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fall, AkinWale (Wale) Akintunde will be on the soccer field; last year
he was on a different fighting field. As a member of the Marine Corps,
Akintunde served in active duty in two combat tours, including a station
in Iraq. When his tour ended in August, 2005, he decided to pursue his
education and enrolled at Trinity for spring semester.
Head soccer coach
Steve DeCou came in contact with Akintunde through former soccer players
John Wind ''04 and Hassan Minter '05. These native Californians had met
Akintunde in club soccer and directed him toward Trinity.
"Wale adds an
instant presence, maturity, and leadership," said DeCou. "On the soccer
field he will help us defensively as he is physically strong and quick.
Mentally, he is also disciplined and in control on the field. Having him
on the team and on campus is a positive situation for him, the soccer program,
and the College."
of Ruth Akintunde, graduated from Don Antonio Lugo High School (Chino,
California) in 1999. During high school, he was involved in soccer, track,
and cross country. He earned all-section and all-league soccer honors and
was active in club soccer playing for the Chino United, Chino Spirit, and
Akintunde joined the Marine Corp and spent four years in the service. He
went through boot camp, School of Infantry training, and duty station at
Camp Pendleton. Sgt. Akintunde was then sent into active combat duty overseas.
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