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Tompkins To Serve As Region I Under 15 ODP Head Coach

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

Longtime Yale Head Coach Has Considerable ODP Experience

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For much of his tenure as Yale's men's soccer coach, Brian Tompkins has been active in the Olympic Development Program. And now his role is expanding. Tompkins has been named the head coach of the Region 1 Under-15 ODP age group.

"I am delighted to be asked to take on the head coaching role with the Region 1 Under-15 team," said Tompkins, who will remain Yale's head coach. "ODP provides an important avenue for players to be exposed to high level domestic and international competition and to be evaluated for national teams. Players that have participated in ODP can be found in professional leagues around the world and in almost every college in the United States, and I look forward to working with the next generation of talented youngsters in our region."

The primary mission of ODP is to identify elite level players and facilitate their selection to the U.S. National Team programs. The selection process takes place through state, regional and national trials. The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train and play against the best players in their age group, allowing the best players to further their development.

Tompkins, who completed his 17th season as Yale's head coach last fall, has been on the Region 1 staff since 2008, serving as an assistant coach for the Under-15 team and for one year with the Under-14 team. He has travelled to tournaments in Argentina, Costa Rica, Italy and Croatia. Nick Alers, a three-time All-Ivy selection who will be a senior for the Bulldogs next fall, played on Tompkins' first regional team, and many of Yale's current players have been involved in the ODP in their local areas.

"Brian is one of the most respected coaches in college soccer and the Region 1 Olympic Development Program has been fortunate to have had Brian on the staff in assistant coach positions for the past several years," said Keith Tabatznik, the Region 1 Boys Head Coach. "We now welcome him in his new role as Head Coach for the U-15 age group."

At Yale, Tompkins is the second-winningest men's soccer coach in school history with 134 victories. 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, and current assistant coach Jay Alberts, who was chosen in the fourth round of 2004 draft by the Wizards.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity