Suzuki, who captained the 1999 Bulldogs to a school-record 13 wins, returns for his second year as an assistant coach in 2012.
Suzuki had an immediate impact on the Yale program. The Bulldogs won five more games overall than the year before he arrived and three more Ivy games.
As a player at Yale, Suzuki had a key role in one of the most successful stretches in the long history of Yale Soccer. During his four years, the Bulldogs won 44 games, including posting a 17-9-2 mark in Ivy League play. As a senior, he helped Yale to a thrilling victory over Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He was a second team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore and senior and earned first team recognition in his junior year. In all, he started 65 games for the Bulldogs, scored 10 goals and added 15 assists.
Suzuki also excelled off the field. He was the recipient of the Yale Athletic Department’s 2000 Thomas W. Ford Community Outreach Award and participated in the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in 1999. In addition, he was a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection.
Suzuki served as a volunteer assistant coach under head coach Brian Tompkins in 2001, and also has coaching experience with the San Diego Soccer Club Pegasus and with PQ Premier.
He earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 2006.
“Hiro was a fantastic player and leader during his time at Yale and brings outstanding creativity and charisma both on and off the field,” Tompkins said. “He is one of the best soccer-thinkers that I have coached in my time at Yale and brings a tremendous amount of first-hand experience to the playing and academic environments. His affable personality, drive and enthusiasm are infectious.”