May 15, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - George Kostelis, who has been an assistant coach at Yale for the last six years, was inducted into the University of Hartford Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend. Kostelis and the five other inductees are the 17th class to be inducted and join 88 student-athletes, coaches and administrators previously elected.
Kostelis, a 1994 Hartford graduate, was a three-time All-North Atlantic Conference goalkeeper for the Hawks. He earned All-New England honors in 1992 and is second in school history in career goals against average (1.05), fourth in shutouts (17.4) and fourth in minutes played (6,216).
He helped lead the Hawks to their first two Division I NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. Against Virginia in a four overtime loss in the second round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, he made 13 saves.
Kostelis served as a co-captain of the 1992 team and was selected to play in the Collegiate Soccer Senior Bowl that year. He also was named the North Atlantic Conference Tournament MVP in 1992 and was an all-tournament selection three times. In addition, he was named to North Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior.
At Yale, Kostelis works primarily with the goalkeepers. He has helped Head Coach Brian Tompkins establish the Bulldogs as one of the most respected programs in the Northeast. In 2005, Yale won 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.
Kostelis, a United States Soccer Federation "A" Licensed Coach and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma recipient, has a wealth of coaching experience. He spent two years as an assistant women's coach at Connecticut, where he helped guide the Huskies to the NCAA quarterfinals. He also was the goalkeeper coach at Hartford in 1995.
In addition to his duties at Yale, Kostelis is the national director for the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School. He also is the goalkeeper coach in the Connecticut Olympic Development program and the FSASoccerPlus Football Club.
Following graduation from Hartford, Kostelis went on to play professionally in Greece for Aiolikos FC from 1993-95.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity