Adelphi University

Adelphi University Athletics Dept
Center for Recreation & Sport 1 South Ave. Garden City, NY 11530
Division 2 New York Northeast
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Gary Book

After a nationwide search, athletic director Danny McCabe and the Adelphi University athletic department announced Gary Book as the ninth head coach of the men's soccer program, effective May 21, 2018.

Book comes to Adelphi with over two decades on Division I sidelines, having spent the last 13 seasons with the Hofstra Pride as both an assistant and associate head coach. Prior to his time in Hempstead, Book was an assistant coach with the St. John's Red Storm from 1992-2004.

"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."

While 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 squad 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 added. "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, England with a bachelor 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.

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Phil Bannister

Phil Bannister enters his second season with the Adelphi University men's soccer team in 2018 after coming to Adelphi following three years with the St. John's University Red Storm.

Bannister served his first two years as a graduate assistant before transitioning to the position of volunteer assistant for the Red Storm and joined St. John's after one season as a graduate assistant with the women's soccer team at Bloomsburg.

Following a standout collegiate career at Loyola (Md.), the Wallsend, England native was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. Bannister went on to play for the DC United U-23 team before returning home to England to play semi-professionally for Blyth Spartans AFC.

A four-time All-MAAC selection, Bannister was a two-time first team choice and a two-time second team honoree. As a freshman, the forward earned MAAC Rookie of the Year honors and led all Division I freshmen in scoring after totaling 13 goals and seven assists. Bannister finished his career ranked eighth in program-history in goals (40), a mark that included 13 game-winners, tied for first in assists (29) and sixth in points (109).

A Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist as a senior, Bannister was a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. Bannister, who owns FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 coaching badges, graduated from Loyola in 2011 with a degree in marketing and earned an MBA in finance from St. John's.

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Nicky Costa

Nicholas "Nicky" Costa returns for his second season on the sidelines of his alma mater as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team in 2018.

A 2014 graduate of Adelphi, Costa played in 62 career games for the Brown and Gold, playing three years for the Panthers in Division I and then his senior season in the Northeast-10. As a senior, Costa ranked third the NE10 with seven assists, and also scored two goals.

After graduating, Costa played with New York Cosmos 'B' in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) during the 2015 season, making a total of 12 appearances during the team's inaugural season. Following a year with New York Cosmos 'B', Costa signed a professional contract with the United Soccer League's Arizona United.

A native of Carle Place, N.Y., Costa earned a degree in sports management from Adelphi.

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Matt Giaconelli

Matt Giaconelli joins the Adelphi men's soccer program for his first season as an assistant coach in 2018.

The native of Franklin Square, N.Y. comes off a four-year career for the Panthers on the field, which culminated in Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team selection in 2017. He appeared in 72 games for the Brown and Gold over four seasons in the midfield, and helped the Brown and Gold to several milestones over that time.

He was a member of the Panthers' first Northeast-10 Championship team in 2016, and also of three teams which competed in the NCAA Tournament - winning a regional title in 2016. The Adelphi defense was the second-ranked defense in the country in 2016, holding opposing teams to just 11 goals scored on the season, and also held opponents to a 1.02 goals against average in 2017.

Giaconelli received his bachelor's in accounting in May of 2018, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Adelphi.

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