Paul Riley hopes to have the Courage vying for the NWSL title. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Long Island resident Paul Riley reportedly will return to coach the North Carolina Courage in 2018.

Neil Morris of WRAL Sports Fan said the National Women’s Soccer League coach of the year will helm last season’s Supporters Shield champions.

North Carolina reached the NWSL final, losing to the Portland Thorns, 1-0.

Riley was out of contract after the 2017 season, after directing the Western New York Flash to the 2016 NWSL championship. The Flash moved to North Carolina prior to the 2017.

No terms of Riley’s contract were known, Morris said.