Bronx, NY – (April 6, 2022) – Fordham women’s soccer head coach Magnus Nilerud announced the hiring of Jonathan Macadam and Gabby Island to the coaching staff on Tuesday.
Macadam is very familiar with Nilerud, having spent five seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Bridgeport under Nilerud from 2016 to 2020, while Isola comes to Rose Hill after serving as a graduate assistant at Ohio University.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Macadam back to my staff,” said Nilerud. “His integrity of him and his work ethic of him will be extremely utilized as we begin this next chapter in the Fordham women’s soccer legacy.”
During Macadam’s time with the Purple Knights, he was a part of their 2018 National Championship, two Regional Championships and two East Coast Conference Championships. He was also an integral part of the 2018 NCAA Division II National Coaching staff of the year.
Most recently, Macadam was a volunteer assistant coach at Fairfield University for the 2021 season, assisting with practice and the day-to-day operations.
Macadam also has experience working with club teams with spells at Des Moines Menace and more locally, the Connecticut Football Club. Originally from Scotland, Macadam holds level 1 and 2 badges from the Scottish Football Association.
A four-year soccer player at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, Macadam earned his undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and Fitness Management. He had a successful playing career gaining three NAIA All-American awards and captaining his side to the national elite 8 twice and was a part of three conference championship.
Macadam has also received Master’s Degree in both Global Media and Communication, as well as Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport.
“Gabby will be a valuable addition to the Fordham women’s soccer staff. Her energy and passion will be infectious amongst our goalkeepers. I am extremely excited to watch Gabby’s development in the college game,” said Nilerud.
During the 2021 season, Isola worked as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Ohio University Women’s Soccer. Under the direction of head coach Aaron Rodgers, who won 2021 MAC Coach of the Year, she trained a group of goalkeepers that posted 10 shutouts over the course of the season. The team finished in second place in MAC conference regular season play with a 7-1-3 record, falling in the MAC Tournament semifinals to Kent State. Starting goalkeeper Sam Wexell earned All-MAC First Team honors, along with three teammates, and posted at 0.86 GAA and .770 Save Percentage.
As of August 2022, Isola will have earned a Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences from the Ohio University Coaching Education Program.
Isola graduated from Villanova in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, where she was a goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team.
Isola attended high school in her hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, where she was a four-year starter, MVP of their Group IV State Champion team as a sophomore, and team captain during her senior year. She was the recipient of the Matt Reissig Memorial Soccer Award, an annual award presented to a senior varsity player who has benefitted most in his or her personal life di lei from active participation in the soccer program at Montclair High School, and who has contributed significantly to the overall soccer effort.
Isola holds a US Soccer Federation (USSF) National F License, USSF 9v9 License, USSF Grassroots 11v11 License, US SafeSport Certification, United Soccer Coaches (USC) Goalkeeping Level 1, USC LGBT Diversity & Inclusion, and USC 11v11 Pre-National Certification.