ALBANY — Sade Ayinde has been hired as the next head coach of the UAlbany women’s soccer program, the school announced Wednesday. Ayinde is the 14th head coach in program history and eighth in UAlbany’s Division I era.
Ayinde comes to UAlbany having previously served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale, where she’s worked since January 2019. Ayinde’s time at Yale was focused on working with the Bulldogs’ strikers and midfielders while heading up the team’s domestic and international recruiting program.
Ayinde’s time at Yale overlapped with her tenure as a youth national team scout for U.S. Soccer. Starting in September 2017, she was assigned scouting duties for the Northeast region with a focus on New York and New Jersey.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sade Ayinde to Albany and into our Great Dane family,” UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson said in a news release. “She has experience as a player, coach and recruiter, both collegiately and professionally. From the club level to U.S. Women’s Soccer, America East, and the Lvy league, her experiences made her an ideal candidate to lead our women’s soccer program.”
Prior to joining the staff at Yale, Ayinde spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Stony Brook from 2016 through 2018. She’s also worked for the Olympic Development Program since 2015.
As a player, Ayinde was a standout striker at the University of Maryland, tallying 16 goals and 17 assists in 79 appearances from 2008-11. She then played professionally in both the U.S. and overseas in Sweden.