Pittsburgh Riverhounds Hire Mark Steffens As New Head Coach


The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Wednesday the hiring of Richard Nightingale as team president and former Charlotte Eagles coach Mark Steffens as the team’s new head coach.

Nightingale will begin his role as president immediately. He will oversee the operations of both the Riverhounds and Highmark Stadium.

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Steffens, 61, has 18 years of coaching experience in the USL Pro, having reached eight championship finals and claimed two USL trophies twice with the Eagles. He was Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008, and was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Meanwhile, Hounds defender Niko Katic, who served as interim head coach of the pro team in 2014, will serve as assistant coach on the pro team in 2015. He also remains as a youth coach in the Riverhounds Academy.

Pittsburgh closed out the 2014 season in 11th place with a record of 9-14-5 and 32 points, just five points back from USL PRO finalists, the Harrisburg City Islanders.

From The Clipboard: The Riverhounds will conduct Open Tryouts for the 2015 season. They will be held Jan. 29-31 and are open to eligible collegiate players, free agents, and amateur players seeking a professional contract to further their careers.