After 10 season at the helm of Hofstra’s women’s soccer team, Simon Riddiough will be returning to the university after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension.
Riddiough will be entering his 11th season as head coach in 2016 and is the program’s all-time wins leader with a career record of 124-65-16.
“Simon and his staff have worked very hard to make Hofstra perennial contenders, and we are excited to extend his tenure,” said James Hathaway, Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics. “The Women’s Soccer program has excelled in the classroom and on the field under Simon’s leadership.”
During his head coaching tenure, Riddiough has guided Hofstra to two Colonial Athletic Association championships, capturing the title in 2007 and 2012 while leading the Pride to the league’s championship game in 2008, 2010 and 2014. His teams have won an average of more than 12 games per season.
Hofstra won the CAA’s regular season title in 2015 and earned the program’s fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an at-large selection. Hofstra defeated Georgetown in the opening round of the tournament before falling to Rutgers in the second round.
“I appreciate the trust that Hofstra has placed in me and my staff to continue to lead the Hofstra Women’s Soccer program,” Riddiough said. “Our goal every year is to win the CAA title and I’m grateful for the continued opportunity to pursue those goals.”
This past season, Leah Galton earned NSCAA second-team All-America honors after setting the program record for points and tying the record for assists. Galton became the CAA’s first three-time Player of the Year selection after scoring 12 goals and adding 30 points as a senior.
Hofstra has also produced academic success under Riddiough’s tutelage. Jill Mulholland earned third-team NSCAA Scholar All-America honors in 2015 and the team captured a NSCAA team academic award for the 2014-15 academic year, marking the third straight season Hofstra made the list and the fifth time under Riddiough since 2009.
Riddiough, a 1994 Hofstra graduate with a degree in physical education, was a four-year letterman and captain on the Flying Dutchmen soccer team from 1990 through 1994. He was an All-New York Region performer in 1993 and 1994, and an All-East Coast Conference pick in 1993. Riddiough was also a member of the all-region academic squad. He recorded 13 goals and 15 assists in his Hofstra career.