LEWISBURG, Pa. – Riley Piechnick, a former Patriot League student-athlete who has spent the last two years on the coaching staff at Gettysburg College, has been named an assistant coach with the Bucknell women’s soccer team, head coach Kelly Cook announced.
Piechnick is a 2016 graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where she was a Dean’s List student while majoring in business administration with a specialization in marketing. Piechnick was also a three-year starting defender for the Greyhounds. She helped Loyola to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2012, before the Greyhounds moved into the Patriot League the following season. In 2015, she was part of a Loyola squad that advanced to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Piechnick was a four-time selection to the Patriot League or MAAC Academic Honor Roll, and she was also inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. In addition, she was a four-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member.
Piechnick entered the coaching ranks at Gettysburg in the fall of 2016, working under successful head coach Matt Garrett. This past season, the Bullets posted a 9-7-2 record, including a 6-4-0 mark in the Centennial Conference. Piechnick also coached with the Alliance Soccer Club out of Frederick, Md. She has extensive experience as a camp coach, including a stint at Bucknell’s Go Herd Soccer Camp last summer.
“I am very excited to welcome Riley to our Bucknell Women’s Soccer family,” said Cook. “Riley will be a tremendous asset to the program. She brings great energy, and her experience as a college assistant coach and former Patriot League student-athlete will be very valuable to our staff and team. I look forward to seeing the positive impact she will make on the lives of our student-athletes as well as the greater Bucknell community.”
Piechnick succeeds Leigh Howard, who was recently named head coach at Marist. She will join a Bucknell program that has captured the last two Patriot League championships and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.