May 1, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will serve as an assistant coach for the United States Under-20 Women's National Team that will play three matches against top English clubs in Manchester, England, next week. Meredith will work primarily with the goalkeepers - Chantel Jones of Virginia and Penn State's Alyssa Naeher.
"I am excited for the opportunity," said Meredith. "There is definitely a benefit for our program to get exposure with the national team. I've already seen it in recruiting."
Meredith and Dave Chesler, the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Boise Capital Soccer Club, will serve as assistants to U.S. Under-20 National Team Head Coach Jillian Ellis. The first match will be May 8 against the Everton Ladies Netherton. The team also will play Leeds Ladies Harrogate on May 10 and Blackburn Ladies Clitheroe on May 12.
Ellis, who also is the head coach at UCLA, is continuing to form a pool of players that will look to qualify the USA for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup that will be held at the end of next year in Chile. Qualifying is tentatively set for sometime in the second quarter of 2008.
Meredith, the winningest coach in Yale history with a 127-76-14 mark, recently completed his 12th season as head coach. During his tenure, Meredith has firmly established the Bulldogs as one of the most successful and respected women's soccer programs in the Northeast. He is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and has 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 that season.
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.
As a player, Meredith was a member of the 1990 Southern Connecticut State University Division II national champion men's soccer team. He was an All-American at Montgomery Junior College and a high school all-state player in Maryland. In recent years, he has continued his playing career in Stockholm, Sweden.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity