Dec. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass today named Todd Yeagley to be IU's third head men's soccer coach. Yeagley takes command of the illustrious program after an expansive national search in which several candidates were contacted and interviewed by Indiana University faculty members and athletics administrators. A four-time All-American and National Player of the Year at Indiana, Yeagley returns to Bloomington after serving as the head soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin.
"Todd Yeagley is a noted recruiter and motivator who has the maturity, presence, and experience to successfully lead the nation's premier college soccer program," Glass said. "Coach Yeagley was a legendary player and is an experienced Big Ten coach, and last season he guided Wisconsin to substantial improvement in conference play in his first year in Madison. Todd Yeagley is the complete package and I am thrilled to welcome him back to Bloomington."
Yeagley will receive the same compensation package enjoyed by his predecessor, including a base salary of $96,635.
"It is an honor to be selected to lead the Indiana University men's soccer program," Yeagley said. "Suzy and I are excited to return to our beloved alma mater and raise our three boys in a wonderful college town.
"I would like to thank the University of Wisconsin for the opportunity to coach at such a fine institution and athletics department. Indiana University is the gold standard for college soccer and I am looking forward to building upon our rich standard of excellence."
Glass and Indiana University Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Reynolds, who contacted several candidates and schools about the coaching vacancy, led the search for a new head coach. After a series of off-campus interviews, three candidates were invited to Bloomington for an extensive series of interviews with Glass and members of a search advisory committee consisting of Reynolds, members of the Indiana University faculty, and various athletics administrators. The three candidates visited on three separate days concluding on Wednesday of this week. After consulting with the search advisory committee on Thursday, which unanimously recommended Yeagley for the position, Glass concluded to offer Yeagley the job and called him to do so late Thursday night.
"All three candidates were outstanding and each of them would have been an exceptional head coach at Indiana," Glass said. "In the final analysis, Todd emerged as the preferred candidate among excellent candidates.
"I would like to thank Barry Alvarez and the University of Wisconsin for their assistance and cooperation in the search process. The University of Wisconsin is a class institution and we appreciate their efforts in this transition."
At Wisconsin, Yeagley took the helm of a program that hadn't made the NCAA tournament in 13 seasons and had won just one game in conference play the previous season. 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 Northwestern, Ohio State, and Michigan State. They also played NCAA participant UC Santa Barbara to a 1-1 tie at a neutral site. The Badgers tied Indiana for 4th 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.
As a player, Yeagley was a four-time All-American at Indiana (91, 92, 93, 94) and in 1994 was named 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 (1992-94). 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.
He remains third on IU's 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 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 Indiana as an assistant coach. He was a volunteer assistant coach in 2003 before joining the staff full time in 2004.
Yeagley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He and his wife, Suzy, have three children: Ben (9), Grant (7) and Jay (4).
THE YEAGLEY FILE
Date of Birth: Sept. 20, 1972
Birthplace: Bloomington, Ind.
College: Indiana University, 2002 (B.S., sociology)
Children: Ben (9), Grant (7), Jay (4)
2009: Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
2004-2008: Assistant Coach, Indiana University
2003: Volunteer Assistant Coach, Indiana University
2002: Assistant General Manager, Columbus (MLS)
1996-2002: Columbus (MLS)
1991-1994: Indiana University
Awards and Honors
- 1994 Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year
- 1994 Soccer News Player of the Year
- Four-time All-American (1991, 92, 93, 94)
- Four-time All-Big Ten selection (1991, 92, 93, 94)
- Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (1992, 94)
- 1991 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year