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Sources: Niagara hires Albany's Boyle to fill coaching vacancy

The Niagara University men's soccer team has hired former University at Albany assistant Bill Boyle as the Purple Eagles' new head coach, multiple sources confirmed Monday.

Boyle has been a Division I assistant coach for the last five seasons -- three with Colgate University under Erik Ronning (20-27-14 record) and two with Albany under Trevor Gorman (14-17-7 record). In 2015, the Great Danes finished 10-8-1 overall and sealed the No. 1 seed in the America East before getting upset in the conference semifinals.

Boyle's most recent college head coaching experience was with Division III school Olivet College, in Michigan, from 2005-08.

As a player, Boyle was a high school star in Michigan before playing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. After school, Boyle had stints with the Detroit Dynamite and Cincinnati Riverhawks of the USISL's Premier Development League.

While coaching at Colgate and Albany, Boyle worked with familiar names like former FC Buffalo players Mike Reidy, Matt Schuber, Anthony Rozzano and Jordan DiLapo.

The coaching vacancy was left by Eric Barnes, who'd guided Niagara for the last three seasons before the university did not renew his contract in November 2015.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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