Rudy Meredith: Coach
Rudy Meredith, the winningest coach in Yale history who reached his 200th win this year, begins his 22th season at the helm in 2016. During his tenure, Meredith has firmly established the Bulldogs as one of the most successful and respected women's soccer programs in the Northeast.
He is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and has guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the Bulldogs won a school record 15 games, captured the first outright Ivy League title in Yale history and advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history. In the second round, Yale upset third-seeded Duke 2-1, scoring the winning goal with one second left in the second half, one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the tournament. The Bulldogs were ranked 13th in the final NSCAA/adidas national poll.
In 2002, Yale made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, upsetting Villanova in the first round before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Nebraska in the second round. The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after winning 13 games and finishing second in the Ivy League.
Several individuals have earned accolades under Meredith's tutelage. Lorelei Wall '00 was named Yale's first Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and went on to receive first team All-Ivy honors the next three years. Crysti Howser was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2005, and Christina Huang became only the second Yale player to earn All-America recognition when she was named to the second team in 2005. In 2010, Yale had both the league's player of the year (Becky Brown) and the co-rookie of the year (Kristen Forster). Meredith has coached 23 players to first team All-Ivy honors during his tenure.
In the summer of 2012, Meredith served as an assistant coach for the United States Under-23 Women's National Team. The team traveled to Norway for a three nations cup in which the U.S captured the trophy. That was Meredith's second stint with U.S Soccer. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the U-20 Women's National Team.
Prior to being named head coach at Yale shortly before the start of the 1995 season, Meredith served three years as an assistant coach under Felice Duffy. In his first year as an assistant, the Bulldogs captured their first Ivy League title, sharing the crown with Brown.
Meredith, who has the United States Federation license, also has considerable experience coaching youth teams, including working with the Kenyan National Team for six months. He has guided six Connecticut state champions, two regional champions and two national champions, the under-16 Weston Wild Things in 1998 and the under-19 Yankee United Nova in 1997. Meredith is currently on the youth National Team Development coaching staff.
Eva Meredith: Director
Eva Meredith was appointed as the faculty head coach of women's soccer at Wesleyan for the 2004 season and will be in her thirteenth season in 2016.
Eva coached Division I at the University of Hartford for six years, her first three as assistant women's soccer coach and the last three as head coach. During her tenure, Hartford won three American East conference titles and competed in the NCAA Division I championships five times. In 2008 and 2009, Eva guided Wesleyan to its first back-to-back winning seasons in 15 years. In 2011, Wesleyan made the NESCAC semifinals for the first time in program history and returned to the semifinals again in 2012, beating regular season champions and #1 seeded Middlebury in the quarterfinals.
An outstanding soccer player both on the national level in her home country of Sweden and as a collegian at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, Eva was a National Team player for Sweden from 1989-1991 and a premier league player there from 1986-1992. Attending Franklin Pierce from 1992-1995, Eva was a four-time all-New England choice, a three-time All-American and the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year as a freshman. She also was a two-time academic All-American and was a three-year team captain as Franklin Pierce captured NCAA titles in both 1994 and 1995.
Eva is currently coaching the CFC U-17 NPL club team and she conducts the Bulldog Cardinal Soccer Camp at Wesleyan each summer with her husband Rudy.