Suzuki, who captained the 1999 Bulldogs to a school-record 13 wins, returns for his fourth year as an assistant coach in 2014.
Suzuki has had an immediate impact on the Yale program. In his first year, the Bulldogs won five more games overall than the previous season and three more Ivy games.
As a player at Yale, Suzuki had 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 head coach Brian 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,” head coach Brian Tompkins said. “He is one of the best soccer-thinkers that I have coached in my time at Yale and brings a tremendous amount of first-hand experience to the playing and academic environments. His affable personality, drive and enthusiasm are infectious.”
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Olli Harder, who has a wealth of international coaching experience, is in his first season as a member of Brian Tompkins' staff.
Most recently, Harder served as a football development officer at Club Football China, where he worked with Chinese youth players. Previously he was a Regional Coaching Director with Maestro Soccer Academy in New Jersey.
His first collegiate coaching assignment came at NJIT where he spent two seasons as goalkeeper coach.
Harder is a native of New Zealand where he played and began his coaching career. He is a graduate of the New Zealand Institute of Technology with a bachelor of sport degree. His studies included a semester in the United States at Virginia Tech.
He played in New Zealand’s Northern Premier League for two teams as their starting goalkeeper and also played for two teams in New Zealand’s highest league, the New Zealand Football Championship.
He began his coaching career at Lynfield High School at the age of 20 and was named the Northland secondary schools Coach of the Year.
“For such a young coach, Olli has extensive work experience in several countries and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge,” said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. “He brings a high level of teaching ability and terrific dynamism to our environment and his impact will be quickly felt on and off the field.”