Hofstra Pulse Magazine

Richard Nuttall: Hofstra Soccer Coach

By: Joe Zapata

A Native of South Yorkshire, England, Richard Nuttall is currently in his 26th

season as the Hofstra University Men’s Soccer Head Coach. During his tenure,

the Pride has had an impressive 226-203-54 record, which has given the school

a reputation as one of the most competitive programs in the Northeast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Nuttall came to the United States, he played professionally in England

for Leeds United and Stoke City of the English Football League. He also earned

his degree in Physical Education while he attended Carnegie School in West

Yorkshire.

 

After spending summers in America, Nuttall decided that he preferred the

American lifestyle and moved to Long Island in 1988, where he still lives today

with his wife and three kids.

 

“[There’s] much more [to] do socially”, Nuttall said, complementing the wide

range of fun activities in America.

 

When asked what he misses the most about his home country, Nuttall said, “Of

course you miss your own people”.

 

When asked what he misses the least, Nuttall said with a chuckle, “the weather.”

Just before he arrived at Hofstra, the Pride posted five losing seasons in nine

years. Since then, Nuttall’s teams have finished .500 or better in 17 of his 25

seasons.

 

In 2006, Hofstra became one of only three schools in the nation with three

straight conference titles. Only Western Illinois and New Mexico have previously

accomplished this milestone.

 

“As the Hofstra Soccer Coach, your goal is to win as many games as possible”,

Nuttall said with a smile.

 

Not only has the team as a whole found success, but several of Nuttall’s players

have also gone on to play professionally.

 

Nuttall also stressed the importance of education. For the 2012-13 seasons, the

Hofstra soccer program was awarded a College Team Academic award from the

NSCBA for having a collective 3.17 grade-point-average.

 

Coach Nuttall’s hard work and attention to detail has forever changed Hofstra’s

soccer program and the lives of his players.

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