Blair Stevenson
Northern Kentucky University
Blair Stevenson
Assistant Coach
Northern Kentucky
Division 1

Blair Stevenson completed his second season as the top assistant on Stu Riddle's staff in 2018. This past season, he helped the team to a 10-7 record. The 10 wins were the most for the program in the Division I era. The team also achieved a No. 9 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches North Region poll earlier in the season. The North Region included all four teams that advanced to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA College Cup.  Freshman Alex Willis was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and to the All-Horizon League First Team. He was also selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Second Team, the Top Drawer Soccer Freshmen Best XI First Team and the College Soccer News All-Freshman First Team. Willis finished the season ranked as the 11th-best freshman by Top Drawer Soccer. Sophomore Alex Grieve earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors, and freshman Stian Jørgensen was named to the All-Horizon League Freshman team. In 2018, Willis finished fourth in the NCAA in goals scored, Greive tied for fourth in total assists, and the team ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring offense with 2.18 goals per match.  The 2018 season also saw Rikard Lindqvist and Jim Barkei earn Horizon League All-Academic Team honors. Additionally, Lindqvist was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team and the Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team, as selected by CoSIDA. Prior to this past season, the team achieved a 3.48 GPA in the Spring of 2018 semester, which was the highest GPA in program history.  Head Coach Stu Riddle announced the addition of Stevenson as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach on March 7, 2017. Stevenson joined the Norse as the top assistant after working alongside Riddle at the University at Buffalo. Stevenson most recently served as the Assistant Coach at Buffalo during the 2016 season. Stevenson helped lead the Bulls to the 2016 Mid-American Conference Championship finals. At Buffalo, the Scotland native was responsible for gameday tactics, scouting, player development, video analysis and college ID camp coordination. Stevenson also helped guide the Bulls to a program-best No. 2 Great Lakes Regional ranking, top-50 NCAA RPI ranking and final record of 12-4-3. Prior to UB, Stevenson served as Assistant Coach at Syracuse University where he was responsible for planning training sessions and gameday tactics, community relations, youth soccer camp organization and scouting. During his time at Syracuse, the Orange won the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup after earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Two members of the 2015 squad were drafted in the 2016 MLS First Round - Julian Büscher (11th overall, D.C. United) and Ben Polk (20th overall, Portland Timbers). "To have a coach on staff that has been part of an ACC winning team and part of a run to the Final Four is fantastic for us," added Riddle. "Blair was instrumental in our success at Buffalo last season and I have no doubt he will be a huge asset to the program." Stevenson was also the Assistant Coach at Le Moyne College for two seasons where he earned his master's degree in education and helped the Dolphins to a 23-13-0 record. Stevenson played for NCAA Division II program Montana State University Billings from 2009 through 2013. Following his collegiate career, Stevenson also played in the Premier Development League for two seasons with the Ottawa Fury and Toronto Lynx in 2011 and 2012.