Mekonnen Afa enters his tenth season at the University of Sioux Falls, seventh as the women's head soccer coach. Prior to the 2011 season, Afa also served as the University of Sioux Falls head men's coach.
During his ten year tenure Afa has coached 50 all-conference selections, including nine first-team players. Afa holds a 100-104-20 overall record as the men and women's head soccer coach.
In their first year at the NCAA DII level, the Cougars went 0-17-1 under Afa. USF finished last in the NSIC with a 0-15-1 record. Afa helped Mikenna Greathouse earn All-Conference honorable mention as a forward.
In their final year of transition to the NCAA DII, Afa led USF to a 8-9-1 finish in 2011, bettering their previous season's number of wins. The Cougars were ineligible for any post-season play, but Afa's offseason efforts were on display in USF's 2012 recruiting class, which featured an unprecedented seven student-athletes, who hailed from outside of South Dakota.
Afa guided the lady Cougars to a 7-9-3 overall record during the 2010 season. USF finished sixth in the conference with a 5-4-2 regular season record and qualified for a the GPAC tournament. The Cougars season ended with a tough 2-1 loss in the first round of the GPAC playoffs. Afa mentored five USF players to all-conference honorable mention honors.
In 2009, Afa led the lady Cougars to set a school record for wins in a season, posting a 10-8-1 overall standing. USF finished fifth in the conference with a 7-4-1 regular season record and qualified for the GPAC playoffs. Sophomore forward Tasia Murray earned first team all-GPAC selection, with four other Cougars earning all-conferenc recongition on either the second team or honorable mention.
The 2008 women's squad won four of their last five conference games to finish 5-5-2 in the GPAC and earn a spot in the GPAC tournament. Overall, the women finished 6-11-2 and had three players recognized by the conference for their outstanding play. Afa has been involved with soccer for many years. Afa has served as an assistant coach for the Augustana University women's soccer team. In August of 2001, he took over as the head girls' soccer coach of Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Under Afa's guidance, Roosevelt posted a 40-2-8 record. In 2002, Afa led Roosevelt to a state title and was named High School Coach of the Year.
Afa played with nationally ranked National American University for four years. Afa earned a B.S. in Business Administration from NAU in May 2000 and received a Masters of Business Administration at USF. Afa also earned his U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license.
Afa and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Mineya and Syda, and a son, Yikem.