NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale University Department of Athletics announced today that Rudy Meredith has resigned from his position as head women's soccer coach.
"I want to thank Rudy for his many years of dedicated service and leadership to our women's soccer program," said Director of Athletics Victoria M. Chun. "I have admired Rudy's successes and I am grateful for all he has contributed. I wish nothing but continued success for Rudy and his family."
Meredith was a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the Bulldogs won a school record 15 games, captured the first outright Ivy League title in Yale history and advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history. In the second round, Yale upset third-seeded Duke 2-1, scoring the winning goal with one second left in the second half, one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the tournament. The Bulldogs were ranked 13th in the final NSCAA/adidas national poll.
"After 24 years at the helm of the women's soccer program, it is time to explore new possibilities and begin a different chapter in my life. It is the right time to hand the team over to the next Yale women's soccer coach who can guide the team into the future," said Meredith.
"I want to thank former athletic director Tom Beckett for giving me the opportunity to begin my long coaching journey at such a prestigious university. I also want to thank my staff for the support throughout the years as well as all the soccer alumni. I wish Vicky Chun the best as I know she will continue to make Yale Athletics a first-class experience for the student-athletes. I will always bleed Yale blue and wish everyone in the athletics department future success."
In 2017, Meredith was selected as the New England Coach of the Year by the New England Soccer Journal after guiding the Bulldogs to an 11-4-2 overall record, the most overall wins since 2007. In addition, Yale was unbeaten (6-0-2) at home for the first time since 2005 and finished third in the Ivy League with a 4-2-1 record.
In 2002, Yale made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, upsetting Villanova in the first round before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Nebraska in the second round. The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after winning 13 games and finishing second in the Ivy League.
Several individuals have earned accolades under Meredith's tutelage. Lorelei Wall '00 was named Yale's first Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and went on to receive first team All-Ivy honors the next three years. Crysti Howser was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2005, and Christina Huang became only the second Yale player to earn All-America recognition when she was named to the second team in 2005. In 2010, Yale had both the league's player of the year (Becky Brown) and the co-rookie of the year (Kristen Forster). In 2011, Melissa Gavin became the fourth player in school history to be named the league's rookie of the year, and in 2017, Michelle Alozie was selected as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. Meredith has coached 28 players to first team All-Ivy honors during his tenure.
A national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.