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Senior goalie is the second Penn State player in the last three years to participate in the event
Former Virginia assistant coach Michael Behonick joins Penn State men's soccer staff
Third-year assistant coach Bo Oshoniyi named East Tennessee State's second head coach
Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State hit multiple milestones this fall
Nittany Lions travel to Big Ten Tournament next week
Men's Soccer Captures the Big Ten Title against Northwestern 10/27/13
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.
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.
Oshoniyi 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.
Oshoniyi 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 a five-year old son, Xander, and a three-year old daughter, Londyn.