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