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Colgate men’s soccer adds Simeon Steward to coaching staff

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HAMILTON – Colgate University Head Men’s Soccer Coach Erik Ronning has completed his staff with the hiring of Assistant Coach Simeon Steward.

Steward replaces Shane Rineer, who spent the last year as an assistant on the Raider staff before taking on the same role at Drexel in April.

“Today is a great day for Colgate Soccer,” said Ronning. “I could not be more excited to welcome Simeon to our family. Not only is he a quality coach from a successful program, but most importantly a great person who will serve as a positive role model for our current student-athletes. I look forward to working with him to help enhance our players’ experience, and work to perpetuate the success this program has achieved in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Steward comes to Colgate after spending four years on the staff at New Hampshire. A perennial contender in the America East, the Wildcats compiled a 47-20-10 record during Steward’s tenure and advanced to the NCAA Tournament back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018.

New Hampshire won at least 10 games in every season during Steward’s tenure, including 13 in 2017 when the Wildcats were ranked as high as a program-best 12th in the country. That team reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

Steward helped guide the Wildcats to the program’s first America East Championship in 2018. They posted a 12-4-2 overall record and boasted one of the top defensive teams in the country, ranking fifth in goals-against average (0.538) and eighth in shutout percentage (0.556).

I want to thank Coach Ronning, Nicki Moore and the athletics support staff for the opportunity to work for Colgate University,” Steward said. “I am excited for this challenge and I look forward to building on the excellent tradition of Colgate Men’s Soccer.”

Prior to his role in Durham, N.H., Steward spent one year in the assistant post at Southern New Hampshire. In his only season there, the Penmen registered a 17-1-2 record and won the NE-10 title before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2012, Steward held the director of men’s soccer operations position at the University of Washington and was selected for the inaugural NSCAA “30 Under 30” Program.

As a student-athlete, Steward played for Louisville from 2007-09 and helped the Cardinals to three consecutive NCAA appearances and a Big East regular season championship in 2009. He was also a Big East All-Academic Selection.

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