Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley has announced his backing for proposals that would extend the college season over the full academic year.
The Soccer Observer reported in a July 20 article that top college coaches are finalizing plans and canvassing support for changes that would split a 25-game season between the fall and spring semesters. Individual conference championships would be held early in May with the showpiece NCAA College Cup following in early June.
Yeagley’s Hoosiers played 24 games in a 3-month stretch last year between their opening exhibition in August and a first-round loss to Akron in the NCAA tournament in November. The former Columbus Crew defender views the proposals as being beneficial to student-athletes in light of the current fall season congestion.
“The short turnaround makes it really difficult to perform at the highest standards,” said Yeagley in an interview with Bloomington’s Herald Times newspaper.
“We’re not really adding time on to the academic year, just spreading it out and giving athletes a more balanced experience,” Yeagley said. “Not as much travel, not as much quick recovery, less class time missed and better development – a lot of positives that go with the full-year model.”
Bloomington native Yeagley is steeped in the inner workings of the college game. His father, Jerry, led Indiana to six NCAA College Cup titles during his 30-year reign as head coach. His senior year as a player ended in disappointment when Bruce Arena’s Virginia edged the Hoosiers in the 1994 College Cup Final.
Yeagley returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach during his father’s final season in 2003 in time to win back-to-back national championships. He led Indiana to its eighth NCAA title in 2012 despite entering the tournament as the No. 16 seed.
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