Blackburn College

Blackburn College Athletics
700 College Avenue Carlinville, IL 62626
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Very Small Developing team


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Sohaila Akhavein

Sohaila Akhavein will begin her fourth season as Head Women's Soccer Coach. Akhavein came to Blackburn from the Oshkosh United Soccer Club in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Collegiate coaching experience includes a stint as an assistant coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. In 2013, Akhavein helped the Ripon to a program best 10-7-1 record. Akhavein has also served as the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Oshkosh North High school for eight years.

A 2011 graduate of Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Akhavein has also spent time coaching the Oshkosh Youth Soccer Club as well as the Sports Coordinator at the YMCA in Oshkosh.

Upon being hired as Head Women's Soccer Coach in 2017, Akhavein said, "I am extremely honored and excited to take this position and become part of the Blackburn College community. I have been fortunate to have some incredible mentors throughout my coaching career that have helped me gain the experience and knowledge to get to this point. "

"I am most excited to be able to teach and help these student-athletes to be successful both on and off the field,” said Akhavein.

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Alexis Richie

Alexis Richie enters her third season as the assistant women's soccer coach. Richie enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Beavers which culminated in her earning 2nd Team All-SLIAC honors as a senior. Richie is a graduate of Blackburn earning her degree in Sports Management. Richie is a graduate of Carlinville High School where she played four years of varsity soccer for former Blackburn head coach Tim Gould.

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