Former East Meadow Soccer Club standout Sade Ayinde has been named head women’s coach at the University at Albany.
Ayinde became the 14th women’s soccer head coach in program history, and eighth in the Division I era.
“I am beyond excited to serve as the next head coach of the UAlbany women’s soccer program,” Ayinde said in a statement. “I would like to thank Mark Benson, Vic Cegles, and Cara White for the time and effort they put into this entire process, and their belief in me to lead these young women on and off the field. UAlbany is a special place where the athletics department is continually growing and providing ways to allow its student-athletes to find success. I am grateful for all my past experiences, former players, and to all those that have helped me along the way to this moment, and I am thrilled to get started with the team.”
Ayinde joined UAlbany from her previous position as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale University. Joining the Bulldogs in January 2019, Ayinde focused her instructive efforts with forward and midfielders while heading up the domestic and international recruiting program. She coached Aerial Chavarin, a 2020 National Women’s Soccer League draft pick and the 2019 Ivy League defensive player of the year. Ayinde also was an assistant coach at Stony Brook University.
She was a standout striker at the University of Maryland. In 79 appearances over four seasons she scored 16 goals and recorded 17 assists, including her highlight junior season where she recorded 10 goals with seven assists. The Terrapins advanced to the NCAA Division I Round of 16 in 2011 and 2009, and to the Round of 32 in 2010.
After college, Ayinde playing for the New York Magic and the Long Island Rough Riders of the W-League. She also played in Sweden for Kopparberg/Göteborg FC and IF Brommapojkarna.
Before enrolling at Maryland, Ayinde was a member of the United States Youth National Pool for the Under-14, U-16, U=17, U-18, and U-20 teams. She was also, in 2007, named to the NSCA Girls Youth All-America team.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sade Ayinde to UAlbany and into our Great Dane family,” UAlbany director of athletics Mark Benson said in a statement. “She has experience as a player, coach and recruiter, both collegiately and professionally. From the club level to US Women’s Soccer, America East, and the Ivy league, her experiences made her an ideal candidate to lead our women’s soccer program. As an athletic department we strive to support our student-athletes in becoming Great Leaders, Great Champions and Great Danes. Sade shares those core values and is a great fit for the Great Danes.”
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