Former Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun is in her second season as an assistant coach under head coach Ray Leone. Balogun previously served as an assistant at American University and had a distinguished career at Maryland as a goalkeeper.
Balogun's work with Maryland's goalkeepers has paid dividends early and often. She tutored Rachel Egyed to All-Big Ten Third Team honors in 2017. Egyed became the first Maryland player to ever earn a spot on an All-Big Ten team. Maryland improved by four wins in 2017 and went through nonconference play undefeated.
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 “D” 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.