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Reilly hired has new Becahi soccer coach

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic hopes Mike Reilly can give their boys’ soccer program a needed kick-start, just like he did during his two-year tenure at Notre Dame.

Reilly was officially hired to take over the program last week, coming from across town with the Crusaders, where he helped the program win back-to-back District 11 2A titles for the first time in school history.

He compiled a 36-11-1 record in his first two years as a varsity coach in the Colonial League, reaching the Colonial League championship in 2017 and the PIAA quarterfinals the past two seasons.

Taking over at Becahi will be a much different task, however, as the Hawks finished last year 2-15 and haven’t won more than six games in a season over the past five years.

They’ll also have to deal with a difficult East Penn Conference Steel Division featuring District 11 4A champion Freedom, along with the likes of Liberty, Easton and Allen.

“I think the biggest challenge moving into the EPC is the schools become a lot bigger,” said Reilly. “I will have my work cut out for me as BC is a small school compared to the teams we play. This will be a great challenge for me and my assistant and the fact that we play a different formation and style than most teams will be a huge hurdle this year but we are up for it. We took Notre Dame who never had a district title and won back-to-back district titles. We are hoping to bring BC the same results.”

Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan hopes that Reilly can turn the program around.

“Mike Reilly will be an excellent fit at Becahi because he has the kind of character and charisma necessary for our coaches to be successful, to go along with the recipe for winning,” Domyan said. “Every athletic program is important at Becahi, and this hire will definitely catapult our soccer program in the right direction.”

Reilly is the President of Forks Soccer Club and had built a strong Notre Dame side in his short tenure, but felt it was the right time to make a switch.

“The reason I switched from Notre Dame to Bethlehem Catholic is that Becahi wants to build a strong soccer program,” said Reilly. “They have made this clear to me and seeing what I was able to do in two years with that program they made me an offer hard to refuse. BC realizes that I can build something special for them and were willing to invest in it.”