Hofstra University Head Men’s Soccer Coach Richard Nuttall announced the appointment of Stephen Roche as an assistant coach on the Pride staff.
“We are incredibly pleased to be able to add someone of Stephen’s caliber to our staff,” Nuttall said. “His experience, both as a player and a coach, will be a great benefit to our program. I have been able to observe him in recent years and his professionalism in everything he does is quite impressive.”
Roche, a native of Dublin, Ireland, comes to Hofstra from St. Joseph’s College where he served as an assistant soccer coach since January. Roche, has also been an assistant coach with the semi-professional Lansdowne Bhoys of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League since the fall of 2015, and a coach with the Massapequa Soccer Club since 2011. He worked with players ranging from ages five through 22 years old for one of New York’s premier youth clubs. Roche has also been Director of Youth Development for the Massapequa Soccer Club since May 2014.
As a player, Roche played professionally with the University College Dublin Football Club in the League of Ireland premier division from January 2009 through November 2010. He joined FC New York of the United Soccer League in 2011. He has been a playing member of the Lansdowne Bhoys since September 2012. In 2013-14, Lansdowne won both the Cosmopolitan Division One and the Metropolitan Division One titles and also advanced to the semifinals of the National Cup Eastern Regional.
Roche, who owned and operated Flickz Sports Camps in Dublin from March 2004 through 2010, has a bachelor’s degree in retail and services management from Dublin Institute of Technology. He also has a national diploma and an advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and ‘E’ and ‘F’ licenses from the United States Soccer Federation.