Boyoko Promoted to Associate Head Coach for UCSB Women's Soccer Program

Goffin Boyoko (center).
Goffin Boyoko (center).

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Goffin Boyoko, who joined the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2017 season, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced Friday.

"Gof has been instrumental in all areas of our program since he joined it," Stumpf said. "He had a lot to do with our success last season and I have no doubt he will continue to make our program better and better."

In 2018, the Gauchos went 13-7-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the Big West, good for second-place. The team's wins included a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory on Sept. 1 at Cal. Following the season, UCSB advanced to the Big West Tournament where it defeated UC Irvine on the road before losing to Long Beach State, the league's regular season champion, in the title match. Meanwhile, for the season, the team scored 32 goals, 15 more than the previous year.

Recently the team announced the signing of 11 standout recruits to National Letters of Intent.

"I am excited about the new role," Boyoko said. "The last two years with the women's soccer program were a great experience. I am eager to keep learning and developing as a coach. Plus, having the chance to do it at UC Santa Barbara, where I earned my bachelor's degree and played for the Gauchos makes the promotion even more special."

A former Gaucho men's player, Boyoko played the 2012 and 2013 seasons in Santa Barbara after spending his first two collegiate years at Auburn University-Montgomery. As a senior, he led UCSB with eight goals and 19 points. Five of his goals were game-winners and he made 17 starts in his 21 appearances, helping the team to the NCAA Tournament. Following the season the midfielder was named Honorable Mention All-Big West. In an injury-filled junior season, Boyoko appeared in 18 games and started three. He scored two goals.

A native of Paris, France, Boyoko majored in global studies at UCSB.