Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Staples Soccer


Russell Oost-Lievense, Reilly Lynch To Coach Reserves

After 3 years as Staples’ reserves coach, Nicky Hoberman is moving to a new job in Virginia.

But the Wreckers’ soccer program will not miss a beat. After 2 years with the freshmen, Russell Oost-Lievense becomes head coach of the reserves. He’ll be assisted by Reilly Lynch, who worked with Oose-Lievense at the freshman level last year.

After serving as Staples’ tri-captain in 2007 Oost-Lievense played at Hartwick College, and majored in English and special education. He became an assistant coach at Hartwick, and also coached in the Oneonta, New York youth program. He spent several summers running a camp on Cape Cod. Russell was most recently a special education teacher in Darien. He is pursuing coaching certification at high levels, and plans on being a career soccer coach too.

Lynch began playing soccer at age 4. He was a 2-year captain of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School team, earning All-State honors as a senior. At the University of Connecticut he helped found a 2nd club team, which qualified for the regional tournament in its inaugural season. He served as JV and assistant varsity coach at Somers High in 2015, winning a class “S” state championship. He is an English teacher at Staples High School.

Both coaches are excited to work with some former freshmen this fall, as well as returning reserves. Woog shared their enthusiasm.

“It’s always great to have former players coach in our program, and to have teachers in the building involved as well,” the head coach said. “Russell knows our Staples soccer inside and out, and Reilly quickly learned what it’s all about. They work very well together. They have great soccer knowledge, and love helping develop the next generation of varsity players. This is a grand slam for us.”

Woog praised Hoberman — also a Staples graduate, who helped lead the Wreckers to the 2006 state finals — for his work with the reserves. “Nicky brought a tough, no-nonsense attitude to his teams. At the same time he cared deeply about each player, and made sure they developed individually and within the team. He was a key member of our staff, and we will certainly miss him.”

Russell Oost-Lievense

Reilly Lynch


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