College Hockey:
Reilly Stays at Northeastern

— Northeastern today announced that it will retain men’s assistant hockey coach Gene Reilly for the 2005-06 season. Reilly was a member of Bruce Crowder’s staff last season. The university announced it would not renew Crowder’s contract in mid March.

Reilly now becomes an assistant on the staff of incoming coach Greg Cronin. In essence it seemed obvious from the beginning that Reilly would remain at Northeastern, having coached as an assistant with Cronin under the late Shawn Walsh at Maine.

“Gene Reilly is a dynamic individual who is capable of performing Several important roles within the program,” said Cronin. “He is a proven Recruiter and his knowledge of the game is outstanding as evident in his contributions to a national championship at the University of Maine in 1999.”

Besides Maine and Northeastern, Reilly has also been an assistant at Harvard and spent two years coaching in the Ottawa Senators minor league organization.

There is no word whether Northeastern’s other assistants, Bruce Racine, a Northeastern alum, and R.J. Tolan will also be retained.

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