The Second Yeagley Era Begins

At 9 o’clock this morning, Todd Yeagley officially began his first season as the Indiana soccer coach. Of course, Yeagley’s been at IU since being hired in December, but there’s still nothing like the first day of practice with the first exhibition game just four days away and the season opener just over two weeks out.

He has plenty of experienced pieces returning in guys like Will Bruin, Andy Adlard, Daniel Kelly and Rich Balchan to name but a few, and Yeagley plans to lean on them to be sure.

“Culture-wise and expectations in training, the returning players understand what we’re looking for, and they need to lead by example,” he said. “We’ve asked them to, and I see many of them doing that. The new players are looking for guidance from players, staff, so there’s a learning curve.”

There’s also plenty of organization. Yeagley and his staff already have a schedule printed out for the month of practices, workouts, film sessions, etc. And that theme extends to the field, where the smallest bit of disorganization was frowned upon Wednesday with coaching comments such as, “Split-second indecision is what we’ve got to eliminate.”

There are 12 of those new names on the IU roster in 2010 — 10 freshmen and two transfers — a situation Yeagley describes as “fun.” But the success of integrating the new and the old will be what determines how much fun the Hoosiers actually have this year.

Much of the opening practice was centered on 1-v-1 or 2-v-2 situations, allowing the coaches to begin the evaluation process and the players to display individual attacking and defending skills. Bruin, a junior forward, stood out for his ability to finish, an encouraging sign if the Hoosiers ever saw one.

Among the freshmen, Harrison Petts and Kerel Bradford showed some real promise, but Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Xavier will likely help us learn more about them and their classmates.

4 comments

  1. As a Freshman at IU, I am looking very forward to all of the soccer matches. Best of luck to Coach Yeagley!

  2. Not too great a start Todd. Your sring season sucked. Freitag gave you the talent for this year, now lets see if you can do anything.

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