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Buffalo Bulls Men’s Soccer Head Coach Stu Riddle hired away to Northern Kentucky

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Following back-to-back trips to the Mid-American Conference Championship, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Stu Riddle has been hired away to take over the Northern Kentucky Program. Riddle’s tenure at Buffalo will have spanned at four years and with a 28-32-13 overall record.

In the past two seasons, Riddle’s teams had made the MAC Finals but each time they failed to win and qualify for the NCAA Tournament by a single goal. After the strong season UB had this year, the Bulls weren’t given any help by way of the selection committee and that may have finally been enough for Riddle to find a different conference not dominated by one team.

Riddle told The Buffalo News that he wanted to make Buffalo a soccer power but in the end the gap in resources between UB and the soccer powers was to big to overcome. Although Northern Kentucky finished 1-13-4 overall last season, he believes he can win there. The Norse program has a full scholarship allocation and a soccer specific stadium—luxuries that UB may never have.

The New Zealand native interviewed for the UCF job in December where he was passed up for a different candidate. Since then, he’s had multiple offers from schools to come coach for them.

Buffalo Athletic Director Allen Greene will now have the opportunity to make his first-ever hire as the lead guy in the department since he took over in December 2015. Buffalo will once again have to sell a program without a soccer specific stadium and is dominated Akron in a small conference.

We wish Coach Riddle the best of luck in his future endeavors