Severn has named Albert Oni as its new girls soccer coach, replacing longtime coach Adam Ritchie.
Oni has coaching experience at many levels, and he was most recently the head coach of the Chesapeake Charge in the Women’s Premier Soccer League and an assistant coach for the women’s program at Towson University.
Starting in 2002, Oni spent eight seasons as head coach at Mercy, earning The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Coach of the Year award in his final season in 2009 after leading the Magic to a 12-5-3 record and a trip to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game.
"I've known Albert through the IAAM the past five years and watched him while he was at Mercy, and I was always impressed with how he handled himself, how his kids played, the sportsmanship they displayed and the high level they played at," Severn athletic director Julian Domenech said. "So when his name was thrown in the hat, it seemed like a natural fit."
Oni is looking forward to further developing the emerging program at Severn, which played its first season in the IAAM A Conference last fall after enjoying past success in the B Conference under 13-year coach Ritchie.
“I’m excited -- it’s a great opportunity,” Oni said. “Severn is an amazing school with great facilities and kids, so all the necessities are there to be successful. Adam Ritchie did a great job and I just want to pick up where he left off to keep the program heading in the right direction. You want committed kids who are working hard, having fun and playing with passion. When you have all that, everything else falls into place."
Severn reached the IAAM B Conference championship game in 2011 before making the jump to the A Conference last fall, finishing 9-7-1 overall and 4-7 in league play.