Team Captures Interregional Championship In Florida
Yale men's soccer coach Brian Tompkins continues to make an impact with the Under-15 Region 1 (East) Olympic Development team. Tompkins, who was named the team's coach last May, guided Region 1 to the U15 ODP Interregional Tournament title last weekend at the IMG Academy Complex in Bradenton, Fla.
Tompkins' team beat Region 3 (South) 3-1 on Friday, knocked off Region 4 (Far West) on Saturday and then concluded the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Region 2 (Midwest).
The team captain for the event was Cole Spofford, the son of former Yale soccer player Dave Spofford '88.
The next ODP events will be a training camp at Penn State in January and then the team will participate in a tournament in Turin, Italy, in April.
The primary mission of ODP is to identify elite level players and facilitate their selection to the U.S. National Team programs. The selection process takes place through state, regional and national trials. The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train and play against the best players in their age group, allowing the best players to further their development.
Tompkins, who completed his 18th season as Yale's head coach last fall, has been on the Region 1 staff since 2008, serving as an assistant coach for the Under-15 team and for one year with the Under-14 team.
At Yale, Tompkins is the second-winningest men's soccer coach in school history with 138 victories. In 2005, Tompkins guided Yale to its first Ivy League title since 1991. The Bulldogs finished with a 10-4-4 overall record, were 5-1-1 in Ivy play and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the sixth time in school history. In 1999, Tompkins led the Bulldogs to a school-record 13 wins, an appearance in the College Cup and a final national ranking of 18th.
Eight of Tompkins' players at Yale have gone on to play professionally, including Ryan Raybould '05, who spent three seasons with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer before playing professionally in Sweden, and current assistant coach Jay Alberts, who was chosen in the fourth round of 2004 draft by the Wizards.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity