Francis Okaroh U.S.S.F. (A) National License. Nigerian born, Francis played for the Junior and Senior National Teams in Nigeria before coming to Boston University.
Francis played six years in Major League Soccer (MLS) from 1996-2002, with New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion. While playing for the New England Revolution in 1996-97, he was twice named Defender of the Year and in 1999 and with the newly formed Chicago Fire, won the MLS Cup. In 2005, Francis was inducted in the New England Soccer Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Francis coaches with the same amount of drive and passion that he played with, so it is no surprise to learn of his coaching success. In 2007, he returned to BU and has just completed his 11 th year as assistant coach for the men’s team. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, he was recognized for being a member of the America East’s Coaching Staff of the Year after helping guide BU to America East regular season titles all three seasons.
With a U.S.S.F. (A) License, Francis has the highest level of coaching license issued by US Soccer. At the youth club level, he is the Director of Coaching at FC Blazers where his teams consistently see success in Leagues, State Cup, Region 1 and Nationally. His successes include coaching the F.C. Greater Boston Bolts Boys to the Adidas U15 Cup US Youth National Champions in 2005.
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