Ramo Badohoun Bio
Africa Rush Technical Director
Coach “Ramo” Badohoun left Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA after completing three seasons as Head coach men's soccer program. Under his guidance, the men’s soccer team has shown improvement on and off of the field.
In 2012, the Badohoun guided the Lions back to the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs for the first time since 2002. Under Badohoun's tutelage, a trio of players earned All-Commonwealth Coast Conference recognition in 2012.
In his first year leading the team, Badohoun was able to win more games than any ENC men's soccer squad in the last decade. The Lions barely missed securing a CCC playoff berth in 2010.
Badohoun brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience. Through the years he has used soccer as a source of ministry to teach life lessons and Human values. His coaching philosophy is based on four leadership characteristics: Optimism, Cheerfulness, Creativity, and Perseverance in the face of struggle. He strives to integrate those characteristics in his teaching and coaching everywhere he goes.
Born in Togo, West Africa where he lived, much of Badohoun’s childhood was spent in France. Ramo joined Entente Sportive of Wasquehal (.E.S.W.) where he played with Jose Saezbefore signing for the rival club Lille Olympic Sporting Club Academy where he received soccer training, a professional soccer club in northern France, alongside professional and international players such Mathieu Delpierre, Mathieu Maton, Benoit Cheyrou, Matt Moussilou, Stéphane Dumont, and the most famous Frank Ribery (FC Bayern Munich, Germany) etc…
Ramo almost follow the same pathway as his peers, when at the age of 17, he received an offer to join Racing Club of Tournai, a semi-professional team in the south of Belgium upon graduating from high school, but due to injury was unable to continue with the team.
Badohoun moved to the United States in 2003 to pursue soccer development as a player and coach. His coaching has taken him from Alaska to Nevada where his presence has assisted his players to reach the youth national level of competition and improve their chances of playing at the Division I level in college. In Nevada, Badohoun coached with the Nevada Wonders Academy (Carson City) and on numerous occasions he has assisted with the U.S. Olympic Development Program teams from Alaska to Nevada.
In April 2005, he was scooted by the former Togo National Head Stéphane Keshi who motivated him to join Togo National team. In December 2005, Badohoun was called into camp for the Togo National Team in preparation for the 2006 African Nations Cup and 2006 World Cup and fell short of making the final team. Following this, Badohoun received a full scholarship to play soccer at Hope International University in California where he majored in Business Management and minored in Psychology.
Following college, Badohoun was offered a contract to play with the Seattle Sounders after successful trials with Seattle Sounders alongside his fellow Frenchman, Sébastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union MLS), before he failed to sign due to a disagreement with his agent and opted to continue on the coaching path.
In August of 2007, Badohoun joined ENC as Assistant Coach on the women’s soccer team while utilizing his technical expertise in the Information Technology Services department as a Help Desk Specialist.
Badohoun has been a coach and mentor to many players in TCSR ACADEMY, his own soccer club and program created in 2003 in Alaska. Through TCSR Academy, he organized several trips to France, allowing his players to experience soccer competition in Europe.
Badohoun is a licensed coach in both the USSF and NSCAA organizations.
Badohoun resides in Hesperia, CA.