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Independence boss named Coach of the Year

Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley has been named the WPS Coach of the Year.

Riley  led the expansion team to a third place finish in the regular season with a 10–10–4 record. The Independence face Washington Freedom in the first round of the WPD playoffs this Sunday.

Independence General Manager, Louise Waxler, said,

“Paul has created a training environment and team culture that challenges his players to be the best, nurtures their ability, and brings them together with a common vision for success. His willingness to put in the extra time, his understanding and passion for the game, and his commitment to his players is truly unparalleled. There is no one more deserving of WPS Coach of the Year than Paul Riley, and we are so grateful for everything he has done for the Independence this season.”

Riley was named one of two WPS All Star coaches for 2010 earlier in the season.

“There are few coaches who have achieved the level of success that Paul has this season” said Waxler. “He certainly deserves the Coach of the Year honor in our book, and we’re thrilled that he is being recognized for his accomplishments.”

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Independence

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