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Meredith To Serve As Assistant Coach For Under-23 Women’s National Team

Rudy Meredith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rudy Meredith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Has Training Camp Set For May 13-20 In California

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rudy Meredith, the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale history, will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team this summer. Meredith will join the team at its training camp next week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will then accompany the team on a tour of Norway in June.

Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum is the team's head coach. The training camp will feature 24 of the nation's top players, some who have college eligibility remaining and some who have experience with the Women's Professional Soccer League.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with Randy and such elite players," Meredith said.

The squad will scrimmage the U.S. U-20 national team twice during the camp, squaring off on May 15 and 17 at 3 p.m. PT.

This is Meredith's second stint with U.S. Soccer. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the Under-20 Women's National Team that played three matches against top English clubs in Manchester, England. He worked primarily with the goalkeepers - Chantel Jones of Virginia and Penn State's Alyssa Naeher.

Meredith, who finished his 17th season at Yale last fall, is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the Bulldogs won a school record 15 games, captured the first outright Ivy League title in Yale history and advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history. In the second round, Yale upset third-seeded Duke 2-1, scoring the winning goal with one second left in the second half, one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the tournament. The Bulldogs were ranked 13th in the final NSCAA/adidas national poll.

In 2002, Yale made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, upsetting Villanova in the first round before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Nebraska in the second round. The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after winning 13 games and finishing second in the Ivy League.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity