Now, Book is turning the page to the next chapter of his soccer life as the newly named head coach of Adelphi’s men’s soccer program.
“The program has a rich tradition of success, and I am proud to follow in the steps of Mel Less, Bob Montgomery and Carlo Acquista,” said Book, who becomes the ninth person to hold the university’s men’s soccer head coaching position. “I am extremely excited to be a part of furthering that incredible heritage of accomplishment both on and off of the field.”
He joins Adelphi from Hofstra where he spent the past 13 seasons as both an assistant and associate head coach for the men’s soccer team. Prior to his tenure on Hempstead Turnpike, he was an assistant coach with St. John’s from 1992-2004.
While with the Pride, Book’s teams won four Colonial Athletic Association tournament titles and three regular season championships. These teams posted a record of .500 or better in 10 seasons, including six consecutive, with Hofstra holding a 120-94-37 record since Book joined the staff in 2005, which also included three NCAA Tournament berths.
At St. John’s, Book was an assistant coach on the 1996 squad that captured the first national championship in Red Storm history in any sport. His teams also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all 13 seasons with nine appearances in the Sweet 16 and three Final Fours. In addition, St. John’s captured five Big East regular-season championships and six Big East Tournament titles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gary Book as our next head coach to the Adelphi soccer family,” said Danny McCabe, Adelphi’s athletic director. “Gary has dedicated his life to the game of soccer and over the past several years, he has done that right here in the New York metropolitan community. He has a great knowledge of the game to go along with a stellar reputation as a teacher and leader. Gary shares our goal of providing the best possible experience for our student-athletes.”
Book graduated from the University of Winchester in Hampshire, England with a bachelor’s of education with honors in human development and coaching. He has also served as a staff coach with the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA, now United Soccer Coaches), the technical director of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, and the director of the Olympic Development Program of Eastern New York.