Oshoniyi emphasizes family, respect, honor, and integrity during introductory address
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 2, 2014) – At a special introductory reception Thursday, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics introduced Adegboyega “Bo” Oshoniyi as the new leader of the ETSU men’s soccer program.
Oshoniyi, who enjoyed a 10-year MLS playing career before serving as an assistant coach at South Florida, Wake Forest, and, most recently, Penn State, inherits a program which earned the Atlantic Sun Championship title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here at this fine institution to continue to build this program,” Oshoniyi said. “It has been a dream of mine to have my own program, to run a program like I know it can be ran, and make sure that we produce winners both on and off the field.”
Oshoniyi spent the past three seasons (2011-13) as an assistant at Penn State where he worked with goalkeepers and played a key role in recruiting, helping lead the Nittany Lions to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 2012 and 2013. The Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native emerged from a field of hundreds of candidates to become the second head coach in ETSU men’s soccer program history.
“As we looked at a lot of different coaches, we had a profile of the individual we wanted to bring in,” ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander said. “That was somebody who was a winner, had great integrity, could take our program to the next level, and could be a great role model for our players. We found the right person with the right fit. I think there are great days ahead for ETSU Soccer.”
With his wife and three children looking on, in addition to his newly-inherited team and fellow ETSU coaches and administrators, Oshoniyi emphasized the importance of family and togetherness in maintaining a successful program on and off the field.
“I am truly blessed to have a family that understands the demands of coaching in college athletics,” Oshoniyi said. “Now, I have a family of 26 [student-athletes]. I want to make sure that we always work together as a family. I think when we do that that, we’ll have success.
“I like to say that individual players will win us games, but teams will win us championships, and we are going to be a championship team,” Oshoniyi said. “We’re not just looking to win the Southern Conference. We are looking to win the Southern Conference, get into the NCAA Tournament, and make a run at it.”
In addition to continuing to build upon ETSU’s rich soccer history, Oshoniyi is focused on maintaining the program’s strong tradition of academic excellence.
“It’s very important to me to make sure our student-athletes here are doing everything possible to have academic success,” Oshoniyi said.
Last season marked the third consecutive year the ETSU men’s soccer team earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award. The program also placed a player, senior midfield Itode Fubara, on the NSCAA Scholar All-America Team.
“Ideally, everyone wants to go on and play professional soccer, but the reality is that the numbers just don’t add up,” Oshoniyi said. “Ensuring that they have a quality education is something that is dear to me and is something that I’ll make sure that we do.”
Oshoniyi, who will begin head coaching duties immediately, plans to assemble a coaching staff in the coming weeks.
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