Bill Boyle enters his third season as the head coach of Niagara men's soccer in 2018. Boyle was hired in January 2016 after assistant coaching stints at Michigan State University, Colgate University and, most recently, the University at Albany.
In his first season leading the Purple Eagles, Boyle guided the team to a 3-6-1 record in the MAAC (4-11-2 overall). Niagara earned its first-ever win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sept. 25, 2016, a 1-0 overtime victory. The team was led by 2016 MAAC All-Rookie Team midfielder Mackenzie Roach. Boyle's team also excelled in the classroom. Seven of 12 eligible players were named to the 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team, and senior back Konrad Zydowicz was honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member.
In 2017, the Purple Eagles went 1-8-1 against MAAC teams and 2-14-2 overall. For the second straight season under Boyle, the Purple Eagles landed a player on the MAAC's All-Rookie Team, freshman back Matthew Krucko-Moeller. Nine Purple Eagles players were named to the 2017 MAAC All-Academic Team, the most since 2012 and tied for the second-most ever in program history.
Prior to Niagara, Boyle spent five seasons coaching collegiate soccer in New York state. In his second season at UAlbany in 2015, Boyle helped the Great Danes to their first-ever America East regular-season title en route to being named the America East's Coaching Staff of the Year. UAlbany also had three student-athletes named to the conference's first-team, one to the second team selection, one to the rookie team, two to the all-academic team and had the striker of the year.
Boyle served as an assistant coach at Colgate University from 2011-14. Colgate won the Patriot League title in 2011, and Boyle played a large role in coaching Patriot League Player of the Year, Mike Reidy. Boyle also recruited a nationally-ranked freshman class to Colgate in 2014, as well as many other players on the Raiders' 2015 Patriot League regular-season championship roster.
Boyle also served as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 2010-11, while earning his USSF A Coaching License. He primarily worked with the goalkeepers, as well as directing the day-to-day operations and scouting opponents. The Spartans advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament Third Round (Sweet Sixteen).
In his previous head coaching experience, Boyle led the men's soccer program at Division III Olivet College in Olivet, Mich. for four seasons from 2005-08. In his first season, Boyle directed the Comets to a 7-6-1 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), matching their conference win total from the previous four seasons. In Boyle's final season at Olivet, he led the team to a program-best No. 14 ranking.
From 2004 to 2007, Boyle served as an assistant coach for the Olympic Development Program's 1990 Team, in addition to working as an evaluator for the program's 1988 team in 2004. The Michigan native began his coaching career at Okemos High School from 2001-04 where he led the program to the 2004 Division I State Championship. Boyle also brings to the table 11 years of club soccer coaching experience and over a decade of camp development and instruction experience.
As a player, Boyle was a Mr. Michigan Runner-Up at Okemos after scoring 32 goals in his senior campaign. Boyle was a four-year starter at Hartwick College, where he was coached by NSCAA Hall of Famer Jim Lennox. In his sophomore year in 1995, Boyle scored two goals to help Hartwick defeat fourth-ranked Brown to advance to the NCAA Tournament, where his team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Hartwick was ranked as high as sixth in the nation during Boyle's time on the roster. Boyle played professionally for the Detroit Dynamite and the Cincinnati Riverhawks before beginning his coaching career.
Boyle received a bachelor's degree in business management from Hartwick College in 1998 and also received a teaching certificate in business education from Olivet College in 2010.