -- and he likes to play an attractive, attacking style of soccer."

Lilley was the one and only head coach for Hershey, which joined the A-League in 1997, and led them to the playoffs each year of their brief existence.

He compiled a 102-57-7 record in five seasons with the Wildcats, winning A-League coach of the year honours in his rookie season.

Lilley guided Hershey to one Northern Conference and three Atlantic Division titles as well as the 2001 A-League National Championship final, which it lost 2-0 to the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

"Bob Lilley is an excellent soccer coach," Wildcats executive Todd Pagliarulo said.

Lilley, a midfielder in his playing days, spent three seasons with the Hershey Impact and six more with the Harrisburg Hat of the indoor National Professional Soccer League.

He also played for the Orlando Lions and Maryland Bays of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League and the Pittsburgh Stingers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.