With the start of the United Women’s Soccer season just weeks away, a familiar face will be on the sidelines for the Long Island Rough Riders.
The team on Monday announced that Steve Cadet will return as the women’s team head coach for the 2017 campaign. Soon to begin his seventh season with the team, Long Island went 4-3-3 in its first season in UWS in 2016, finishing third in the Eastern Conference.
“Retaining Steve as our women’s head coach is a welcomed sight for our club since he has been involved with the Rough Riders for a number of years as a player and coach,” said Flavio Ferri, Long Island’s general manager in a press release. “We are anticipating another successful season in UWS with Steve leading the charge.”
Prior to joining the Rough Riders, Cadet was an assistant women’s soccer coach at Hofstra University and Adelphi University, helping lead the Panthers to the 1997 NCAA quarterfinals. As a player, Cadet was part of the Rough Riders’ national championship-winning teams in 1997 and 2002. He was inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame in 2016.
“I am honored to be back to coach such a storied franchise,” Cadet said. “We were a young team last year and hopefully the experience we gained in so many close games will pay dividends during the 2017 season. Our goal is to make a return to the playoffs and compete for a UWS Championship.”
Cadet’s team begins the 2017 season on Saturday, May 13, at 5 p.m. at home against Western New York Flash.