ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Tyler Botte was named men’s soccer head coach at Molloy College Wednesday.

Botte, who has played for the Long Island Rough Riders, replaced Danny Longo, who guided the team for the past 13 years.

“I am very excited that Tyler has agreed to assume the role of head coach of our men’s soccer program,” athletic director Susan Cassidy-Lyke said in a statement. “This is a natural progression for Tyler having served in the role of associate head coach this past season. Tyler has worked side by side with Danny Longo the past few years so the transition will be seamless. Danny has been a great mentor.

“I want to thank Danny for his 13 years of service and dedication to Molloy, the East Coast Conference, and most of all the student-athletes. He has left the program in a great place. I personally will miss his passion for the game and support for all our sports programs. He will always be a part of our Molloy family.”

Botte joined the Lions as an assistant coach to Longo in 2014 as he helped the team reach the East Coast Conference semifinal in 2014 and the final in 2016. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2019 season, helping the Lions to a 12-win season, tying a program record.

“As someone who grew up playing soccer on Long Island, it’s an honor and a dream come true to be able to accept this position at Molloy College,” Botte said said in a statemnt. “I’ve learned so much over the past six years from Danny Longo, and I looked forward to continued success with the program. Thank You, Susan Cassidy, for the opportunity and the confidence in me. Go Lions!”

The North Babylon, N.Y. native played soccer at Hofstra University before joining Molloy. He netted 12 goals and recorded six assists in 67 matches. Botte, a team captain, earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2013 and helped the Pride make the CAA final in 2010 and 2012. He also was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Botte has coached at the Village of the Branch Soccer Club, North Babylon Soccer Club and the Roslyn Soccer Club in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.