Our speaker next week will be Dr. Phil Eskew Jr., an expert on Indiana’s March Madness. Dr. Eskew was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. His father, who served as commissioner from 1962 to 1976, was the IHSAA’s third commissioner. The Eskews are the first father-son duo to receive the organization’s Silver Medal. Dr. Eskew will treat us to the history of Indiana high school basketball madness. We’ll be back in the Frangipani Room at noon.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Past president named Paul Harris Fellow
Glenda Murray accepted a Paul Harris fellowship on behalf of Pat Gross, the second female president of Bloomington Rotary Club. Pat, who was president during 1998-99, served on the Bloomington City Council and was council president in 1984. She now lives in Rochester, N.Y., near her daughter. President Mike Baker presented the award.
Rotarians embark on new careers
Julia Merkt has launched her Elder Concierge service.
Kyla Cox Deckard is the communications director for IU’s new Center for Rural Engagement.
Get well, Del!
Our warm wishes for a speedy recovery to Del Brinkman, who is currently hospitalized with pneumonia.
MARCH 5 PROGRAM:
IU Soccer Coach Todd Yeagley and a Tradition of Excellence
Steve Ingle introduced Coach Todd Yeagley. Coach Yeagley, son of the legendary Coach Jerry Yeagley, has been coaching IU soccer for eight years and has achieved a national championship (2012) and a second-place finish (2017). In its 45 years, Indiana soccer has a winning percentage of 0.778. Since the program began in 1973, it has thethe most NCAA championships. Todd earned All America honors for all the four years he played soccer at IU. He went on to play professional soccer for seven years with the Columbus Crew.
Todd pointed to success at IU as a product of the environment that he inherited and maintains. He noted that he was extremely lucky to have the relationship with his father to shape his life. He emphasizes with his players the importance of having someone important in your life. The team has been so successful because it does not deviate from its overall objectives that are printed on the wall of the locker room and focus on “everyday excellence” and maintaining “core values.” For a team to be successful, Todd said, it must be “player-driven” and a coach cannot dictate to the players. Individual player goals are highly variable because there are so many ways that players can contribute other than by being the highest achieving on match day. Todd’s favorite book is Legacy, by James Kerr. This book describes the New Zealand team the All Blacks, the world’s most successful athletic team and speaks to the secrets of sustained success. He described his brief coaching stint at Wisconsin as very challenging because the team did not have a culture of success. Todd learned a lot from the experience, particularly that positive culture is not built overnight. When recruiting players, he said he focuses on attitude as much as talent. Usually organizations are said to “hire for talent and fire for attitude,” but IU soccer approaches this from the opposite direction. Todd noted that players are not actually “fired” but ultimately may not play.
This last season, Todd noted, featured a new shutout streak record. IU gave up only seven goals the entire season, was unscored upon in 18 games, and was nearly undefeated. He described a conversation with Andrew Gutman, a star midfielder, who asked if IU had ever gone undefeated and calmly took away the “no” answer. Todd said he never talks about the national championship game, where IU lost to Stanford in a second overtime, but instead only looks forward.
Todd left time to answer a number of questions. He said that soccer athletes were the best conditioned of all sports. He pointed out that midfielders cover from 7 to 10 miles over the course of a 90-minute game, much of it at a sprint. He does not focus on exclusive fitness training but instead incorporates fitness into functional soccer (ball) training at high or sustained intensity. Asked about the loss of freshman Mason Toye to professional soccer after only one season, Todd said that this was increasingly part of the college game. Todd noted that Mason received a remarkable offer to play professional soccer and that he advised him to seriously consider leaving to pursue it. He said that he would advise his own son to consider his career similarly if the opportunity presented itself.
Asked how a novice soccer fan could better appreciate a game that is so low-scoring, Todd suggested observing the “shape of players in attack” that lead up to an attempt on goal. Even if the attempt is unsuccessful, the skill and teamwork that are required to place the ball into scoring position can be elegant. He advised the questioner to watch a game from a professional team like Manchester City (in the UK), which achieves an elegance that is almost impossible to achieve in sport.
IU Men’s Soccer plays a spring schedule. The annual spring marquee game is with the Mexican Youth National Team, which will be on April 29. For more information on IU Men’s Soccer, visit
Our March 6 meeting
President Mike Baker presided. Jim Shea greeted us, and Earon Davis led us in the pledge of allegiance. Earon reflected on the concept of respecting ourselves and one another and how respect is woven through the Four-Way Test.
Joyce Poling introduced guests:
Jean Cook, guest of Jim Santo
Jean Dayton, visiting Rotarian from Bloomington North
John Daniel Winters, guest of the club
Pete Yoder, guest of John Hobson
Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars celebrating everything from an ultrasound, Teachers Warehouse, baseball season, and the coming of spring.
Birthdays include Bob Zaltsberg on March 6 and Keith Miser on March 9.
Liz Feitl, 14 years
Jack Kirtland, 26 years
John Hobson and Paul Hazel, 33 years
Reporter: Dave Meyer
Photographer: Charlie Osborne