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Richard Nuttall
Position: Head Coach
Phone: (516)463-6762
Email: richard.m.nuttall@hofstra.edu
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Nuttall Videos

Richard Nuttall, a former professional soccer player in England and a former member of the Long Island Rough Riders, is entering his 26th season as Hofstra University Head Soccer Coach in 2014. Nuttall has guided the Pride to a 226-203-54 record in transforming the program into one of the most competitive in the Northeast.

Nuttall, who is the winningest coach in program history, has led his team to a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament appearance in three of the last four seasons. He has led Hofstra to double-digit win totals in four of the last 10 seasons and has posted a winning season in four of the last five years.

Under Nuttall’s tutelage, Shaun Foster earned Third Team All-America honors from the NSCAA, making him the third player in program history to be honored. Two of those players – Foster and Michael Todd— have played for Nuttall.

In 2014, Chris Griebsch earned CAA Player of the Year honors while also setting Hofstra’s career assist record. Griebsch was the second player to win the league’s Player of the Year award under Nuttall, joining Michael Todd, who accomplished the feat in 2006. Academically, Hofstra also earned recognition from the NSCAA for a College Team Academic award for 2012-13 by having the team post a collective 3.17 grade-point-average.

Nuttall picked up his 200th career win in dramatic fashion, as Hofstra defeated VCU 2-1 in the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association semifinals on a penalty kick with five seconds left in regulation. That victory enabled Hofstra to reach the CAA title game for the fourth time in the last seven years. Hofstra would make its fifth appearance in the CAA championship game in 2012 before falling to Northeastern in double overtime.

Prior to his arrival in Hempstead, the soccer program had posted five losing seasons in nine years, including a 3-9-6 season in 1988. Nuttall's teams have finished .500 or better in his 17 seasons, including a streak of seven straight at one point – a remarkable feat considering that Hofstra has been in three conferences (East Coast, America East, CAA) during that time, each more competitive than the last. In addition, Hofstra Soccer players have flourished under Nuttall’s guidance, as several are either playing professionally or are members of their respective national teams.

Hofstra finished with an 8-7-2 record and a 6-3-2 mark in conference games in 2009 and featured four All-CAA performers, including Defensive Player of the Year Richard Martinez, who is also a member of the Puerto Rico national team. 

The Pride reached the CAA Tournament in 2008 after a one-year hiatus with a respectable 5-3-3 record in league play. The 2007 season was a bit of a rebuilding year, though Nuttall kept his squad in contention for a CAA playoff berth until late in the year and finished with a 6-5 mark in league play. The Pride was especially tough at home, compiling a 6-2-1 record at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. 

In 2006, Nuttall led Hofstra to its third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championship and NCAA Division I Tournament berth, making Hofstra one of only three schools in the nation with three straight conference titles from 2004-06 (joining Western Illinois and New Mexico). The Pride finished the 2006 campaign with a 12-6-3 record, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 home win over Providence in front of 1,450 fans at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

The Pride finished the 2005 season with a 14-5-3 record, tying for the most wins in school history at the Division I level, while also earning its highest ranking in school history at #13 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Hofstra earned its CAA championship with a 1-0 win over #7 Old Dominion in the championship game, the highest ranked team that the Pride has ever defeated. Nuttall was one of eight coaches to earn Regional Coach of the Year honors from the NSCAA.

During the 2004 campaign, Nuttall guided the Pride to one of their most memorable seasons in school history. After an up-and-down regular season, Hofstra rallied to win the Colonial Athletic Association championship with a dramatic postseason run, outscoring their three opponents (all of which were nationally ranked) by a combined 4-0. Hofstra then went on to receive its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament berth and defeated nationally-ranked Seton Hall 2-1 in the opening round, before finally seeing its run finally end with a loss at third-seeded Maryland. That loss snapped a six-game win streak, with five of those six wins coming against teams that were nationally ranked.

The 1997 campaign saw Nuttall lead the Flying Dutchmen to a 14-4-3 record, including a 9-0 mark in America East play. The team was the top seed in the postseason tournament, but lost a close game to defending champion Boston University in the finals. Despite that loss, Hofstra was still considered for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Nuttall was named Division I Coach of the Year in Region II by the NSCAA.

In 1999 Nuttall led Hofstra to an early season national ranking, before finishing with a 9-9 record. 2000 saw Nuttall lead the Pride back to the America East Championship game, a 2-1 overtime loss to Vermont, and an 11-6-3 overall record. In 2001, Hofstra's last season in the America East Conference, Nuttall led his team to a 9-9-1 record and a berth in the America East Tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Nuttall, a native of South Yorkshire, England, played with Leeds United and Stoke City of the English Football League. He graduated from the Carnegie School (College) of Physical Education in West Yorkshire in 1984.  It was during this time that Nuttall received his Football Association coaching certificates.

Nuttall, who moved to Long Island permanently in 1988 after spending summers in the United States since 1983, taught physical education at North Shore High School. He is also a partner in the highly successful Pro Excel summer soccer camp on Long Island and is active in working with many Long Island communities.
 
Nuttall and his wife, Christine, reside in New Hyde Park, New York, with their three children, Jack, Caroline, and Grace.

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