Wells Becomes Yale Soccer's First Rhodes Scholar

Wells Becomes Yale Soccer's First Rhodes Scholar

Nov. 25, 2003

Chris Wells '04, a member of the Yale men's soccer team, has earned a Rhodes Scholarship. He is the first Yale soccer player, male or female, to earn that distinction.

Wells, who had already been named to a Marshall Fellowship, played defense for the Bulldogs the last four seasons. He is the 13th Yale varsity athlete to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

"This is a tremendous honor for Chris. He is a multi-talented and team-oriented person who goes about everything he does with selflessness, commitment and passion," said his head coach Brian Tompkins. "He has contributed much to the leadership and stability of our squad and all of us in the Yale soccer program are proud and delighted at his historic accomplishment. I have no doubt he will make excellent use of his opportunity at Oxford and make significant contributions in whichever career he chooses."

Wells, who played in one game this fall, started a career-high two games last year. He made his first career start against Brown in 2001. Wells, a native of McClean, Va., who attended Thomas Jefferson High School, captained his soccer team as both a junior and a senior. He was a two-time team MVP and earned first team all-district honors in 1999.

Rhodes Scholars Awarded to Yale Varsity Athletes
Roger Arjoon		1995	Squash
Chris Brown		1990	Football
Bill Crowley		1979	Football
Robert McCallum	         1967	Basketball
Jim McGuire		1976	Basketball
Tom Neville		1971	Football
Michael L. Oristaglio	1973	Basketball
Kurt Schmoke		1971	Football/Lacrosse
Catherine D. Sharkey	1991	Lacrosse
Prateek Tandon		2002	Tennis
Roosevelt Thompson	         1984	Football
Michael J. Warren	         1989	Track & Field
Chris Wells		2003	Soccer