ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Kwame Oduro has been appointed the seventh head coach in the history of the St. Bonaventure men's soccer program.
Over the past four years, Oduro was an assistant coach at Canisius College. During his time there under head coach Dermot McGrane, Oduro helped turn around the fortunes of the Canisius program. Last 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 has 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.
"I am so excited to be joining the St. Bonaventure athletic family," said Oduro. "I look forward to the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead of me. There are 206 programs in Division I and to be a head coach of one of them is truly a dream come true. We will strive to work hard and be disciplined in everything we do. A big thanks to (associate athletics director) Steve Campbell, (director of athletics) Steve Watson, (St. Bonaventure President) Sister Margaret Carney, the search committee and all the athletic staff who made this opportunity possible."
Oduro takes the reins of a St. Bonaventure team which went 1-15 last season, but will return a eight talented underclassmen. Oduro replaces Mel Mahler, who resigned after 10 seasons at the helm of the Bonnies.
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, who was born in April 2014.
He will officially begin his coaching duties in January.