Head Coaching Position Endowed In Honor Of Current Coach Rudy Meredith

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

Bulldog Mentor Getting Set To Begin 19th Season At Helm Of Program

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Athletic Department announced today that the position of head coach for the women's soccer team has been endowed. The name of the endowment is quite familiar, the Rudolph L. Meredith Head Coach of Women's Soccer.

Meredith, the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale history, is set to begin his 19th season at the helm of the Bulldogs in 2013. During his tenure, he has amassed 181 victories and firmly established Yale as one of the most successful and respected women's soccer programs in the Northeast.

Meredith is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and has 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.

Several individuals have earned accolades under Meredith's tutelage. Lorelei Wall '00 was named Yale's first Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and went on to receive first team All-Ivy honors the next three years. Crysti Howser was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2005, and Christina Huang became only the second Yale player to earn All-America recognition when she was named to the second team in 2005. In 2010, Yale had both the league's player of the year (Becky Brown) and the co-rookie of the year (Kristen Forster). Meredith has coached 25 players to first team All-Ivy honors during his tenure. In 2011, Melissa Gavin became the fourth player in school history to be named the league's rookie of the year.

In the summer of 2012, Meredith served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team. Meredith joined the team at its training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and then accompanied the team on a tour of Norway. Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum was the team's head coach. The training camp featured 24 of the nation's top players, some who had college eligibility remaining and some who had experience with the Women's Professional Soccer League.

Meredith worked with Under-23 team again in the spring of 2013, serving as an assistant coach at the team's training camp

Meredith also had a stint with U.S. Soccer in 2007 when 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.

Prior to being named head coach at Yale shortly before the start of the 1995 season, Meredith served three years as an assistant coach under Felice Duffy. In his first year as an assistant, the Bulldogs captured their first Ivy League title, sharing the crown with Brown.

This endowed position was made possible by an anonymous donation in support of the women's soccer coaches and the Yale University women's soccer program.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity