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Simon Riddiough
Position: Head Coach
Phone: (516)463-3685
Email: simon.riddiough@hofstra.edu
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Simon Riddiough is entering his ninth season as the Hofstra Women's Soccer Head Coach in 2014. He was named the second head coach in the history of the program when he was promoted to the position following JoAnne Russell's retirement at the conclusion of the 2005 season.


Since taking over the head coaching responsibilities, Riddiough has not had a losing season and has guided Hofstra to two Colonial Athletic Association championships, capturing the title in 2007 and 2012 while leading the Pride to the league's title game in 2008 and 2010.

Riddiough's career record is 98-52-13 in his eight years for an average of more than 12 wins per season. He has won double-digit games in every season since 2007.

Hofstra made its third NCAA Tournament appearance under Riddiough in 2012, going 11-9-2 with a dramatic playoff run that saw the Pride advance through the first two rounds on penalty kicks before defeating UNC Wilmington in double overtime to win the CAA championship.

Under Riddiough, Hofstra has qualified for seven straight CAA Tournaments. The Pride is 6-5-3 in CAA Tournament matches with Riddiough at the helm. Hofstra has won at least one conference tournament game in three of the last four seasons.

In 2010, Riddiough led Hofstra to the most successful season in school history (19-3). The Pride set a school record with 19 wins and went 11-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association to become the first team to go undefeated and untied in CAA play since 1998. The squad won a school-record 18 straight games. Hofstra advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over Connecticut, its second NCAA win in program history, and Riddiough was named the CAA Coach of the Year and the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 

The 2007 season was another landmark campaign for the program. Hofstra finished with an 18-4 record, setting what was then a school record (that was passed in 2010). Hofstra won the CAA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round, defeating Ohio State, 1-0, in the first round and taking regional top seed Penn State into overtime before falling. He was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.



In between the two historic seasons, Riddiough led Hofstra to an 11-8-3 record in 2008, including a return trip to the CAA finals (where the Pride lost, 1-0, in double-overtime). He also guided the pride to another successful season in 2009, finishing 10-6-3, including 7-2-2 in conference play.

Riddiough has been a member of the Hofstra Women's Soccer staff for 18 years, including the previous four as an associate head coach prior to his promotion to the head coaching position. Riddiough joined the coaching ranks in 1996 after spending two years as a graduate assistant in the Hofstra Sports Facilities Department, pursuing a master's degree in counseling.



Riddiough, a 1994 Hofstra graduate with a degree in physical education, was a four-year letterman and captain on the Flying Dutchmen soccer team from 1990 through 1994. He was an All-New York Region performer in 1993 and 1994, and an All-East Coast Conference pick in 1993. Riddiough was also a member of the all-region academic squad. In his Hofstra career he recorded 13 goals and 15 assists.



A hard-nosed defender as a player, Riddiough has helped develop the Hofstra Women's Soccer program into one of the top defensive teams in the nation during his tenure. The Pride ranked third in the nation in team defense in 2003 (0.45 goals per game), while tying for the fewest goals allowed in the entire country (nine), and also ranked 16th in the nation in 2002 (0.69 goals per game). In 2005, Hofstra allowed only three goals in 11 conference games on its way to winning the CAA championship and earning its first-ever NCAA Division I tournament appearance. In 2007, Hofstra set a school record with 12 shutouts, including seven straight clean sheets.



Riddiough played with the Greek American Atlas from 1995 through 1997 and won a USYSA Region I championship with the club. He also appeared in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup with the Greek American Atlas. In 1998 and 1999, Riddiough played with the New York Freedoms of the United Soccer League and played on the 1999 PDL Northeast Division championship squad that placed third in the nation. In 2001 Riddiough played with the Long Island Rough Riders of the A-League.


In addition to his playing experience, Riddiough has been a head coach for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Girls Under-17 team, which serves as part of the New York Olympic Development Program (ODP), since 2000. In 2005 he helped coach the team to the ODP National Championship. He also previously coached several Long Island Select teams from 1996 to 1999 and served as a director for Noga Soccer Camps since 1991. In June 1992 he coached the New Hyde Park Girls Under-19 club to the New York State championship.



Riddiough, a native of Barnsley, England, and his wife, Heather, a former two-sport athlete at Hofstra, reside in Massapequa Park, New York, with their two sons, Kain and Cole, and daughter, Quinn.

 

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