Steve Bornhoffer has made some important career moves after taking a assistant coaching job offer for the Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team.
Bornhoffer was the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Newport Central Catholic High School. He took the NKU job two weeks before the high school season started.
“The move was difficult, the hardest part was telling the coaches and the players, but they understood,” Bornhoffer said. “Playing is an experience you can never trade in but coaching is wonderful and there is an extra sense of pride when you can come back to coach for your alma mater.”
Bornhoffer received the 1998 Thomas J. Kearns Career Achievement Award after his senior season when he played for the NKU’s men’s soccer team. The award is given for academic and athletic excellence throughout a collegiate career. Bornhoffer ranks eighth in NKU’s history in points scored (87) and goals scored (37).
“That is a tough task to score as much as he did because he was a center midfielder,” said Bob Sheehan, the head coach of the NKU women’s soccer team.
In his first season on the coaching staff, the Norse finished the regular season with a record of 14-1-1. Bornhoffer provided a lot of success in a short period of time, according to Sheehan.
“A lot of things made him a good fit for the job,” Sheehan said. “He sunk right in and he embraced the job of recruiting.”
Bornhoffer said his current recruits are just as spectacular as he could ask for and anticipates a move to Division I.
“It’s going to be very exciting because competition is going to be harder and the biggest benefit will be that NKU will be more well known which will then bring in some great recruits,” Bornhoffer said.