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Oshoniyi ETSU's new soccer coach

March 27th, 2014 8:53 pm by Staff Report

Oshoniyi ETSU's new soccer coach

Penn State assistant soccer coach Adegboyega “Bo” Oshoniyi has been selected as East Tennessee State’s head coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Oshoniyi, who has spent the last three seasons at Penn State and was also an assistant coach at Wake Forest for two seasons before that, takes over the program following the departure of Scott Calabrese, who had been the program’s only head coach since its inception in 2008. 

Calabrese left earlier this year for the head coaching position at Florida International.

 “Coach Oshoniyi is a proven winner and we believe he’s the person that can take our men’s soccer program to the next level,” said Richard Sander, ETSU’s athletidc director. “Coach Calabrese set a high standard of success, and Coach Oshoniyi will continue to build on that winning tradition. He is a high-energy guy with a great personality, and we think he will be a wonderful addition to not only our university but to our entire community.”

 Oshoniyi, whose full name is pronounced AD-eh-BO-yay-ga O-shah-nee, inherits a program which won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title and earned a trip to the NCAA Championship. It was the second time in school history the Bucs have won a tournament title and made a NCAA appearance.

 “I would like to thank ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Sander, and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the young men of the ETSU men’s soccer program,” said Oshoniyi, who enjoyed a long professional playing career as a goalie. “I am committed to building a program on and off the field that will make the people of East Tennessee State University and the community proud. My family and I feel that ETSU and the Tri-Cities area will be a great fit for us, and we’re looking forward to getting settled into our new hometown. The bar is set high and that is incredibly exciting and inspiring. I can’t wait to meet our players and get to work.” 

 Prior to his time at Wake Forest, Oshoniyi was an assistant at South Florida for one season. In 2008, the Bulls went 15-5-3, won the program’s first Big East tournament title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

As a collegiate player at Southern Connecticut State University, Oshoniyi was a two-time All-America goalkeeper, leading the Owls to two NCAA Division II national championships and four straight New England Collegiate Conference titles. The Division II record holder for shutouts in a career with 50, he was named the Final Four Most Valuable Player twice and was honored with the Golden Boot Award, an award presented to the nation’s top collegiate goalkeeper, following his senior season. Oshoniyi was inducted into SCSU Hall of Fame in 2009.

After graduation, Oshoniyi embarked on a professional career in the United States that spanned 12 years and included stints with two Major League Soccer teams. Chosen by Columbus in the inaugural MLS draft, he spent the 1996 season with the club, recording the first win in Crew history. Oshoniyi, the first African-American goalkeeper to start a game in the MLS, was also a member of the Kansas City Wizards from 2000-2006, winning two Western Conference titles (2000, 2004) and the MLS Championship in 2000.

He also played professionally with the USL’s New York Centaurs (1995), Connecticut Wolves (1997), Charleston Battery (1998), and Atlanta Silverbacks (1999) and trained with Ajax Amsterdam of the Dutch national football league. He was also a member of the U.S. team that competed at the World University Games in 1993 and played with the U.S. National B team in 1994. 

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