Gene Reilly, who recently completed his second season as a professional scout with the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has agreed to join the Colorado College hockey coaching staff, Head Coach Mike Haviland announced today.
“Gene will be a great addition to our staff,” Haviland said. “I have known Gene for over 25 years. He’s a great teacher and pays attention to the details of every aspect of the game.
“Gene will bring a winning tradition with him, along with his passion and enthusiasm for coaching. Gene has proven throughout his career in coaching that he has an impeccable work ethic and I am proud to have him working alongside me.”
Just like his new boss, Reilly played at Elmira College and has experience at nearly every level of professional hockey.
“The most important thing for me is to be with quality people,” Reilly said, “and Mike is a quality person with a winning track record.”
“I really enjoyed my time in Carolina and the wonderful people who I worked with in the pro scouting staff.”
After playing two seasons in Sweden, Reilly launched his coaching career as an assistant with the Springfield Olympics of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Working alongside Head Coach Gary Dineen, he tutored future NHL stars such as Bill Guerin, Scott Lachance, and Chris Clark.
Reilly began a three-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Maine in 1998, helping the Black Bears capture the 1999 NCAA Division I national championship under legendary head coach Shawn Walsh. He also served as interim head coach at the start of the 1999-2000 campaign when Walsh was undergoing medical treatments.
In 2001, Reilly departed for the American Hockey League (AHL) where he spent two seasons in the Ottawa Senators organization in Grand Rapids and Binghamton.
Reilly returned to the college game as an assistant coach at Harvard (2003-04) and helped guide the Crimson to an ECAC championship. The following year, he moved to the other side of the Charles River to spend four seasons at Northeastern University (2004-08).
“Returning to the college game was always in the back of my mind, but you keep everything open,” Reilly said.
“This profession can be so volatile, so I tried to have a very diversified background from scouting, to coaching and recruiting. My path was created purposely so I could fill any type of role in any organization.”
Reilly’s hockey pedigree includes international experience as a coach and director of player development with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League. During his four seasons in Salzburg, Red Bull won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as the European Trophy in 2011.
“Gene won a national championship while at the University of Maine and coached at Harvard and Northeastern,” Haviland said. “He understands the challenges of playing hockey while getting a great education, and that will certainly transfer to Colorado College.”