Third-straight year men's soccer honored
Hoosiers welcome eight newcomers for the 2015 season.
Head Coach Todd Yeagley, senior Luis Soffner and sophomore Eriq Zavaleta meet with the media before Sunday's national title game against Georgetown.
Head coach Todd Yeagley, goalkeeper Luis Soffner, midfielder Femi Hollinger-Janzen, defender Caleb Konstanski at the Indiana vs. Creighton postgame press conference.
The team walked the game field the day before its match against Creighton in the semifinals of the 2012 College Cup.
Eriq Zavaleta, Jacob Bushue, Luis Soffner and head coach Todd Yeagley at the IU at UNC Postgame Press Conference in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers won 1-0 to advance to the 2012 College Cup.
Head coach Todd Yeagley and sophomore Eriq Zavaleta recap Indiana's 2-1 double overtime win at Notre Dame in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Todd Yeagley was named Indiana head men's soccer coach on December 18, 2009 and is entering his fifth year as the Hoosiers' leader.
In the fall of 2013 Yeagley earned the trifecta as head coach at IU when the Hoosiers won the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, defeating Michigan, regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Penn State, and Michigan State.
That gave Yeagley the distinction of earning a Big Ten regular season title (2010), NCAA Championship (2012) and Big Ten Tournament championship (2013) in his first four seasons at the helm of the program.
The Big Ten tournament title also ensured the Hoosiers would make their 27th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2013 squad saw senior midfielders A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov, senior defender Jacob Bushue and freshman forward Tommy Thompson earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Thompson was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
In just his third season as head coach, Yeagley led Indiana to the 2012 NCAA title, the eighth championship in IU history. The Hoosiers became the first No. 16 seed to win the championship, compiling victories over Xavier, at No. 1 Notre Dame, at No. 9 North Carolina, No. 12 Creighton and No. 3 Georgetown during their tournament run.
Yeagley was named 2012 Soccer America Coach of the Year as he and his father Jerry become the only father-son duo to have won Division I men's soccer championships.
In 2012 seven Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors, led by Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Eriq Zavaleta. A.J. Corrado joined Zavaleta on the All-Big Ten first team, while Nikita Kotlov, Jacob Bushue and Caleb Konstanski were second-team honorees. Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Richard Ballard were named to the all-freshman squad.
Following the 2012 season the Hoosiers had a trio of Major League Soccer Draft picks. Zavaleta was selected 10th overall by the Seattle Sounders, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner was the 36th overall selection of the New England Revolution. Konstanski was taken by the Chicago Fire in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Since returning to his alma mater, Yeagley has produced eight Major League Soccer Draft picks, 25 All-Big Ten honorees (10 first-team selections) and four Big Ten Player of the Year selections.
Under Yeagley's direction the Hoosiers have had 33 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, with that number going up each season (8-2010; 10-2011; 12-2012; 13-2013). The Hoosiers have also had a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in each of his four years (2010-Tyler McCarroll; 2011-Harrison Petts; 2012-A.J. Corrado; 2013-A.J. Corrado), with Corrado earning third-team Academic All-America honors in 2013. The Hoosiers have twice been honored with an APR Recognition Award (2011, 2013).
In 2011 the Hoosiers made their fourth-straight trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, falling to eventual national champion UNC by a 1-0 score in overtime. IU posted a 13-4-5 overall record, outscoring opponents 39-19.
Under Yeagley direction Indiana produced the Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Eriq Zavaleta) and five first-team All-Big Ten honorees (Zavaleta, Tommy Meyer, Chris Estridge, Nikita Kotlov, Alec Purdie). Meyer (LA Galaxy) and Estridge (Vancouver Whitecaps) were selected in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, while Purdie was taken by the New England Revolution in the MLS Supplemental draft.
Yeagley's first year in 2010 was a memorable one as he led Indiana to its first Big Ten regular season title since 2007, as well as its third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament round of 16.
In Yeagley's first season the Hoosiers saw marked improvement in their offensive production, with forward Will Bruin ranking among the nation's leaders in goals scored with 18. Bruin was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was runner-up for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, as well as a first-team All-American. Yeagley also took home his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award.
Following his inaugural season at the helm, three Hoosier players signed contracts with Major League Soccer. Bruin was the 11th overall pick of the Houston Dynamo, while defender Rich Balchan was taken 12th overall by the Columbus Crew. Midfielder Andy Adlard also signed a contract with the Crew.
Yeagley returned to his Hoosier roots after one season as head coach at Wisconsin. At Wisconsin, Yeagley took the helm of a program that had won just one game in conference play the previous year.
In Yeagley's year in Madison, the Badgers showed demonstrable improvement as the season rolled along. Wisconsin knocked off three conference opponents with wins over eventual NCAA Tournament teams in Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State. It also played NCAA participant UC Santa Barbara to a 1-1 tie at a neutral site. The Badgers tied Indiana for fourth place in the conference at 3-3 after finishing in last place (1-4-1) the year prior to Yeagley's arrival.
Considered one of collegiate soccer's rising stars in the coaching ranks, College Soccer News rated Yeagley as one of the top-12 assistant coaches in the country in 2008.
Yeagley's coaching career began at Indiana in 2003 as a volunteer assistant before taking over a full-time assistant position in 2004.
As a player, Yeagley was a four-time All-American at Indiana (1991-94) and in 1994 was named the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year. During his stint as a student-athlete in Bloomington, Yeagley was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He led the Hoosiers to three Big Ten titles (1991, 1992, 1994) and a 79-9-5 overall record.
He remains third on IU's career assists list with 40, and shares the Big Ten single-season assists record with the 14 he recorded in 1993.
After his playing days at Indiana, Yeagley also enjoyed a successful seven-year professional career in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew. Columbus advanced to the MLS Playoffs in five of Yeagley's seven seasons with the team and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002.
In 2002, Yeagley served as the Assistant General Manager for Columbus before returning to the Hoosiers.
Yeagley is a member of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and in 2013 was inducted into the Monroe County Hall of Fame.
Yeagley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He and his wife, Suzy, have three children: Ben (13), Grant (11) and Jay (8).
2009 (Wisconsin): 7-9-2 (3-3-0 B1G)
2010: 10-8-2 (4-1-1 B1G) - Big Ten Regular Season Champions; NCAA Round of 16 (No. 14 seed)
2011: 13-4-5 (3-1-2 B1G) - NCAA Round of 16 (No. 9 seed)
2012: 16-5-3 (3-2-1 B1G) - NCAA Champions (No. 16 seed)
2013: 8-12-2 (2-4 B1G) - Big Ten Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament
2014: 12-5-5 (3-3-2 B1G) - NCAA Tournament (No. 5 seed)
TOTAL: 66-43-19 (18-14-6 B1G)
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