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Drayson Hounsome

Head Coach


Drayson Hounsome – The winningest coach in program history, Drayson Hounsome enters his 12th season as the head coach at Rider University, having led the Broncs to six consecutive appearances in the MAAC playoffs, the 2014 MAAC Championship, and the first ever appearance in the 2014 NCAA National Tournament.


Since arriving in Lawrenceville,  Hounsome has trained and developed five Academic All-Americans, three NSCAA All-Regional selections and 45 MAAC All-Conference players. In just his third season was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year.


Prior to joining Rider University, Hounsome spent 7 seasons at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University where he was named the 2007 Northeast NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, after leading the Pioneers to a 17-1-3 record and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Hounsome led C. W. Post to an 85-34-17 record in seven seasons, also leading the Pioneers to the 2003 ECAC Championship, 2005 NYCAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Division II Womens Soccer Championship tournament twice in three seasons.


Hounsome holds a BSc Honors degree in Sport Science from Loughborough University in England and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Rider University. He currently holds coaching licenses with the English Football Association, the United States Soccer Federation and the United Soccer Coaches Association.



Ellis Badillo

Assistant Coach


Ellis Badillo – 2019 will be the 8th season for Badillo as assistant coach at Rider. In just his first three seasons, the Broncs compiled an impressive 31-18-7 record, made two appearances in the MAAC playoffs with a 4-1 post season record and won the 2014 MAAC Championship. In the last 6 seasons, Badillo has been instrumental in the Broncs qualifying for the MAAC post season every year and establishing the program as one of the elite teams in the conference.


Orginally from London, England, Badillo has been training teams in the South Jersey area since 2002 and many of his former players have gone on to have successful collegiate careers. A former academy player with Chelsea FC, he won a British Universities National Championship with Roehampton University and played at a semi-professional level for over ten years.


Badillo holds a BSc in Sports Studies and Health Studies and a MA in Sport, Culture and Development, both from the Roehampton University, where he went on to teach the International Politics of Sport. He has coached with both the Fulham FC and Wimbledon FC youth academies and currently holds coaching licenses with both the USSF and NSCAA.



Tara Ballay


Assistant Coach


The most decorated soccer player in the history of the Rider Women’s soccer program, 2019 will be the 3rd season for Ballay as assistant coach of her alma mater. In her first two seasons on the sidelines she helped lead the Broncs to back to back MAAC quarter-final appearances.  A 2016 graduate from Rider University, Ballay earned MAAC Rookie of the year honors in 2012, was named MAAC Player of the Year and 1st team All Conference honors in 2014, and was twice awarded Academic All-American honors in 2014 and 2015.


Ballay holds a BSc Honors degree in psychology and will graduate with a Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership from Rider University. She currently holds a national coaching diploma from the United Soccer Coaches Association