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Tompkins Selected As Coach For 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine

Brian Tompkins. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brian Tompkins. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

52 College Seniors Will Take Part In Combine In January

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale men's soccer coach Brian Tompkins has been selected as a coach for the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine. Fifty-two college seniors from 31 Division I schools have been invited to the annual player combine, which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 6-10.

Tompkins joins Princeton's Jim Barlow and Washington's Jamie Clark as coaches at the combine. Additional coaches will be announced at a later date.

"I am honored to be asked to coach at the MLS Combine," Tompkins said. "It will be an exciting opportunity to observe and work with some of the very best collegiate soccer players in the country as they prepare for the upcoming MLS Draft."

Tompkins, who just completed his 16th year, has firmly established the Bulldogs as one of the most successful programs in the Northeast. His 129 victories are the third most in school history. In 10 of his 16 seasons, Yale has had a .500 or better record in Ivy League play.

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. Brian Roberts '04 spent three years playing for the Wizards. Roberts became the first Yale player to start an MLS game when he played 79 minutes against Real Salt Lake in July of 2005. Brian Lavin '01, a three-time first team All-Ivy selection, was picked by the Wizards in the fifth round of the MLS SuperDraft in 2002. Jay Alberts was chosen in the fourth round of 2004 draft by the Wizards and spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the A-League Minnesota Thunder. He also played with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the A-League. Matt Schmidt '01 played with Alberts with the Thunder and also was a member of the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League, earning All-Star recognition in 2006.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity