May 1, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Brian Tompkins, who has guided the Yale men's soccer team for the last 11 years, will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletics Hall of Fame on May 6. The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center's Crystal Ballroom as part of the UWM Student-Athlete Award Reception.
Prior to coming to Yale, Tompkins played a big role in building UWM into a national soccer power while serving as the head coach. In seven seasons at UWM, he posted a 90-41-11 record, helping the Panthers to a Big Central Soccer Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990 and a Mid-Continent Conference title in 1993. His teams were ranked in the top 25 in four of his final six seasons.
Tompkins also helped get the UWM women's soccer program off the ground in 1987 and then led the Panthers to 10 wins and a national ranking in 1988. He succeeded Bob Gansler as the men's coach in 1989.
At Yale, Tompkins has firmly established the Bulldogs as one of the most successful programs in the Northeast. He earned his 100th victory last fall when the Bulldogs topped Albany. 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 NCAA College Cup and a final national ranking of 18th.
Tompkins is a 1979 graduate of Bingley College in England.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity