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Coaching Jun 02, 2022

University of Michigan adds Sammy Boateng to women’s soccer coaching staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich.University of Michigan women’s soccer coach Jennifer Klein has announced the hiring of Sammy Boateng as an assistant coach. Boateng joins the fold after serving as the head coach at Western Michigan University for the past three seasons.

“I could not be more pleased with adding Sammy to our coaching staff and program,” said Klein. “His wealth of experience as a coach and recruiter will be a great addition to our program. In addition, his character, commitment to helping student-athletes develop as people students, and athletes, and his growth mentality will help us as a program continue to strive for success both in the classroom and on the field.”

During his time in Kalamazoo, he compiled a 20-24-3 mark, highlighted by a  6-2-2 mark during the COVID-19 shortened 2019 season.

During the fall of 2019, Boateng led WMU to a third-place finish in the Mid-American Conference and home-field advantage during the MAC Tournament after posting a 6-4-1 league record. In addition, he navigated the team through a challenging non-conference schedule, including games against Iowa, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and No. 18 Kansas.

Boateng guided junior midfielder Bailey Korhorn and senior defender Savanna Bosworth to second-team All-MAC accolades. At the same time, Otteson also pulled in regional honors, earning United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Midwest Region accolades.

He had 10 student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC honors. Senior midfielder Lydia Bajema also was a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District selection, while Korhorn and Otteson were named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes.

Before his time at Western Michigan, Boateng spent the 2018 season at Boston College as an assistant coach and was elevated to interim head coach for the latter part of the campaign. He was then promoted to the interim head coach title. He helped the Eagles to a fourth-place finish in the ACC and the program’s first trip to the league tournament since 2015 while coaching the 2018 ACC Midfielder of the Year, Samantha Coffey.

After a successful playing career at Marshall University, Boateng coached at his alma mater for a season before joining New Hampshire’s women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach from 2015-to-18. During his time at UNH, he helped the team to a regular-season title in 2017, was part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year and coached the conference’s Striker of the Year, Brooke Murphy, in 2015-16.

Boateng holds a degree in biology and a master’s in healthcare administration, both from Marshall. He left the Thundering Herd ranking third all-time in assists as a player.

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