There is going to be a new woman in charge at The University of Texas at El Paso this fall ... on the soccer pitch. UTEP hired defensive-minded Kathryn Balogun to be the program’s head coach.
The Colorado native brings with her a wealth of experience as a successful head coach at Texas Southern University in Houston, and from stints as assistant soccer coach at Alabama State University and Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM).
UTEP announced that it hired Balogun on Dec. 10, 2018. She spent five years with the Texas Southern Tigers, where she built a 31-13-6 record in league play and took her teams to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament every year.
“We will be extremely organized defensively,” said Balogun, who believes her style of play will get the Miners back to the Conference USA postseason tournament. “I think that’s a really important key because defense wins championships.”
She also mentioned looking forward to seeing the “awesome” fan base at University Field.
“We’re really excited to get those fans back to see what we’re bringing in and how we’ll continue to grow the program,” Balogun said. “We want to make them proud moving forward.”
The new head coach also is pleased that her former players are successful academically with a 100% graduation rate. She sees the soccer field as another classroom.
“I love being a mentor and I love leading women to become who they were destined to be,” she said.
Balogun, a solid recruiter throughout Texas, said she is excited about the level of local talent and looks forward to establishing relationships with players and programs throughout El Paso.
The new coach was a four-year starter at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, from 2004 to 2008. The three-time captain with the Camels earned multiple second team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors and played in the 2005 NCAA tournament.
The student athlete earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Campbell and her Master of Education in sports management from Auburn University at Montgomery.
The Balogun era starts Aug. 22, 2019, against Wyoming at University Field.
- Drew Bonney