The Hofstra women’s coach staff – Kelsey Yam, Simon Riddiough, Gerry Lucey and Ruairi McGuinness. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Hofstra University women’s soccer coaching staff was named the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Women’s East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, it was announced by the organization Tuesday.

The women’s soccer staff includes head coach Simon Riddiough, associate head coach Gerry Lucey, and assistant coaches Kelsey Yam and Ruairi McGuinness. They guided Hofstra to a 17-4-1 record, one win away from tying the program record. Hofstra captured the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and reached the NCAA Division I Tournament second round for the third time in the last four seasons.

“I am truly proud of what our staff has accomplished this past season,” Riddiough said. “Gerry, Kelsey, and Ruairi are tremendous assets to our program and work tirelessly on behalf of our student-athletes each and every day. They are wonderful coaches and also wonderful people and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a world-class group of student-athletes with them.”

The Pride was featured in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll for a majority of the season and reached a ranking as high as No. 10 in the October 5 version of the rankings. The following week, Hofstra reached a season-high RPI ranking of No. 7.

Three student-athletes earned major CAA awards while six were named to All-Conference teams. Forward Miri Taylor was named the attacking player of the year, midfielder Lucy Porter earned her third straight midfielder of the year honor, and midfielder Georgia Brown was selected as rookie of the year. Anja Suttner, Jordan Littleboy and Lucy Shepherd also collected All-CAA honors.

Hofstra was one of the top offensive and defensive teams in the nation. The Pride ranks 13th team in assists per game (2.59), 20th in points per game (7.23), 23rd in goals per game (2.32), 10th in assists (57), 19th in goals (51), and 15th in points (159).

Defensively, the Pride posted a program-record 13 shutouts and ranked sixth nationally in shutout percentage (0.591) and 12th in goals against average (0.577). Opponents accumulated 6.0 shots per game against the Pride.

Taylor ranks third in the nation in points per game (2.14), is fourth in goals (17), and second in total points (45), with her 45 points setting a Hofstra season record. Porter also was among the national ranks in assists per game (20th-0.55) and total assists (19th-11), while Shepherd is 21st in assists per game (0.55) and 12th in total assists (12). Goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich also finished with 12 solo shutouts, the second-highest total in the nation.

Riddiough was also honored on the regional level by the United Soccer Coaches (then NSCAA) in 2007 and 2010 when he was named the regional coach of the year twice. Riddiough owns a 205-91-24 career record, has guided the Pride to six CAA Championships, and has reached the NCAA Tournament eight times during his tenure.

Regional Staff of the Year recipients have been placed on the ballot for United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year consideration within their respective NCAA division.