T.J. Love, who spent six years on the staff at Cornell, including helping to lead the Big Red to the 2012 Ivy League championship, begins his third season as an assistant coach at Yale in 2018-19. He serves as the top assistant.
The Bulldogs have improved their Ivy League point total from the previous season in each of Love's first two years, and in 2017, he helped Yale to its highest Ivy finish (third) since 2005. In addition, six Bulldogs have earned All-Ivy recognition during his time on staff.
During his tenure in Ithaca, Cornell posted a 49-35-17 overall record, including four straight winning seasons from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, Love helped guide the Big Red to a 15-2 overall record, the school’s first Ivy championship since 1995 and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. Cornell was nationally ranked for much of the season and finished No. 20 in the final NSCAA poll.
Love was instrumental in changing the culture of the Cornell program. The team finished 8-2-6 in 2011 after going winless in Ivy play in 2010. In 2014, the Big Red had its fourth consecutive season above .500, allowed just 11 goals on the season and set a new school record with 11 shutouts.
Cornell broke the school record for lowest goals against average three times during his tenure.
Big Red players earned a number of individual accolades during Love’s time as well. He coached an Ivy League Player of the Year selection, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and eight first team All-Ivy honorees. The team also shined in the classroom, earning an NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2014 and having a first team Academic All-American in 2013.
Love, a former player and team captain at Daemen College, spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Elmira College, where he earned a master’s degree in education.
In addition, Love has extensive experience coaching club soccer in the Southern Tier of New York.
Love is a native of Watkins Glen, N.Y.
“I am proud to be part of Yale Soccer, which is a program on the rise,” he said.