Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 41099
Kentucky Midwest
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Bob Sheehan

Bob Sheehan begins his 22nd year as the only women’s soccer head coach in Northern Kentucky University history in the 2018 season. Sheehan has built the NKU women’s soccer program from scratch into one of the nation’s best. He picked up his 300th career victory on Aug. 29, 2017, and is 306-100-28 (.737) in 21 seasons with the Norse.


Sheehan has seen great success throughout the transition to Division I play, as he led the 2016 squad to capture the University’s first-ever Division I conference championship. The 2016 team was also the first NKU program to advance to the Division I NCAA Tournament in its first year eligible to do so after being granted full Division I status in August 2016 after completing the four-year reclassification period. The Norse fell to eventual national runner-up West Virginia, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


In addition to the NCAA Tournament appearance and Horizon League Tournament Championship in 2016, Sheehan guided the 2016 squad to a 13-7-1 overall record including a 6-2-1 mark in League play. The record included notable wins over Vanderbilt (Sept. 11), defending Horizon League champion Oakland (Sept. 28), and a pair of come-from-behind victories against Detroit Mercy (Nov. 3) and Milwaukee (Nov. 5) to win the Horizon League Championship. He has led NKU to post a new Division I program record in wins in each of the last three seasons, including back-to-back seasons with double-digit victories.


In 2016, Sheehan coached two-time Horizon League Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and First-Team All-Horizon League selection Macy Hamblin, a junior forward, who also earned NSCAA All-Region honors for the second-consecutive season. Additionally, junior forward Jessica Frey was named First Team All-League for the second-straight year, while senior midfielder Katelyn Newton earned Second Team honors and freshman forward Ally Perkins was named to the All-Freshman team.


Under his guidance the team also earned its 11th-straight National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Team Academic Award in 2016 after posting a 3.42 cumulative grade point average for the second year in a row. The team has now been recognized for the honor 14 times since 2000.


Sheehan’s teams captured an unprecedented seven Great Lakes Valley Conference championships while NKU competed at the NCAA Division II level. When the program was in just its third year, Sheehan led the Norse to the NCAA Division II national semifinals. NKU was the national runner up the next year, in 2000, and made three-straight trips to the national semifinals from 1999 to 2001. He led the squad to a national quarterfinal appearance in 2002 and 2003 and four-straight NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals between 2008 and 2011, a streak that was halted due to the Division I transition starting in the 2012 season.


The 2012 season was NKU’s first at the Division I level. Just two years later, in 2014, NKU advanced to the Atlantic Sun Semifinals and has advanced to the semifinals of its conference tournament, or beyond, in each year since.


In 2015, Sheehan led NKU to a 11-5-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in its first season as a member of the Horizon League and final year in the Division I transitional period. The Norse opened League play with five-straight wins and capped off the season with a trip to the League semifinals where they battled eventual champion Oakland to a draw and fell in penalty kicks. The 2015 season was the second-straight year the Norse advanced to their conference championship semifinal round. Under Sheehan's direction, sophomore forward Macy Hamblin was named Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year while joining teammate Jessica Frey on the All-League First Team. Under Sheehan's direction, NKU was also one of eight Division I programs to earn the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The Norse earned the award for the fifth-consecutive season.


In 2014, NKU went 9-8-3 overall and 3-3-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Norse advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championships after posting four consecutive shutouts to end the season before dropping a 3-1 decision to eventual champs Florida Gulf Coast.


In 2013, the Norse posted a 6-10-2 overall record and 2-6-1 Atlantic Sun Conference record. In 2012, the first women’s soccer victory of the season in NCAA Division I belonged to NKU, as the Norse used a 2-0 win to defeat Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y. NKU ended the year with back-to-back victories over South Carolina Upstate and Lipscomb to finish its inaugural Division I season 6-11 overall and 3-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The team was presented with a National Team Academic Award and Team Ethics Award by the NSCAA at the conclusion of the season.


In 2011, the Norse claimed a 16-2-2 record, going 12-1-1 in GLVC play and advancing to the NCAA Midwest Region championship game for the second time in three years. Sheehan and the Norse picked up their 250th all-time win with a 3-2 decision over Missouri-St. Louis in the final home game of the season.


In 2010, Sheehan led the Norse to a 17-2-2 record, including a 13-1 GLVC record. The Norse set a new standard for defense, allowing just seven goals on the year. NKU advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, falling to Wisconsin-Parkside on penalty kicks in the regional semifinals.


In 2009, the Norse took the GLVC title with a 19-2-1 mark and a 13-2 record in conference play. NKU advanced to the Midwest Region final and played eventual national champion Grand Valley State to a scoreless draw before falling in penalty kicks,5-4. For the second straight season the Norse were perfect at home, running that winning streak to 20 games.


In 2008, Sheehan’s Norse amassed a 16-4 record and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years, advancing to the second round before being ousted by Wisconsin-Parkside, who accounted for three of NKU’s four defeats on the year. Sheehan also produced his first All-American since 2005 in Brandi Doss, who ranked second in the nation with 0.75 assists per game.


In 2007, Sheehan led the Norse to a 12-6 record and their 10th consecutive trip to the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament. Under Sheehan’s direction the Norse captured the GLVC title in six of their first 10 seasons, including a string of five straight from 1998-2002.


In 2006, Sheehan guided NKU to a 13-4-1 record and a berth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.


Sheehan was named GLVC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career in 2005, and he also earned Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors after leading NKU to its seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.


In addition, NKU senior forward Kristen Votapek was named to the NSCAA’s NCAA Division II All-America second team. Votapek also was named GLVC Player of the Year and earned Scholar All-America honors.


In 2004, Sheehan led NKU to a 15-5-1 overall record. The Norse also advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the sixth straight year and finished with a No. 21 national ranking in the Division II poll.


Prior to taking the NKU job, Sheehan spent 13 years as head coach at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati and built one of Ohio’s top prep powerhouses in girls’ soccer. Sheehan, who owned a career record of 195-48-28 at St. Ursula, won a pair of state championships (1991 and 1993), and his teams compiled a record of 106-8-13 during his last six years.


A 1984 graduate of Xavier University, Sheehan was named Girls Greater Cincinnati League Gray Division Coach of the Year seven times in his career while at St. Ursula.


Sheehan also earned his MBA in finance from Xavier. Sheehan and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter (Maggie) and a son (John Patrick). The Sheehans live in Cincinnati.

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Steve Bornhoffer

Stever Bornhoffer enters his eighth season as the Northern Kentucky women's soccer assistant coach in 2018. Bornhoffer joined the NKU women's soccer coaching staff prior to the 2011 season as the team's only full-time assistant coach. Bornhoffer was the head coach of the boys' soccer team at Newport Central Catholic High School for eight seasons prior to accepting his position at NKU. He also coached girls' club soccer in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for 13 years as well.


In his first season at NKU, the Norse's final season as a Division II program, Bornhoffer helped guide NKU to a 16-2-2 record. Since transitioning to Division I in 2012, the coaching staff has led the squad to a 45-41-8 record including three consecutive seasons with a Division I program record win total with nine in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 13 in 2016. The 2016 season was a memorable one, as the team won the Horizon League Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.


Bornhoffer played four seasons at NKU under hall of fame head coach John Toebben, wrapping up his playing career in 1997 before serving as a graduate assistant coach for the NKU men. He was twiced named an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and Academic All-GLVC honoree during his playing time and was a recipient of the NKU Career Achievement Award in his senior year.


Bornhoffer still ranks in the top 10 all-time at NKU for goals (37), points (87) and games played (83).

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Stu Riddle

Stu Riddle completed his first season with the Norse in 2017 with a winning 7-6-4 record, which was just the third winning season in the Division I era for the program. Under Riddle's guidance, Jim Barkei was named the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and to the All-Horizon League First Team, and Harvey Moyes earned Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors. The 2017 season also saw the team record eight shutouts and allow just 17 goals, which were both records in the Division I era. NKU also improved its RPI ranking by 71 spots from 205 to 134, and the team achieved a 3.48 GPA in the Spring of 2018 semester.


Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced the hiring of Riddle as Head Men's Soccer Coach on January 9, 2017. Riddle is the fourth-ever head coach of the Norse.


"On behalf of Norse Nation, I would like to welcome Stu and his family to Northern Kentucky University," said Bothof. "His experience building Division I soccer programs is invaluable as we look to him to continue fostering a culture of success for a program with a storied history. He has displayed a commitment to both athletic and academic success that make him a great fit for our department, campus and community."


Riddle comes to NKU following a four-year stint as head men's soccer coach at the University at Buffalo where he most recently led the Bulls to their second-straight Mid-American Conference Championship match appearance.


In addition to leading Buffalo to a pair of MAC Championship appearances in each of the last two seasons, Riddle guided the Bulls to the program's winningest season in over a decade in 2016 with a record of 12-4-3, which included a school-record 10 shutouts. The Bulls garnered NSCAA top-25 votes for five-consecutive weeks and ended the season with a school record No. 47 ranking in the RPI and No. 4 ranking in the Great Lakes Regional poll. Russell Cicerone, one of Riddle's players at Buffalo for the last four years, is projected by DraftUtopia.com to be selected in the second round of this year's MLS draft, which occurs later this week.


"I would like to thank Ken Bothof and Dan McIver for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program at NKU. It was very clear throughout the interview process how professionally run the athletic department is and how important the men's soccer program is to the administration," said Riddle. "The facilities and support network are second-to-none and I can't wait to get on campus, ingrain myself into the local soccer community and work with the team to bring the success this program deserves to NKU."


The Wellington, New Zealand native has eight years of experience as a head coach at the Division I level. He has amassed a 61-68-21 career record.


Riddle has made four MAC Championship appearances in the last seven years at two different MAC institutions – Buffalo and Western Michigan. He has coached 17 All-MAC selections along with one conference player of the year and one freshman of the year while 13 players have also received All-MAC Tournament Team honors under his guidance.


In his third year as head coach at Buffalo in 2015, Riddle led UB to its first winning season since 2008. He has also guided his teams to success in the classroom, as the program posted a 3.0 GPA or better in each of his four seasons as head coach to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award. In the last two seasons alone, Riddle has coached 15 academic All-MAC student-athletes.


Prior to coaching at Buffalo for four seasons, Riddle was the head coach at Western Michigan for four years from 2009 through 2013 where he led the Broncos to a pair of MAC Championship appearances. In his second year at WMU, Riddle led the team to its best MAC record in school history and also guided the Broncos to their winningest overall record in seven years at 10-8-1. His squad was also recognized by the NCAA for posting an APR progress rate score in the top 10 percent of Division I men's soccer teams.


A 1998 graduate of Coastal Carolina, Riddle began his coaching career as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at his alma mater after playing collegiately for the Chanticleers. He earned All-Big South Conference honors as a player and also played professionally in Australia, England, Scotland and the New Zealand National Team.


His coaching career included stops at the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana and Fairfield University where he served as an assistant coach. He also coached the Kalamazoo Outrage Soccer Club from 2007-08 in the organization's debut season in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League. Riddle earned a master's degree in public service administration from Evansville in 2007 while serving as the assistant coach of the Purple Aces for two seasons.


Northern Kentucky men's soccer has a rich tradition of success, highlighted by a Division II national championship in 2010. Since its inception in 1980, the program has amassed a 384-291-64 overall record (.563 winning percentage), seven conference titles and 14 All-Americans, including the 2010 DII National Player of the Year, Steven Beattie, who currently plays professionally for Cork City FC after being drafted by Toronto FC.


The Norse remained competitive throughout the Division I transition, which began in 2012 and included two winning seasons en route to a 30-31-15 record during the four-year reclassification period. The department was granted official Division I status in August of this year after completing the four-year transition.

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Blair Stevenson

Blair Stevenson completed his first season as the top assistant on Stu Riddle's staff in 2017. He helped lead the team to a winning 7-6-4 record.


Head Coach Stu Riddle announced the addition of Stevenson as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach on March 7, 2017. Stevenson joined the Norse as the top assistant after working alongside Riddle at the University at Buffalo.


Stevenson most recently served as the Assistant Coach at Buffalo during the 2016 season. Stevenson helped lead the Bulls to the 2016 Mid-American Conference Championship finals. At Buffalo, the Scotland native was responsible for gameday tactics, scouting, player development, video analysis and college ID camp coordination. Stevenson also helped guide the Bulls to a program-best No. 2 Great Lakes Regional ranking, top-50 NCAA RPI ranking and final record of 12-4-3.


Prior to UB, Stevenson served as Assistant Coach at Syracuse University where he was responsible for planning training sessions and gameday tactics, community relations, youth soccer camp organization and scouting. During his time at Syracuse, the Orange won the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup after earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Two members of the 2015 squad were drafted in the 2016 MLS First Round - Julian Büscher (11th overall, D.C. United) and Ben Polk (20th overall, Portland Timbers).


"To have a coach on staff that has been part of an ACC winning team and part of a run to the Final Four is fantastic for us," added Riddle. "Blair was instrumental in our success at Buffalo last season and I have no doubt he will be a huge asset to the program."


Stevenson was also the Assistant Coach at Le Moyne College for two seasons where he earned his master's degree in education and helped the Dolphins to a 23-13-0 record. Stevenson played for NCAA Division II program Montana State University Billings from 2009 through 2013. Following his collegiate career, Stevenson also played in the Premier Development League for two seasons with the Ottawa Fury and Toronto Lynx in 2011 and 2012.

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Sam Brooks

Brooks enters his first season at NKU after serving as an assistant coach at Centre College during the 2017 season. The Solihull, England, native helped the Colonels to a 12-5-2 record, with the team ranking in the top two of its conference in scoring offense and scoring defense. Brooks also has experience coaching at the club level, most recently with Lexington FC U-19 this past year. Brooks holds an FA Level 1 and 2 license, and he also has a USSF D license. He played collegiately for the University of the Cumberlands, before transferring to the University of Kentucky for his final two seasons.

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Roger Lane

Roger Lane is in his second year on the NKU men's soccer staff. He is the Director of Operations, after serving as a volunteer assistant men's soccer coach in his first season. He previously served as assistant men's soccer coach at SUNY Maritime College (2016-2017). Lane earned his bachelor of science in exercise science (2013) and doctor of physical therapy (2016) from the University of Buffalo. He holds a D License and is currently working towards a C License from the United State Soccer Federation. Lane also holds an Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is currently working toward a Premier Diploma.


In addition to working as an assistant with SUNY Maritime College, Lane recently worked with the New York Red Bulls (Major League Soccer) Youth Training Program as a head coach, as team trainer for the Long Island Rough Riders PDL and staff member on the University of Buffalo men's soccer team (2010-2016). Lane played collegiately at Farmingdale State College (2007-2009) and saw action with Pontifícia Universidade Católica (2009) of the Futsal League in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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