Oshoniyi Added to Wake Forest Men's Soccer Staff

March 17, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Adegboyega "Bo" Oshoniyi has joined the Wake Forest men's soccer staff, head coach Jay Vidovich announced on Tuesday. Oshoniyi will work primarily with the Demon Deacon goalkeepers.

"We're very happy to have Bo join our soccer family," Vidovich said. "He has a tremendous background. Bo has won championships at the collegiate and professional levels. He's played for some of the most respected coaches in the U.S. He appears to be a perfect match for our program as he is a good, positive person and relates well to people. He's ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work."

"I'm very excited to join a high-quality program like Wake Forest," Oshoniyi said. "Being able to coach side-by-side with Coach Vidovich will be a great experience. Hopefully I can bring some of my past experiences to bring the program up to an even higher level."

Oshoniyi joins the Demon Deacons after serving one season as an assistant at USF. While there, he helped to develop goalkeeper Jeff Attinella into one of the top keepers in the country. Attinella finished the 2008 season with a 0.68 goals against average, allowing 14 goals in 1853 minutes played. He recorded 10 shutouts and finished the season with a record of 14-4-2.

USF enjoyed the best season in program history in 2008, finishing the year with a 15-5-3 record and winning the 2008 Big East Tournament Championship, the first in program history. The Bulls advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, before they were defeated by Wake Forest.

A member of the World University Games team, Oshoniyi is the founder of the USA Goalkeeper Academy and has served as the Director of Coaching at Harrisonville Soccer Club and was an assistant coach for the University of Missouri-Kansas City men's soccer team. He has also been the head varsity girls coach at Saint Thomas Aquinas High in Missouri and a boys varsity assistant at Shelton High in Connecticut.



Oshoniyi has also been a staff member for the Kansas City Wizards Soccer Camps along with the Soccer Plus GK Academy, Star GK Academy and No. 1 GK Academy.

Oshoniyi enjoyed a 12 year professional career in the United States. He spent time with two Major League Soccer teams as a member of the Columbus Crew in 1996 and the Kansas City Wizards from 2000-06. Oshoniyi recorded the first win in Crew history and also assisted on a goal after kicking the ball the length of the field where Brian McBride headed the ball into the net.

The Wizards won the MLS Championship during Oshoniyi's first year in 2000 and also won two Western Conference championships in 2000 and 2004. The first African-American goalkeeper to start a game in the MLS, Oshoniyi was honored as the U.S. Soccer Foundation "Humanitarian of the Year" in 2006.

A member of the U.S. U-23 National Team, Oshoniyi also spent time with four A-League teams and trained with Ajax of Amsterdam.

A two-time All-American, Oshoniyi played his college soccer at Southern Connecticut State University, where he led the Owls to two NCAA Division II National Championships and four straight New England Collegiate Conference Championships. He was named the Final Four Most Valuable Player twice. Oshoniyi was honored with the Golden Boot Award, given to the nation's top collegiate goalkeeper, following his senior season. He set the Division II record for most shutouts in a career with 50 during his time at SCSU.

Oshoniyi holds a USSF National "A" license and was an assistant coach for the U.S. U-17 National Team, as well as a Region I Olympic Development evaluator.

Oshoniyi graduated from SCSU in 1994 with a degree in marketing, finance and communications. He and his wife, Tippi, have a son, Xander, who is 18 months old.

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