The University of Louisville adds to their coaching staff.
University of Louisville Rugby is happy to announce that they have another top class addition to their coaching unit.
Patrick OReilly, former President and Sevens Team Manager of the Chicago
Lions, will be joining the Cards as manager and assistant coach.
OReilly was the President for the Chicago Lions from 2011 – 2014 and as team manager led the
Lions Sevens Squad to numerous National Championship appearances until his departure from
the club in 2018.
His ability to help develop quality players, organizing,and maintaining an
advanced program that delivers results was a key to his success with the Lions.
The Cards are looking forward to working with him and cite his passion for developing the
program and fostering the growth of youth rugby and junior players as a key strength.
When asked how OReilly plans to make an impact, he said:
“One way I would like to make an impact is bringing a higher level of expectation. Using
Baptist Performance Training Center is a perfect example of how we are trying to get U of L
to the next level. Emil and Frank (coaches) with the help of the facility want to grow the game
in the Louisville community by creating a U of L women’s side, a youth program, and potentially,
a high performance high school team pulling from local talent such as “st x” & trinity as well as
other programs to form a powerhouse team.”
OReilly certainly isnt going into Louisville hoping for mediocrity. His winning experience with
top Club team, Chicago Lions, will play a major role here in an already strongly developing Louisville team who
finished 2nd in the MAC 7s Playoffs last year. Truthfully, OReilly is coming in at the perfect time.
His knowledge of the game should help sharpen the Cards.
“We do our homework in selecting the right fit for our program and players and Patrick definitely
fits the mold. Patrick will bring a lot of experience to the table, not only in developing UofL but
also to help build and maintain a youth program here in Kentucky. We are excited to have him
be part of our unit and we hope that his time with us will be as successful as with the Chicago
Lions” – Head Coach of Louisville, Emil Walton