Yeagley tabbed to lead UW men's soccer program


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Todd Yeagley, a former national player of the year who also won two NCAA championships as an assistant coach, has been named head coach of the University of Wisconsin mens soccer program, UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Thursday.

Yeagley, 36, comes to Madison following a six-year stint as assistant coach at Indiana University, his alma mater. He becomes the fifth head coach in the history of the UW program.

I am very pleased to be adding an outstanding coach like Todd to our staff, Alvarez said. His list of accomplishments as a collegiate student-athlete, professional athlete and coach are impressive.

I know our mens soccer student-athletes will benefit greatly from Todds experiences as a player and coach who has competed and thrived at the games highest levels. Were looking forward to him joining the Badger family.

The move to the head coaching ranks is a natural one for Yeagley, who has found success at each of his stops in both the college and professional games over the past 17 years.

I would like to thank the entire Indiana soccer family for preparing me for this wonderful opportunity, Yeagley said. I look forward to utilizing my experience as a player and coach to develop individuals and teams of championship caliber at the University of Wisconsin.

Returning to Bloomington in 2003 following a seven-year professional playing career, Yeagley did his part to continue the legacy established at Indiana by his father, Jerry Yeagley, the winningest mens soccer coach in NCAA Division I history and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Yeagley served as a volunteer assistant coach for his fathers 31st and final season as coach in 2003 and served as a full-time assistant under current IU head coach Mike Freitag beginning in 2004. This season, College Soccer News named Yeagley one of the top 12 assistant coaches in the nation.

The Hoosiers won back-to-back NCAA championships in Yeagleys first two years on the bench, going a combined 36-7-6 over the course of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Yeagley helped IU to Big Ten Conference tournament championships in both 2003 and 2006, with the team most recently advancing to the title match of the 2008 league tournament. The Hoosiers also won the Big Ten regular-season title four times (2003, 04, 06, 07) and qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of Yeagleys six seasons as an assistant.

In five years as a full-time assistant, Yeagley coached nine NSCAA/adidas All-Americans and had nine players drafted by Major League Soccer clubs, including 2004 Hermann Trophy award winner Danny ORourke.

In all, the Hoosiers advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of Yeagleys 10 seasons as a player or assistant coach. They also won five Big Ten tournament titles and six regular-season league crowns while amassing a total record of 166-40-30 (.767) during his time at IU.

Before his coaching career began in 2003, Yeagley enjoyed a seven-year run as a player with the Columbus Crew of MLS. He was selected by the Crew in the inaugural MLS SuperDraft in 1996 and went on to play in 138 games, making 113 starts.

Columbus advanced to the MLS Playoffs in five of Yeagleys seven seasons with the team and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002.

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Yeagley joined the Crews front office as the teams assistant general manager.

A four-time All-American, Yeagley led the Hoosiers to three Big Ten titles (1991, 92, 94) and a 75-9-5 overall record during his four seasons as a player.

As a freshman in 1991, Yeagley earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and was part of the Hoosiers run to the inaugural Big Ten tournament title and a berth in the NCAA championship game. He earned second-team All-America honors after scoring a conference-leading 12 goals and adding 11 assists.

Yeagley led IU back to the NCAA title match as a senior in 1994, the same season he earned the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year award after tallying 10 goals and 11 assists.

He remains third on IUs career assists list, with 40 for his career, and shares the Big Ten single-season assists record with the 14 he recorded in 1993.

Yeagley earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He and his wife, Suzy, have three children: Ben (8), Grant (6) and Jay (3).

For the 2009 season, Yeagley inherits a UW team that returns 13 letterwinners and nine of its top 12 scorers from a squad that went 9-7-3 in 2008.

The University of Wisconsin has a great history of commitment to academic and athletic excellence, and I look forward to elevating the mens soccer program to new levels of success, Yeagley said. Im thrilled to become part of the family of UW mens soccer student-athletes and alumni.

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