Hempstead, N.Y. -  Graham Radcliffe was named the new assistant coach for the men's soccer program, Hofstra head coach Richard Nuttall announced today.

Radcliffe, a former Hofstra player who graduated in 1989, returns to his alma mater after spending the last 20 years as the head boys varsity soccer coach in the Island Trees school district. Radcliffe replaces Jonathan Adams, who stepped down from the position last month.

"Graham has been a tremendously successful high school coach and we're excited to bring someone of his experience into our program," Nuttall said. "We're thrilled to add a proven winner who knows Long Island, and his connection to Hofstra as a former student-athlete makes him a great addition to our staff."

Radcliffe comes to Hofstra after earning numerous awards in a high school coaching career that spanned three decades. A five-time league coach of the year, Radcliffe led Island Trees to league championships in 1995, 1997, 2004, 2010 and 2011. He also guided the team to a Nassau County League championship in 1997 and five finishes as a Nassau County Finalist from 1996-97, 2004, 2010 and 2011. For his efforts, he was named the 2011 Nassau County "Paul LeSeur" Coach of the Year.

Radcliffe, a defender in his playing days with the then-Flying Dutchmen, played in 15 of Hofstra's 16 games in 1987, registering two assists and two shots.

Off the field, Radcliffe served as a middle school counselor for the Island Trees school district from 1992-2009 before serving as a high school counselor in the same district for the last three years.

Radcliffe's father, Dr. Dennis Radcliffe, is a professor in the geology department at Hofstra.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology and education, Graham Radcliffe also received his master's degree in education with a specialization in counseling from Hofstra in 1992 along with a second master's in school district administration from Touro College in 2007.