Sohaila Akhavein is beginning her second 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.
"I'd like to thank John Malin and the entire search committee for this amazing opportunity and for entrusting me to lead the women's soccer program. I look forward to being on campus with the student-athletes, as well as investing in the players and tapping into what will make this program consistently competitive in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,” added Akhavein.