Lincoln Athletics is proud to introduce its’ new Head Women’s Soccer Coach Emmanual Awotula. Coach Awotula comes to Lincoln from Oakland City University, where he was the head coach for the women’s soccer program as well as the Intramural Director. While at Oakland City University he posted a record of 16-14-1 and currently holds the highest winning percentage in a single season.
Prior to his time at Oakland City University Awotula coached his alma mater Tennessee Temple five years. Originally from Nigeria, he played for Tennessee Temple University for two years but due to a season ending injury he joined the coaching staff his senior year as the assistant coach for both the men and women’s soccer programs. He later became the head coach for the women’s program. In his first year at Tennessee Temple University he posted the best record in school history. He produced six players that finished top ten in GOALS, assists and goals per game. He also had two players on the all-academic team. While at Tennessee Temple University he also started their track and field team.
The committee was impressed with Coach Awotula’s ability to recruit. The institutions he has coached are small colleges not unlike Lincoln. During his time at both schools Awotula was able to bring in good players from around the country and improve on the teams previous records. When asked about his recruiting philosophy Coach Awotula says “I will go anywhere to find students who want to play”. During his interview the new coach remarked that he would like to bring in some students from his home country because of the history of Lincoln and Nigeria- he says” there are good student athletes there who would love to come to Lincoln to play where Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe earned his degree.
Coach Awotula holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee Temple University. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Education degree as well as a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Oakland City University. He is currently working on his doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Oakland City University.
Coach Awotula and his wife Jennifer have three sons: Noah (7), Isaiah (6) and Micah (4).