Position: Assistant Coach, Goalkeeping Coach
Steve Widdowson enters his fourteenth year on Harrisburg’s coaching staff and ninth year as Bill Becher’s main assistant coach. Originally focused on working with the team’s goalkeepers, Widdowson’s role has evolved far beyond the nets to include a wide range of responsibilities as Bill Becher’s right-hand man. In 2007, Widdowson helped the team win the USL Div. II National Championship by defeating the defending champion Richmond Kickers. In 2011, he again helped guide the team to the National Championship, unfortunately falling in penalty kicks to Orlando City.
Widdowson, who hails from England, currently serves as the Head Coach for the Millersville University Men’s Soccer Team. In nine years at Millersville Widdowson has compiled a record of 113-57-11. The Marauders have also made it to the conference semi finals or further in eight of his nine seasons.
Widdowson has guided the program to new heights as the team broke the school record for wins in 2008 going 18-3-1. The team followed up with a 17-3 record and also earned its first ever #1 National ranking in 2009. In 2011, he guided the team to the programs first ever PSAC Championship, 2nd NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship and first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four. He has been recognized as the PSAC Coach of the Year and Atlantic Region Coach of the Year three times in his nine years.
In his time at Millersville, Widdowson has coached 31 All PSAC Players, 30 Regional All-Americans and 3 National All-Americans. Widdowson graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. At Rutgers, Widdowson was recognized as an All-Region honoree and first team All-State selection. He also served as the team captain in 1995-1996. He led his team to the Atlantic 10 and Big East Conference Championships as well as an appearance in the NCAA Division I Final Four in his freshman year. Widdowson still holds the school’s record for starts in a single season (27 in 1994) and ranks second all-time in saves, third in games played as a goalkeeper and fifth in shutouts. Widdowson also holds the school’s home field record for combined saves in a game tallying 14 out of 22 saves verses Indiana on 9/8/95.
After graduation from Rutgers, Widdowson continued his playing career by playing professionally for five years in the USL Division III. He played with the Central Jersey Riptide, which won the conference in 1998, the NJ Stallions in 1999 and then spent three years with the Reading Rage (now of the USL Premier Development League), leading the team as captain in 2001-02.
Widdowson also holds an M.B.A, and has earned a USSF ‘B’ and NSCAA ‘Advanced National’ License, as well as an NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.