Former Hofstra Star Returns As Asst. Coach

Photo courtesy of Hofstra Univ.
Photo courtesy of Hofstra Univ.
Photo courtesy of Hofstra Univ.

A former Hofstra University women’s soccer star is returning to the school to serve as an assistant coach on the team.

Former Pride goalkeeper Emily Morphitis joins Hofstra after two seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. During her two seasons at NSU, Morphitis oversaw an improvement in the Demons goalkeepers. The team had a drop in team goals against average from 2.24 in 2014 to 1.42 this past season.

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“I am very happy to welcome Emily back to the Hofstra family,” said Simon Riddiough, head coach of Hofstra’s women’s soccer team. “She was an outstanding player for us and has done a great job working with the goalkeepers at Northwestern State during her tenure there. I look forward to her working with our student-athletes here at Hofstra.”

In addition to working with the goalkeepers at Northwestern State, Morphitis also had several other duties. They included assisting in recruiting student-athletes and scouting opponents, and was in charge of Northwestern State’s soccer camps and clinics. She also taught four classes at Northwestern State in the department of health and human performance.

As a goalkeeper for the Pride from 2010 to 2013, Morphitis posted a 32-20-3 record in 70 career games (54 starts). She compiled 169 saves and a 1.25 goals against average during her four seasons and helped Hofstra to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2012. Morphitis, a two-time All-CAA Championship selection, was the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2012 and was a CAA All-Rookie selection in 2010.

Before coming to Hofstra, Morphitis played club soccer for the Chelsea Ladies first team (2008-10) and with the English U-15, U-17 and U-19 National Teams.

A native of London, England, Morphitis was a Hofstra University Dean’s List selection during each of her four years and graduated in May 2014 with a degree in criminology. She earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern State in 2016.