Theo Egbele returns for his 15th season with the West Virginia University women’s soccer team and his third year as the program’s director of operations.
A former Dallas resident, Egbele is responsible for organizing, implementing and maintaining all aspects of the Mountaineers’ team video and game analysis, including editing and processing opponent and self-scout videotape using game analysis software. Additionally, he performs administrative functions for the women’s soccer program.
Since Egbele’s current appointment, the Mountaineers have claimed two straight Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, one Big 12 Soccer Championship crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season. In 2015, WVU returned to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2007, was nationally ranked in the top 10 the last 15 weeks of the season, including a program-best No. 2 twice, and set WVU women’s soccer records for wins (19), shutouts (15) and goals (61).
Prior to his current appointment, Egbele served as the team’s manager from 2002-14, assisting weekly practices and games, operating the team’s video equipment at home and away matches and organizing travel equipment, ensuring proper transportation to matches.
The six-year coach of the Athletica youth club soccer team, Egbele guided teams to three straight (2013-15) state cup championships wins at the U12, U13 and U14 levels and was named the 2012 Mountaineer United Soccer Club Coach of the Year. He also coached the Preston High boys soccer team from 2005-07 and won the 2007 NCAC Coach of the Year honor.
The eight-year coach, founder and president of the WVU men’s club soccer team, Egbele previously competed for the WVU men’s soccer, football and men’s track and field teams. He graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2002.
Born and raised in Benin, Nigeria, Egbele and his wife, AdeNike, reside in Morgantown. They are parents to twins, a son, Ezekiel, and a daughter, Eliana.