HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Gary Book has been promoted to associate head coach of the Hofstra University men’s soccer team, the Hofstra athletic department announced Thursday.
Book will enter his 14th season with the men’s soccer program in 2018, after spending nine as the team’s top assistant coach.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the remarkable knowledge and leadership Gary brings to our program,” men’s head coach Richard Nuttall said. “He is absolutely invaluable to us, and we are thrilled to have him take on this role.”
During Book’s tenure at Hofstra, the Pride has posted a record of .500 or better in 10 seasons, including six consecutive years, with Hofstra holding a 120-94-37 record since he joined the staff in 2005. He also has helped lead the Pride to three NCAA Division I Tournament berths.
The Pride has posted only one Colonial Athletic Association loss in each of the past two seasons. Hofstra took home the CAA regular-season titles in 2015 and 2016, while earning a share of it in 2014. Book helped the Pride to a CAA Tournament championship in 2015, as Hofstra earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
Book was named the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick national assistant coach of the year for the South Atlantic region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches) in 2012, after helping the team to an 11-6-4 record, the Pride’s first 10-win season since 2006.
The Pride advanced to the NCAA tournament in both of Book’s first two seasons, 2005 and 2006 as he helped the team to a No. 13 national ranking in 2005.