Hofstra University women’s head coach Simon Riddiough Friday announced the appointment of Tom Bowen to the position of assistant coach.

Bowen joins the Pride staff after spending one season at Iona College. Bowen has also coached at LIU Post, Seton Hall University, and Adelphi University and most recently this summer with the Long Island Rough Riders.

Bowen’s coaching career began at LIU Post, where he served as assistant coach for the men’s team between 2016-18. The Pioneers were 36–2-3 (.915) over his three seasons with the program, finishing as the East Coast Conference regular season champions in 2016 and 2017. The program was ranked No. 1 nationally in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings in 2016 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Bowen was part of a staff that was recognized as the United Soccer Coaches regional staff of the year following the 2017 campaign.

He moved to Seton Hall for one season before joining the Adelphi men’s soccer coaching staff in 2019. He helped the program earn an Northeast-10 regular season championship, a No. 1 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches national ranking and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. That year, the coaching staff was honored with the United Soccer Coaches regional staff of the Year award.

After three seasons at Adelphi, Bowen joined the Rough Riders in USL League Two, in 2021. The Rough Riders won the Metropolitan Division championship in 2021 and Bowen was honored as the USL League Two coach of the month than June.

In 2022, Bowen guided the Rough Riders to the USL League Two final, finishing as runners-up. He directed the team to a 16-2-2 record in 2022, the most wins in a season for the club since dropping to amateur status in 2006. Bowen took the Rough Riders back to the USL Playoffs in 2023 as the team finished at 12-2-1.

Bowen earned his degree in exercise science from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2012. He went on to earn an MBA from LIU Post in 2016, and is pursuing a master’s degree in physical education from Adelphi.

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