Francis Okaroh
Francis Okaroh

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
8th Season

Alma Mater:
Boston University, '87, '90


02/22/2013

Bustamante Signs with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls

Four-time All-Region honoree was a first round pick in January's MLS Supplemental Draft

01/22/2013

Michael Bustamante Selected by New York in MLS Supplemental Draft

Four-time All-Region honoree becomes sixth Terrier to join a Major League Soccer club

11/03/2011

Men's Soccer Earns Three America East Year-End Awards

Neil Roberts named Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons

07/08/2009

Beyond BU

08/14/2014

Men's Soccer Kicks Off Preseason

Photos from the start of head coach Neil Roberts' 30th preseason with the Terriers at Nickerson Field.

10/02/2013

Men's Soccer at Brown (10-1-13)

Photos from the Boston University men's soccer game at Brown. Credit: Steve McLaughlin

09/26/2013

Men's Soccer at Harvard (9-25-13)

Photos from the Boston University men's soccer game at Harvard. Photo Credit: Steve McLaughlin

08/14/2013

Men's Soccer Holds First Practice of 2013 Season

Photos from the Boston University men's soccer team's first practice of the 2013 season.

Former Major League Soccer and Terrier standout Francis Okaroh rejoined the Terrier staff for the 2007 season and enters his seventh year as an assistant coach. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, he was recognized for being a member of the America East's Coaching Staff of the Year after helping guide BU to America East regular season titles all three seasons and a 2008 NCAA berth.

A Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame member, Okaroh played six years in Major League Soccer (MLS) from 1996-2002 and won both an MLS Cup and MLS Defender of the Year honors in 1999. While playing for the New England Revolution in 1998, he won the Champions U.S. Open Cup, and Okaroh's Chicago Fire was the runner up for the cup in 2000. In 2007, he was nominated for the MLS Hall of Fame.

Okaroh has experience playing for the junior and senior Nigerian National teams, and has served as the head coach for the Greater Boston Bolts - the 2005 U-15 national champions. Currently, he coaches the U-14 Spirit of Massachusetts team, the U-10, U-16, and U-17 Greater Boston Soccer Club teams and the Sherborn-Dover Girls team.

He was named an All-American three times and was a four-time All-New England selection. Okaroh started all four years and led the Terriers to back-to-back berths in the NCAA Tournament in 1985 and 1986, including an appearance in the Final Eight in 1986.

Okaroh was part of the 1985 team that set program records for fewest goals allowed (11) and most shutouts (12) in a season. He finished his collegiate career with 26 goals scored. In recognition of his stellar undergraduate career, Okaroh was inducted into the BU Hall of Fame in 2006. His brother, Ben, joined him in 2010.

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