MADISON, Wisc. (Thursday, December 18, 2008) -- Todd Yeagley, a former national collegiate "Player of the Year" and Major League Soccer midfielder, was named coach of Wisconsin today.
Yeagley replaces Jeff Rohrman, who stepped down last month after seven seasons in which the Badgers went 61-63-12 (.493), 12-24-6 (.357) in the Big Ten. UW was 9-7-3 in 2008, 1-4-1 in conference.
Yeagley, 36, spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana, where he was an All-American playing for his legendary father Jerry Yeagley, the winningest men's coach in NCAA Division I and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
After seven years with MLS's Columbus Crew, Yeagley returned to IU in 2003 and the Hoosiers won NCAA championships his first two years, the first under his father and then under Mike Freitag.
"I look forward to utilizing my experience as a player and coach to develop individuals and teams of championship caliber at the University of Wisconsin," Yeagley said.
During Yeagley's four-year college career, Indiana won three Big Ten titles (1991-92, 1994) and compiled a 75-9-5 (.871) record. As a senior, Yeagley was named Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year, helping the Hoosiers advance to the NCAA championship game with 10 goals and 11 assists.
In all, Indiana went to the NCAA tournament in each of Yeagley's 10 seasons as a player or assistant coach, earning five Big Ten tournament titles and six regular-season crowns while amassing a record of 166-40-30 (.767).
"I am very pleased to be adding an outstanding coach like Todd to our staff," Wisconsin director of athletics Barry Alvarez said. "His list of accomplishments as a collegiate student-athlete, professional athlete and coach are impressive. I know our men's soccer student-athletes will benefit greatly from Todd's experiences as a player and coach who has competed and thrived at the game's highest levels."
Yeagley earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He inherits a Wisconsin team returning nine of its top 12 scorers from this fall.
"I look forward to elevating the men's soccer program to new levels of success," Yeagley said.
Yeagley has six goals and eight assists in 138 MLS regular-season matches, starting 113. He also started 16 of 17 Columbus playoff outings, contributing three assists.