The Yeagley Legacy

Posted: February 4, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Although he is not an Indiana University grad, Jerry Yeagley has become an iconic Hoosier from his time coaching the men’s soccer team. With an overwhelming amount of rewards and recognition, Yeagley has become one of the most respected influences of Indiana University.

The men’s soccer team at IU had been club since 1947, but Yeagley had a bigger dream for the program. Receiving no money from the University for his salary, Yeagley, with the help of his wife and players, lined the field, washed the team jerseys, and promoted the team on campus. After ten long years of hard work and commitment, his team was finally recognized by the University and was given varsity status in 1973. In an impressive start, the team played in the NCAA final in it’s fourth season as a varsity team, but Yeagley’s impressive career was just beginning.

Jerry Yeagley’s 31-year career resulted in 6 NCAA Championships, no losing seasons, NSCAA National Coach of the Year six times, Big Ten Coach of the Year eight times, the Bill Jeffrey Award, and NSCAA’s Honor Award. Oh, and he was inducted into the United States Soccer Federation Hall of Fame and the NSCAA Hall of Fame.

Did I mention that he’s also considered by many to be “the most successful collegiate soccer coach in the history of the sport” 


or as others prefer, the “Godfather of College Soccer?” Just in case his previously mentioned honors weren’t enough…

And his overall record as a head coach was 544-101-45. And he has a 68-22 record in tournament play, which just happens to be the best winning percentage of any school. Ever.

Now he gets to watch his son continue the Yeagley legacy at IU, as Todd just won his first NCAA Championship in 2012.



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