Trio Bring Strong Credentials To Program
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three new faces have joined Brian Tompkins' men's soccer coaching staff. Hiro Suzuki '00, who captained the 1999 Bulldogs to a school-record 13 wins, Cailean Bailey, who helped guide Valparaiso to 19 victories over the last two years, and Jay Alberts '03, a four-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale, have been named assistant coaches.
"I am delighted to welcome our new coaching staff and am excited at the prospect of watching their impact on the day-to-day functioning and performance of our student-athletes," Tompkins said. "They bring energy, enthusiasm and a variety of experiences with them, and I anticipate that they will be outstanding teachers, recruiters and role models. I'm especially pleased to be able to bring some of Yale's very best soccer alumni onto the staff. It has long been a dream of mine and I am thrilled to have them on board."
Suzuki played a key role in one of the most successful stretches in the long history of Yale Soccer. During his four years, the Bulldogs won 44 games, including posting a 17-9-2 mark in Ivy League play. As a senior, he helped Yale to a thrilling victory over Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He was a second team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore and senior and earned first team recognition in his junior year. In all, he started 65 games for the Bulldogs, scored 10 goals and added 15 assists.
Suzuki also excelled off the field. He was the recipient of the Yale Athletic Department's 2000 Thomas W. Ford Community Outreach Award and participated in the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in 1999. In addition, he was a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection.
Suzuki served as a volunteer assistant coach under Tompkins in 2001, and also has coaching experience with the San Diego Soccer Club Pegasus and with PQ Premier.
He earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management in 2006.
"Hiro was a fantastic player and leader during his time at Yale and brings outstanding creativity and charisma both on and off the field," Tompkins said. "He is one of the best soccer-thinkers that I have coached in my time at Yale and will bring a tremendous amount of first-hand experience to the playing and academic environments. His affable personality, drive and enthusiasm are infectious, and he will make an immediate impact on all areas of the program. I am delighted to welcome him home to New Haven."
Bailey, who will work with the goalkeepers in addition to his other duties, spent the last two years at Valparaiso. The Crusaders posted a 19-15-4 overall record during his tenure, the best two-season mark in program history. He tutored 2009 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year Ryan Schwarz, and helped Valpo post a 0.80 goals against average and allow only 16 goals in 2010, both school records.
Bailey also served as the head coach of the NWI United U17 boys squad and was the goalkeeper trainer for the Indiana Olympic Development Program.
Bailey was a four-year letterwinner at Illinois College, where he served as team captain for three seasons. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications and rhetorical science as well as a bachelor's degree in management and organizational leadership (sport) in 2008. He then completed his master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso in 2010.
"Cailean joins us having been involved in the recent ascendance of the Valparaiso program and has established himself as a respected teacher and recruiter," Tompkins said. "He will have special responsibility for our goalkeepers but will be involved in all aspects of the program, and I believe his passion and energy for the game will be a huge asset in developing our competitive culture."
Alberts, who will serve as a volunteer assistant coach, is one of the most decorated players in Yale Soccer history. He was one of only five players in Ivy League history to be named first team All-Ivy four times and finished his career at Yale second in career assists with 22 and fifth in points with 62. He became the first Yale player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1999 after finishing with 21 points, the most ever by a Yale freshman.
Alberts was chosen in the fourth round of 2004 Major League Soccer draft by the Kansas City Wizards. He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the A-League Minnesota Thunder and also played with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the A-League.
"Jay was an all-time great player in the Ivy League and one of the most relentless competitors ever to wear Yale blue," Tompkins said. "His experiences at Yale and in the professional game will provide a great mentor and example for our players on and off the soccer field."
Photo caption: Cailean Bailey, top left, Hiro Suzuki, top right, Jay Alberts, bottom
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity