Ademakinwa becomes director of soccer at Shawnee State

VSN (admin) Published Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 5:30 p.m

Natasha Ademakinwa has been named director of football at Shawnee State University. Ademakinwa becomes head coach of both men’s and women’s soccer teams. She replaces Ron Goodson, who retired from coaching after 23 years at the helm of the SSU Bears.

Ademakinwa will also continue in her role as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sports Management, teaching classes for SSU.

“We are excited to have Natasha continue to coach and serve both our men’s and women’s programs with her passion, experience, dedication and leadership.” Said SSU athletic director Jeff Hamilton.

“Both teams have exceptional talent and we are confident that she will continue to build on our success.”

Ademakinwa earned her master’s degree in exercise science and coach education from West Virginia University. She holds a Bachelor of Sports Management from Ohio Valley University and a Bachelor of Psychology and Health Studies from the University of East London.

Ademakinwa joined Shawnee State as the Head Women’s Coach in 2018 after a successful stint as Club Soccer Head Coach at WVU. She started coaching in 2001 and has earned it “B” Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coaching license and member of Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association and United Soccer Coaches Association.

In her four seasons at SSU, Ademakinwa has amassed a 27-42-1 record and has continued to attract high-profile talent to play in the Mid-South Conference.

“I would like to thank Vice President Eric Braun and Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton for their trust in me and for giving me this opportunity to help continue to build the men’s program.” said Ademakinwa.

“I am excited to take on this challenge and look forward to working with a fantastic group of talented returning men and women in football.”

“This is a commitment from the State of Shawnee to build our programs for men and women and to provide the resources necessary to attend NAIA and the Mid-South Conference.” Hamilton added. “We have restructured our coaching system to allow for additional coaching help.”

Dylan Whitehead is promoted to associate head coach for the men’s program to help with continuity following Ron Goodson’s retirement. Both Whitehead and Ademakinwa look forward to the opportunity and challenges of attending the MSC.

“During these next 12-24 months, my goal is to continue building on the legacy of what Ron Goodson brought and gave to this program.” said Ademakinwa. “I look forward to working with Dylan and am confident that we will have great success together. Both teams are bringing back some exceptional talent and we can’t wait to get back to school so we can prepare for a successful 2022 season.”

The men’s teams ended the 2021 season with a 5-12-1 mark.

Shawnee State University Soccer Men’s Soccer Women’s Mid-South Conference Staff

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