Yeagley adds two to staff

As expected, Todd Yeagley is bringing former Hoosier player and assistant Ernie Yarborough from Madison to Bloomington to serve as one of his assistants.

Yeagley was also able to convince one of the better players in program history — who happens to be one of the most highly regarded young coaches in the country — to move two hours up the road. Brian Maisonneuve will also be a Hoosier again, leaving Louisville after a two-year run.

Seeing that IU has already had time to shoot mug shots for these gentlemen, I’m thinking this is not exactly what you’d call “breaking” news. But it was announced today.

Here’s the full news release.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced today that former IU standouts Brian Maisonneuve and Ernie Yarborough have joined the men’s soccer staff as assistant coaches.

“We are very excited to bring Brian and Ernie back to Indiana University,” Yeagley said. “They have worn the IU jersey and understand the pride and tradition that has made IU Soccer such a special program. I have had a strong friendship with Ernie and Brian for nearly 20 years and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work side by side with two wonderful people and coaches at our beloved alma mater.”

Maisonneuve returns to Bloomington after a two-year stint as assistant coach at Louisville. During his two seasons the Cardinals were 24-11-4 overall and 13-7-1 in Big East play with two NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to Louisville, Maisonneuve spent four years as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-17 National Team in Florida. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. U-20 National Team in 2007 during the CONCACAF qualification process and coached the U-20s in the 2007 FIFA World Cup in Canada. Before joining the coaching ranks, Maisonneuve spent nine seasons with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer and was a member of the United States’ 1998 World Cup team, appearing in all three matches. He was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, leading the squad with a pair of goals in the tournament.

“This is home for me,” Maisonneuve said. “Being here for my college career meant a lot and the relationships I have built with Coach (Jerry) Yeagley, with Todd and Ernie and the support staff, it really became home for me. To have the opportunity to come home and coach meant a tremendous amount to me. This is arguably the best program in the country, and being part of the IU family again with the facilities, the players, to help continue to build the program is something special and it meant a lot to me and my family to return to Bloomington.”

Maisonneuve donned a Hoosier uniform from 1991-94, playing alongside Yeagley. He earned All-America honors as a junior and senior and was named the Hermann Trophy winner in 1994. A two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Maisonneuve finished his career with 44 goals and 22 assists, and led Indiana to a pair of NCAA College Cup appearances and back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles. During his four years at Indiana the Hoosiers were 73-15-7.

“Brian is one of the finest players to have every played at IU and we are fortunate to bring his distinguished playing and coaching experience back to Indiana University,” Yeagley said. “Brian’s international playing and coaching experience along with his exceptional character will help our student athletes tremendously as we strive to build champions on and off the field.”

Yarborough comes to Indiana after spending one season as an assistant coach to Yeagley at Wisconsin. Prior to that he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UAB, working with IU alum Mike Getman. Yarborough is no stranger to the Big Ten as he spent seven seasons as the top assistant at Michigan, a run that included a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

“It is a wonderful opportunity as an alum of the program to be able to continue the tradition that has been set forth before us, and have the opportunity to mold future Hoosiers,” Yarborough said. “I am also happy to be able to bring my family back to a place that means so much to me, having played here and coached here. Being able to raise my children in Bloomington is a great opportunity. A 1995 graduate of Indiana, Yarborough also played alongside Yeagley for four seasons and was part of three Big Ten Tournament teams and made two College Cup appearances. Following his collegiate career, Yarborough spent one season playing professionally with the Indiana Blast and served as a volunteer assistant coach at IU from 1997-99. During that time he helped guide Indiana to three College Cup appearances, including back-to-back national titles in 1998 and 1999.

“Ernie brings so many wonderful qualities to our program,” Yeagley said. “His passion, hard work and knowledge of the game along with his engaging personality make Ernie a perfect fit within our coaching staff. Ernie’s experience and love for IU Soccer will be a key asset as we build upon our proud tradition of excellence.”

4 comments

  1. I’m interested in who the volunteer coach is going to be. The volunteer turns a good staff into a great one, especially if it ends up being someone who makes their living running a great club team, like Carmel United.

  2. So I know this is off topic, but it was never going to be on topic, so don’t read it if you want an IU related post:

    I’m at blockbuster about 45 minutes ago and who walks in? None other than Agent Zero himself, Gilbert Arenas. Gil was smiling and talking on the phone (is this a TMZ Report?. He was returning some movies. Reservoir Dogs? Shootout at the OK Corral? Dillinger? Boyz in the Hood? Pick One.

    Anyway, wanting to get the Scoop, I quickly asked myself: What Would Chris Korman Do? But before I could process an answer Gil was out, but not with a bang.

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