Tobias Bischof has spent the past eight years on Simon Riddiough’s coaching staff at Hofstra University.
Now, the native of Winterstein, Germany, is heading east after being named the new head coach of Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team. He replaces Brendan Faherty who left the Seawolves after three years to become head coach of Yale University’s women’s soccer team.
“I am extremely appreciative, thankful and excited to join the Seawolves family,” Bischoff said. “During my time spent on campus the positive energy and energetic vibe was something that captivated me greatly and is something I wanted to be part of.”
During his tenure at Hofstra, the Pride qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times: 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. This past season, Hofstra posted a 16-6-1 record that included a win over No. 22 Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Tobi is a proven winner who will make an immediate impact on Stony Brook women’s soccer,” said Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s Director of Athletics. “Our program is on a rapidly ascending trajectory, and I have every confidence that will continue under Tobi’s leadership.”
Hofstra’s Riddiough said of his now-former assistant, “Tobi’s work ethic, integrity and strong knowledge about the game of soccer will be an asset to the Stony Brook Community. We can’t thank Tobi enough for all he has done for Hofstra and our women’s soccer program.”
Bischof joins a Stony Brook program that continues to grow and become a powerhouse in the America East Conference. In the three years under Faherty, the team earned a berth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament while winning the America East title. During 2018, the Seawolves finished tied with Harford for first place in the conference with a 6-1-1 record.
Since arriving on Long Island in 2002, Bischof has become a fixture in the Long Island soccer community. He coached in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and in the U.S. Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPL), where he took a U16 boys team to the National Final in 2012.
In the summer of 2015, he led Massapequa Arsenal to the McGuire Cup as the national champion in the Boys Under-19 division at the U.S. Youth Soccer Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. The McGuire Cup has been contested since 1935 and is billed as the oldest trophy in youth sports.
Overall, Bischof at the youth level on Long Island has coached winners of six state cups and led 11 teams to the state finals between 2006 and 2016.