Jerry Yeagley Field
Jerry Yeagley Field is the home of the IU Men's Soccer Hoosiers.Â There is no tradition in the sport of collegiate soccer like Indiana's, and there is no head coach that can match the success that Jerry Yeagley had in his 31 years at the helm of the Hoosiers. Yeagley's career came to a fitting and magical end in 2003 as his Hoosiers went unbeaten over their final 18 games and winning the NCAA Championship. The title was the sixth for the program under Yeagley and in the process, he became the all-time winningest coach in collegiate soccer history with 544 wins. Yeagley, the first head coach in Indiana soccer history, built the program from the ground floor up. In Yeagley's 31 years, the program flourished like no other soccer program in the country. His overall career record was 544-101-45 (.828). He never had a losing season as a head coach. Following his retirement the field at Armstrong Stadium was named in his honor.
The consistency the Indiana program maintained under Yeagley's tutelage was unmatched. He led the Hoosiers to 16 trips to the College Cup, including 12 championship game appearances. Every player who played at Indiana for four years under Yeagley competed in at least one College Cup, a claim that no other program can make. From 1973 through 2003 no team won more NCAA Championships or appeared in more College Cups than Indiana. The Hoosiers' longest stint away from the national semifinal was three years (1985-87) and they followed that brief drought by winning the 1988 NCAA crown. Yeagley led the Hoosiers to 28 NCAA Tournament berths, the third-most in NCAA history, including one in each of his final 17 seasons. His Hoosier teams owned a 68-22 (.756) record in tournament play, the best winning percentage of any school.
The Hoosiers were also successful in the Big Ten under Yeagley. Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, he guided Indiana to 10 Big Ten (Tournament) championships. Yeagley was instrumental in the development of a conference tournament. In addition, his Hoosiers finished at the top of the regular season standings in his final eight seasons. Yeagley led Indiana to a 68-game unbeaten streak against Big Ten foes from 1983-1991. His teams owned a 137-7-6 (.933) record against Big Ten opponents. Since the advent of the conference season, Yeagley led Indiana to a 62-4-3 (.920) mark in Big Ten regular season play.
Yeagley's teams are scattered throughout the NCAA record books. On four occasions, Indiana won a school-record 23 games in a season (1978, 1994, 1997, 1998). The 23 wins rank third all-time for wins in a season. In 1979, Indiana went 19-2-2 and posted the second-lowest GAA in NCAA history (0.25), as the Hoosiers blanked an NCAA record 78.3 percent (18 shutouts) of their opponents. During the 1983 and 1984 seasons, Yeagley's Indiana teams set an NCAA record by going unbeaten in 46 consecutive games. The Hoosiers posted a 40-0-6 mark during that time frame. From October 1996 until September 1999, Yeagley and his Hoosiers did not lose at home, compiling 27 consecutive wins, the third-best mark in NCAA history. From October 1995 until the 2000 Big Ten Championships, the squad went unbeaten in 38 (36-0-2) straight games against conference foes, the second longest conference unbeaten streak in NCAA history.
Many of Yeagley's players were recognized for their individual successes. Hoosier players earned All-America status 49 times in the program's 31 varsity seasons, including 21 first team honorees. He led an NCAA record five Hermann Trophy winners and three Missouri Athletic Club Players of the Year. More than 20 players went on to play for the national team in their respective countries, while six played in the Olympics and six competed in the FIFA World Cup. Yeagley also inspired a future generation of college coaches. There are more than 20 former IU players or coaches in the collegiate coaching ranks.
Yeagley won NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors an unprecedented six times (1976, 1980, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2003). He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year an unmatched eight times (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003). In 1989 he earned the highest honor a college coach can receive when he was inducted into the United States Soccer Federation Hall of Fame. Yeagley received the prestigious Bill Jeffrey Award in 1987, given for his unique contributions to intercollegiate soccer. In 1997 he received the NSCAA's Honor Award, the organization's highest tribute. In 2008 he was inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame.