Dartmouth Tabs Ex-MLS Keeper as Next Men’s Soccer Coach

  • Bo Oshoniyi.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hanover — Dartmouth College once handed the coaching reins of its men’s soccer program to a professional goalkeeper. Things worked out pretty well with Bobby Clark in charge.

The school is taking that tack again, naming former professional keeper Bo Oshoniyi as the team’s new head coach on Tuesday. Oshoniyi takes over for Chad Riley, who left the Big Green in January to succeed the retiring Clark at Notre Dame.

A veteran of Major League Soccer’s debut season in 1996, the 46-year-old Oshoniyi comes to Hanover having guided the East Tennessee State men’s soccer program the past four years. The Bucs won the last two regular-season Southern Conference titles and posted a 13-1-6 league mark under Oshoniyi, making their debut NCAA tournament appearance in 2016. He has also coached as an assistant at Penn State, Wake Forest and South Florida and has worked with the United States under-15 national program.

Oshoniyi tended net for Southern Connecticut State in the early 1990s, guiding the Owls to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships and earning a spot in the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2009. Following his graduation in 1994, Oshoniyi played goal in the United Soccer League before being selected by the Columbus Crew in MLS’ inaugural player draft in 1996.

Oshoniyi would play 13 games for the Crew in that first season before losing his job to U.S. national team netminder Brad Friedel and eventually being released. He returned to MLS in 2000 with the Kansas City Wizards, backing up another U.S. national team goalie, Tony Meola, as the Wizards won an MLS Cup title.

Oshoniyi stayed with the Wizards for six seasons, earning the starting job in 2005.

Oshoniyi made nearly 200 appearances in goal over a 12-year professional career. His MLS numbers include 109 matches for Columbus and Kansas City with 418 saves and 24 shutouts.

“Bo brings a strong soccer background, ranging from being a collegiate All-American and MLS player to a very successful college coach,” Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy said in a news release. “He understands the role of soccer in the education of our student-athletes. Bo is a passionate teacher and is a great fit for Dartmouth.”

Oshoniyi takes over a Big Green squad that won the last four Ivy League championships and made four straight second-round appearances in the NCAA tournament. Dartmouth had two players selected in the recent MLS draft, defender Wyatt Omsberg and midfielder Matt Danilack.