BALTIMORE, MD - Lynchburg College's Chris Yeager was named the 2010 Division III Men's Soccer National Coach of the Year Friday evening, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the NSCAA annual convention. It is the first national coach of the year award garnered by any LC athletics mentor.
Yeager led Lynchburg to a storybook season in 2010, capturing the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) team title and advancing to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Title game.
After winning its third ODAC title in five years, the unranked LC squad started the NCAA Tournament at home with a 3-1 victory over Transylvania University. The Hornets traveled to 12th-ranked Emory University and scored a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the second round, the farthest the LC men's soccer team had ever advanced.
A trip to Columbus, Ohio seemed daunting when the Hornets were faced with the two top teams in Division III, but 2-0 victories over #1 Trinity and #2 Ohio Wesleyan propelled LC into the national semifinal. Trailing 1-0 late in the game against sixth-ranked Bowdoin College, the Hornets scored with two minutes left to tie the game and won the contest 2-1 in overtime to reach the finals. Lynchburg led 1-0 against defending champion Messiah College (PA) in the title game with five minutes left, but the Falcons scored to force overtime and netted another goal in the extra period to capture the title. A win would have given Lynchburg College its first NCAA Division III team title in history.
Yeager has a 103-56-16 (65 winning %) record in his nine seasons at the helm. LC has had winning seasons in each of the last five years, and has lost only six regular-season conference games over that span.
Yeager earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Wesleyan College where he was a four-year letter winner in soccer. He was voted the Marlins' Rookie of the Year in 1990, top Defender in 1992, and Most Valuable Player in 1993. Also in 1993, he was named VWC's Best Male Athlete. In addition, Yeager started all 85 games during his collegiate career and was named to the NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region team in both 1992 and 1993.
Yeager served as an assistant coach at VWC from 1995-1999. During his time at VWC, the Marlins compiled a 77-21-5 overall record, won three ODAC championships and appeared in the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times. He served for two seasons as the head coach of Hiram College (OH) before accepting the head position at LC.