COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland women’s soccer head coach Ray Leone announced the hiring of former Maryland star Yewande Balogun as assistant coach Tuesday morning. Balogun previously served as an assistant at American University.
“I am thrilled that Yewande is returning to the Terp family,” Leone said. “She exudes a true pride in her alma mater and a passion and enthusiasm for the game that is completely contagious.
She is a Maryland success story and I know our team will benefit greatly not only from her experiences as a player and a coach but from her as a person as well.”
In her lone season at American, Balogun oversaw senior goalkeeper Charlene Belanger, who saw improvements in goals against average, shutouts and save percentage from the previous year. American also performed in the classroom during Balogun’s tenure with 14 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections.
One of the most decorated goalkeepers in Maryland history, Balogun helped the Terps reach the Sweet 16 in 2009 and 2011. She was a 2010 All-ACC Academic Team and All-Tournament selection. As a freshman in 2007, Balogun was named a SoccerBuzz Freshman All-American and was selected to the ACC All-Freshman team. She was also a captain during her time in College Park.
Balogun made her mark in the Maryland record book as the all-time school leader in goals against average (0.93). She is third in goalie game started (64), sixth in saves (242) and t-2 in shutout (19). She defeated seven ranked teams, including four wins over top-10 teams, during her career.
As a prep, Balogun was one of the top goalkeeping recruits in the country out of Roosevelt High School, helping lead the Raiders to a 4A class state championship. She was involved in the US National Team as a 2007 U-20 National Camp invitee and U-14 and U-17 national team pool member. She was a two-time NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-American and 2006 high school All-American.
The Bowie, Md., native holds a USSF “E” License and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level III Diploma. She is completing her master’s degree in business administration at Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She graduated from Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
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