Gary Book: “The program has a rich tradition of success, and I am proud to follow in the steps of Mel Less, Bob Montgomery and Carlo Acquista.” (Photo courtesy of Adelphi University).
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Gary Book Monday was named the new head coach of the Adelphi men’s soccer program, succeeding Carlo Acquista.
Acquista had left during the offseason to join the Red Bulls’ scouting department.
Book, who became the ninth men’s soccer coach, joined Adelphi with more than two decades on NCAA Division I sidelines, having spent the last 13 seasons with Hofstra University as an assistant and associate head coach. He was an assistant coach with the St. John’s Red Storm from 1992-2004.
Adelphi competes at the D-II level.
“It is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to be selected as the next head men’s soccer coach at Adelphi University,” Book said. “The program has a rich tradition of success, and I am proud to follow in the steps of Mel Less, Bob Montgomery and Carlo Acquista. I am extremely excited to be a part of furthering that incredible heritage of accomplishment both on and off of the field. I would like to thank president Christine Riordan and director of athletics Danny McCabe for giving me this opportunity.”
With the Pride, Book’s teams won four Colonial Athletic Association tournament titles and three regular season championships. These teams posted a record of .500 or better in 10 seasons, including six consecutive, with Hofstra holding a 120-94-37 record since Book joined the staff in 2005, and helped lead the Pride to three NCAA tournament berths.
At St. John’s, Book was an assistant coach on the 1996 team that captured the first national championship in Red Storm history in any sport. His teams also qualified for the NCAA tournament in all 13 seasons with nine appearances in the Sweet 16 and three Final Fours. In addition, St. John’s captured five Big East regular season championships and six Big East tournament titles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gary Book as our next head coach to the Adelphi soccer family,” McCabe said. “Gary has dedicated his life to the game of soccer and over the past several years, he has done that right here in the New York metropolitan community. He has a great knowledge of the game to go along with a stellar reputation as a teacher and leader. Gary shares our goal of providing the best possible experience for our student-athletes.”
Book graduated from the University of Winchester in Hampshire, England with a bachelor’s of education with honors in human development and coaching. He has also served as a staff coach with the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA, now United Soccer Coaches), the technical director of the Long Island Junior Soccer League and the director of the Olympic Development Program of Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.