A familiar face will now be leading the NYIT women’s soccer team as Karim Diallo has been promoted to head coach.
For the past two seasons, he served as the team’s assistant coach after serving in a similar role for eight years at Dowling College. Diallo had been acting as interim head coach with the Bears since the departure of Rachel Reeves for Sacred Heart in November.
“Coach Diallo is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the surrounding area,” Vélez said. “He has a tremendous soccer pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes. His relentless work ethic, passion for the game and clear vision of how to build a program capable of competing at the highest levels in the East Coast Conference and on the national stage are impressive.”
Under Diallo’s tutelage, the women’s soccer team had a breakthrough season in 2017. The Bears produced a 9-7 record — the third winning season in program history. The Bears also came within one point of earning a postseason berth for the first time in program history.
“First of all, I want to thank Dan and the entire department for trusting me to lead the program,” Diallo said. “It’s a very humbling experience. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading this program and making it as far as we can into the NCAAs.”
A native of Guinea in West Africa, Diallo came to the United States to play soccer collegiately at Dowling. His squad won three conference titles during his playing tenure with the school (1998, 2000 and 2001). He went on to play one season professionally with the Long Island Rough Riders, where he was named national Co-Defensive Player of the Year and won a USL D3 Pro League title.
Diallo then served as an assistant coach with the Dowling men for six seasons before switching to the women’s squad in that role.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in adolescence education from Dowling.
Diallo also serves as a youth trainer and coach with the East Islip and Massapequa soccer clubs and the Long Island Junior Soccer League development program.