NKU appoints new men’s football coach

Northern Kentucky University announced a new men’s soccer coach on Thursday.

Tom Poitras arrives in Highland Heights from the University of Hartford, where he has been head coach since 2011. There, he established the Hawks program as a perennial powerhouse of the America East conference.

In 28 years as a head coach, Poitras has compiled a record of 269 wins, 186 losses and 71 draws.

He replaces Stu Riddle, who left his post as NKU football coach in December after five seasons at the helm of the Nordic program.

“I am very impressed with all of the successes of Norse Nation and so many of its athletic programs, and I look forward to working hard to ensure that the men’s soccer program adds to these successes,” said Poitras. “I am delighted to start building. relationships on and off the pitch with current student-athletes, campus and local communities and our NKU alumni as we begin preparations for next season.

Prior to coaching at Hartford, Poitras led Wisconsin-Green Bay to one NCAA tournament appearance in 2009 and four Horizon League championship games in seven seasons, and Southern New Hampshire Division II to four tournament appearances. of the NCAA.

“I am delighted to welcome Coach Poitras to NKU and Norse Nation! Tom is a proven youth leader, ”said Ken Bothof, director of athletics at Northern Kentucky University. “He continues to find ways to connect with his student-athletes while promoting athletic and academic success. I can’t wait for our football program to reach high levels in the Horizon League! ”

Poitras coached the first Hartford player to be drafted by a Major League Soccer team when in 2013 defenseman Damion Lowe was selected eighth overall by the Seattle Sounders.

More than twenty Poitras players have evolved professionally and he has coached 13 All-Americans.

Poitras played college football in Southern Connecticut State from 1987 to 1991. He was a starter for four years for the Owls and led the team to a Division II national championship in 1987. After graduating from Southern Connecticut in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and recreation studies, he played two seasons at the professional level with the Connecticut Wolves of the Area Soccer League.

Poitras was inducted into the Southington Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Connecticut Hall of Fame in 2016.

Poitras and his wife, Alison, have two children, Ian and Ella.

-Staff report

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