Name: (George) Steve Tandy

Relationship to Hofstra: B.A.A. 1988, Student-Athlete (Men's Soccer)

Currently Resides: Sea Cliff, NY

"Steve Tandy was an awesome teammate.  Great on the field and great in practice.  He had a knack for scoring spectacular goals." --- Shawn Cassidy, teammate and currently Area Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 


What brought you to Hofstra originally?:
I was wait-listed on my grades at Columbia University. They had a phenomenal team and are a great academic school. I had scholarship offers to Syracuse, American and George Mason but thought if I stayed close to home I could always transfer in a year. I really thought engineering was for me or even medical school but once I got to Hofstra... a business degree seemed to be the right way to go. I loved the school and more so my coach so much that I never thought of transferring again. 

Why are you still involved in Hofstra Athletics?:
I feel that I grew as much as a student-athlete as I grew as a student. The guidance I received from upperclassmen and alumni really forged the development of my career and the path I chose. 

What was the most impactful lesson you learned while at Hofstra?:
It is not necessarily all about what you learned in the classroom. Life is not just about what you read about in books...it is how you learn in class and in the dorms, and how to find a way to get by on your own and then apply it all to life.

What is one piece of advice you have for current student-athletes?:
Network! Talk to alumni and listen to what they have to say. No one ever really knows where that first opportunity will come from and the more irons in the fire the better. Also, learn how to really listen to people. You were given two ears and 1 mouth. Try to remember to use them in that ratio.

Who was your coach and what wisdom did they impart on you?:
Tommy Lang for the first two years. He was an All American, and then played for the NY Cosmos back in the day with Pele, Beckenbauer, and some of the other greatest players that have ever lived. Say no more. Ian Collins then came in and I still try to forget those 2 years.

Why do you give back to Hofstra Athletics?:
In my mind I have an obligation to give something back as was done for me so many years ago.

Do you still keep in touch with your teammates?:
Yes. I actually work with people I played with and still am in frequent contact with most that I played with. It was more of a brotherhood than a team.

What is the fondest memory of your Hofstra experience?:
Winning the conference championship in the longest game in NCAA history.