Todd Plourde, who helped Manhattan earn its first regional ranking last fall, begins his second year as an assistant coach at Yale in 2008. Plourde spent two years an assistant at Manhattan. In the year before he arrived, the Jaspers had a record of 2-15-1. In 2006, the team won a school record 12 games. Before Manhattan, Plourde was the head coach at Fairfield (CT) High School where he compiled a record of 103-28-11. During his tenure Fairfield won the 2002 Class LL State Championship and was the runner-up in 2003. In addition, Fairfield won the league title in 2002 and finished second in 2001. Plourde was named the FCIAC and Connecticut Post Coach of the Year in 2001. His overall high school record is 130-34-14. Plourde is also a coach of the Connecticut United FC women's club team. Since 1997, the team has won six Connecticut Open Cup titles. In 2005, he was named the Director of Player Development CUFC. In addition, he has been a member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program staff for six years. Plourde is a 1994 Quinnipiac graduate with a degree in marketing. He was captain of the men's soccer team as a junior and senior and was a two-time All-Northeast 10 selection.