Kwame Oduro enters his third season as the head coach of the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team in 2017. Oduro was appointed the seventh head coach in the history of the program on Dec. 18, 2014.
In Oduro's second year at the helm, the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team showed promise and growth. The Bonnies got off to a rough start in non-conference play, falling in many close contests against tough opponents, however, SBU would earn results in a two-overtime draw against Bucknell and 1-0 victory over Big 4 foe Niagara. The Bonnies would then play their best in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Finishing 3-4-1 in conference action, just nearly missing an appearance in the A-10 Tournament, St. Bonaventure continued to show a revival of its program. The Bonnies registered a thrilling home victory against A-10 power Dayton, scored a win over George Washington at home as well, picked up a win on the road at Davidson, and finished with a draw against Duquesne. In so doing, Oduro was also able to the double the program's win total for the second season in a row.
Following the season, Paul Afful was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team giving Oduro two Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selections that he has recruited and developed, the other being Kosi Nwafornso, who captured the award in 2015.
Oduro has been able to reunite the men's soccer alumni with the program. Oduro was critical in the establishing a Soccer Alumni Weekend, in partnership with the women's soccer team.
The Bonnies have also excelled in the classroom under Oduro, posting a 3.112 GPA during the fall semester of 2016.
The first season under Oduro showed a young and inexperienced men’s soccer team that showed fight throughout the 2015 season. Oduro was able to help lead the Bonnies to the program’s first conference win in nearly two years, a road victory at George Washington - the 2015 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champions.
Before coming to St. Bonaventure, Oduro was an assistant coach at Canisius College for four seasons. During his time there under head coach Dermot McGrane, Oduro helped turn around the fortunes of the Canisius program. In the 2014 season, the Golden Griffins set a school record for wins in a season with nine -- eight of the wins coming by shutout. Oduro recruited nationally-ranked high school players, All-North Atlantic Team Regional All-American players and 30 players who made the All-MAAC Academic Team. Each of the past two seasons, Canisius received the NSCAA Academic Team Award with a team GPA of at least 3.0. During Oduro's time at Canisius, the squad was ranked 30th in the nation in scoring offense in 2012 and received National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 votes numerous times.
In addition to his duties at Canisius, Oduro is also a coach for the New England Revolution Empire Youth Club team. He led the squad to two state cup championships as well as co-champions of the US Soccer Region 1 League during the 2012-13 campaign.
Prior to joining the Griffs, Oduro was a part of the coaching staff at Division II Nyack College. In his first season with Nyack, the squad won its first conference title at the Division II level, not allowing a single goal in the playoffs. While at Nyack, Oduro recruited and mentored three All-American players.
As a player, Oduro was a standout for the Niagara Purple Eagles from 2004 to 2006, helping Niagara earn back-to-back MAAC Tournament bids for the first time in the program's history during his junior and senior campaigns. In 2006, Oduro captained the Purple Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history. Niagara placed second in the MAAC standings, the program's highest finish, and ranked fifth in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region. He was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team and also earned team MVP honors.
Oduro, who was born in Accra, Ghana and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Niagara in 2007. He was a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree, while also earning selection to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team. Oduro also holds master's degrees in organizational leadership from Nyack and sports administration from Canisius.
Oduro and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Gabriella, and a son, Elijah.