JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 27, 2014) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday that Penn State assistant coach Adegboyega “Bo” Oshoniyi has been named head coach of the Buccaneers’ men’s soccer program.
Oshoniyi, who has spent the last three seasons (2011-13) at Penn State and was also an assistant coach at Wake Forest for two seasons (2009-10), 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 ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander. “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 Championships in 2013. 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.”
Oshoniyi helped the Nittany Lions capture the program's first regular season Big Ten title in seven years, as PSU garnered a 3-1-2 conference record in 2012. The Lions were staunch defensively, allowing just over one goal-per-game during the season as they went unbeaten in their final four regular season conference contests. While at Penn State, Oshoniyi’s responsibilities included working with goalkeepers and playing a key role in recruiting.
In his first season at Penn State, Oshoniyi helped tutor freshman goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton, the Big Ten leader in goals-against-average and save percentage. Wolverton also became the school's all-time single-season shutout leader with 12 a season ago.
Oshoniyi joined the Penn State staff after serving for two seasons as an assistant coach under Jay Vidovich at Wake Forest. Working primarily with the goalkeepers, he helped lead the ACC power to a total of 25 wins. In his first season at Wake Forest in 2009, the Demon Deacons posted a 17-4-3 record, captured the ACC regular season title, and advanced to the College Cup. Under Oshoniyi's tutelage that season, the Demon Deacon goalkeepers compiled a 0.77 goals against average and registered 10 shutouts.
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.
Oshoniyi holds a USSF National "A" license and has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. U-17 National Team, as well as a Region I Olympic Development evaluator. A highly sought after clinician, he has also been a staff member for the Kansas City Wizards Soccer Camps along with the SoccerPlus, Star, and No. 1 Goalkeeper Academies. He also previously served as Director of Coaching at Harrisonville Soccer Club in Kansas City and was the head varsity girls coach at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Missouri and the boys' varsity assistant at Shelton High School in Connecticut.
Oshoniyi graduated from Southern Connecticut State in 1994 with a degree in marketing, finance and communications. He and his wife, Tippi, have two sons, Xander, 6, and Rennick, 1, and a four-year-old daughter, Londyn.