Oct. 18, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith earned his 100th career victory in Sunday's 2-1 win over Colgate. Meredith, the winningest coach in Yale history with a 100-64-11 mark, is in his 10th season at the helm. During his tenure, he has firmly established the Bulldogs as one of the most successful and respected programs in the Northeast.
In 2002, he was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year after leading Yale to the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. The Bulldogs upset Villanova in the first round before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Nebraska in the second round.
Meredith's teams have tied the school record for wins (13) in a season twice, and in 1998 Yale allowed only 13 goals, the fewest in school history. During the 2002 run to the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs posted eight shutouts and allowed only 16 goals.
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, while Theryn Gibbons `00 ranks third in Yale history in both career goals (33) and career points (71). Meredith has coached 12 players to first team All-Ivy honors during his tenure.
Prior to being named head coach shortly before the start of the 1995 season, Meredith served three years as an assistant coach under Felice Duffy. In his first year as an assistant, the Bulldogs captured their only Ivy League title.
Meredith, who has the United States Federation license, also has considerable experience coaching youth teams, including working with the Kenyan National Team for six months.