Drayson Hounsome enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Rider women’s soccer team, and his first season as an alum, having received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in May ’13.
In just his third season at Rider, Hounsome was named the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2011, Hounsome guided the team to the program's best record since 2004 and in 2012 Rider compiled the highest winning percentage (.676) in program history with a 10-4-3 record last fall.
Hounsome took over a program that won just two games in 2008 and has won 35 games over the last four years, including a 21-7-4 home record.
The 2007 Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, Hounsome came to Rider from the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University, where he finished the 2007 season with a program record 17 wins and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
"After receiving over 100 applications for the position, Drayson Hounsome emerged as a great fit for Rider," said Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum. "He is a proven winner as a head coach and has strong recruiting ties in the Northeast."
Hounsome's charge of returning the Broncs to the level they were at when they won 23 games over two seasons (2003-04) began when he brought in 12 new players for the 2009 season and finished that year with a 6-1 home record. In 2010 the Broncs were 5-2-1 on the new turf field and came back to go 5-2-2 at home in 2011.
In 2012, Rider opened 4-0 and the Broncs ended the season with a 5-1-1 record in the final seven games.
Hounsome was the winningest women's soccer coach at C. W. Post with 85 wins (85-34-17) in seven seasons, 16 more than the previous program record for Pioneer career wins. In 2007 two of his players earned honorable mention All-America honors and his team ended the regular season ranked seventh in the nation. Four of his C. W. Post teams were ranked in the Top 25.
"The academic reputation of the University, successful athletic department and great location makes Rider an attractive choice for many high level student-athletes," said Hounsome. "I continue to look forward to leading the Rider women's soccer program towards a MAAC championship."
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored the Rider women's soccer team with the NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2011. The NSCAA honored 436 women's soccer teams and among Division I teams Rider's 3.54 team grade point average was the 11th highest in nation and the highest among the 10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams.
Hounsome led his 2005 C. W. Post team to it's first-ever NYCAC tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship tournament for the first time since 1999. C.W. Post finished the 2005 regular season with a No. 20 national ranking in the NSCAA/adidas Division II poll.
Under Hounsome the Pioneers' team grade point average was above 3.20 his entire tenure, four times earning a national ranking. Prior to coaching at C. W. Post Hounsome coached for five seasons as an assistant at Molloy College.
For nearly a decade, Hounsome was an important part of the soccer community, serving as National Director of Events and Online Operations for Noga Soccer, where he began his coaching career in 1993. Hounsome has earned coaching licenses from both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He has coached club and select teams in tournaments both in the United States and Europe and has coached in the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Originally from the Channel Islands of Great Britain, Hounsome has competed in Europe and attended England 's prestigious sporting institute, Loughborough University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Science and Physical Education and also garnered an English F.A. Coaching license.
Hounsome is also the author of a book, "The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Girls' Soccer" available at Barnes & Nobel, Borders and at Amazon.com.