This fall, Simon Riddiough will begin his 12th season as head coach of Hofstra’s women’s soccer team.
In addition to those duties, Riddiough will also serve as a member of the Long Island Soccer Club’s technical staff. The club, a member of U.S. Soccer’s new Girls Development Academy will mark its inaugural season this fall. In his role with Long Island SC, the Hofstra coach will serve as a college advisor, aiding in college preparation for players and parents affiliated with the club.
“I’m excited to be part of the technical staff at Long Island Soccer Club,” Riddiough said. “My goal is to help Long Island’s youth soccer players be as prepared as possible for the collegiate and student-athlete experience.”
Riddiough has been at the helm of the Pride since the end of the 2005 season following JoAnne Russell’s retirement. He’s guided Hofstra to winning seasons every year and double-digit victories each season since 2007, while claiming the Colonial Athletic Association title in ‘07 and ‘12.
“Simon is considered of the top women’s college coaches in the country,” said Peter Zaratin, a member of the Long Island SC technical staff. “With Simon’s extensive background and experience in women’s soccer we are excited to have him on board as another vital asset in helping our players reach the highest levels of women’s soccer.”
The Girls’ Development Academy was created by U.S. Soccer as a means to improve long-term player and coach development. Its mission is to provide education, resources and support while directly impacting the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players.
Academy teams will be announced prior to the summer with preseason team training beginning in the summer in preparation for the inaugural Academy season in the fall. The projected player pool will equate to approximately 23 players per age group for a total of 92 full-time players among the four age groups: U-14 (2004), U-15 (2003), U-16/17 (2002/01) and U-18/19 (2000/1999).