From Combat to Competition  (3/23/06)
This coming 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."

Akintunde, son 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 Ontario Jets. 

Upon graduation 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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