Bulldog Soccer Academy
Assistant CoachCharles Rodriguez
Charles Rodriguez, who helped lead Stanford to back-to-back NCAA Championships as an assistant coach, has joined Kylie Stannard’s staff.
“I can’t be more excited about the addition of Charles as the top assistant for Yale men’s soccer,” said Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. “I’ve been hearing great things about Charles the past few years, and there is no question he is one of the rising stars in our profession and one of the top 20 assistants in the nation. He immediately makes our program better and will not only raise the bar for our players but also for me and the rest of our coaching and support staff.
“Charles comes from the most elite college soccer program in the nation at Stanford. It’s a program that I have referenced many times to our players and what we aspire to become. He has learned from the best college coach in the country in Jeremy Gunn and also played for him at UNC Charlotte.”
Rodriguez spent three seasons at Stanford. During his tenure, the Cardinal posted a 46-9-12 overall record and won national titles in 2016 and 2017.
His primary responsibility was working with Stanford’s back four. In each of the two national-title runs, the Cardinal did not allow a goal in the entire NCAA Tournament, and in his three seasons on staff, Stanford posted 42 shutouts.
“I'm very humbled to join the Yale men's soccer program,” Rodriguez said. “It's evident the foundation Coach Stannard has built here is incredibly strong, and I cannot wait for us to push the program to new heights."
Prior to Stanford, Rodriguez spent the three seasons on staff at Xavier. In 2015, the Musketeers won 12 games, rose to No. 10 in the national rankings and won on the road at both No. 1 Creighton and No. 2 Notre Dame. In 2014, Xavier experienced the most successful season in school history, breaking program records for wins (15), shutouts (11) and team goals against average (0.84). Rodriguez and the XU staff were recognized as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and Xavier was among the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Rodriguez, a 2012 graduate of UNC Charlotte, was also an accomplished player. As a senior at Charlotte in 2011, he was named a Soccer America First Team All-American, was a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and became the first defender in Charlotte history to earn United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America honors. He was also named to the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team while captaining the 49ers to the national final for the first time in school history.
The center back guided a Charlotte defense that had nine shutouts, limited 21 foes to a goal or less and only allowed four goals in six NCAA Tournament games in 2011. During Rodriguez’s four years, the 49ers tallied 30 shutouts.
Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's 2012 Supplemental Draft by D.C. United. He later moved on to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro League. Following the 2012 season, Rodriguez returned to Charlotte to finish his degree in political science and criminal justice.
“What I’m most excited about is how comparable Charles and I are in our vision and philosophy for what’s needed to build a championship level program,” Stannard said. “We see the game and players in a similar way but also each bring different backgrounds and successful experiences that will help elevate our program to the next level. Lastly, and most importantly, Charles is a great person and enjoyable to be around. We welcome he and his fiancé, Danielle, to the Yale Soccer family.”
Carpenter joined Kylie Stannard's staff in May of 2019. He comes to Yale after serving as the Director of Operations at the University of New Hampshire for three seasons. In 2018, Carpenter helped the Wildcats win the America East Tournament championship for the first time in school history and host an NCAA Tournament game for the second straight year. In 2017, he was part of the East Region and America East Coaching Staff of the Year. UNH went 13-4-5 and earned a program best No. 12 national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll (finished season No. 14).
A 2015 New Hampshire graduate where he studied athletic training, Carpenter walked on to the men’s soccer team in the spring of his first year and worked his way into a prominent role as the starting goalkeeper as a senior. In 2015, he was the inaugural winner of the team’s Coaches’ Award, presented for demonstrating excellence both on and off the field as the most highly regarded citizen and person who exhibits the type of character, work rate and attitude that every player should emulate.
“Ryan comes from one of the top three programs in the Northeast region and has worked for one of the most underrated head coaches in the nation, Marc Hubbard,” Stannard said. “Having worked daily in a top Division I program, he will add tremendous value and new ideas to help us achieve our goal of being a conference champion and Top 25 program like he worked with at UNH. Ryan is a former goalkeeper and will work extensively with our very competitive group of goalkeepers. He will be involved with all aspects of the program but will bring specialties with his background in sport science, social media, fan engagement and community outreach.”
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Schmid, who joined Kylie Stannard's staff in May of 2019, has been a part of two very successful programs in his young coaching career with his teams posting a 47-8-5 overall record. In 2018 as an assistant at Amherst, he helped the Mammoths to 14 victories, including two in the NCAA Tournament, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Schmid joined the Amherst staff after spending two seasons on the Springfield College staff, including serving as the Interim Head Coach in the spring of 2018. Springfield posted an impressive 33-3-4 record during his tenure.
Schmid holds both a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in sports psychology from Springfield. He was a four-year starter for the men’s soccer team, including serving as team captain as a senior.
“Bill comes highly recommended from some top coaches in the college game,” Stannard said. “He’s quite possibly one of the most experienced college coaches in the country for his age. He’s worked for two incredible coaches and top 20 Division III programs at Springfield College and Amherst College. He has experience recruiting and working with top tier academic student-athletes and has been involved with every aspect of both those programs. Bill was recently a finalist for the volunteer assistant position at Stanford, so I feel extremely lucky that we were able to keep him close to home in Connecticut. He’s already hit the ground running and his work ethic and drive will be a huge asset to our program and student-athletes.”
Director of Player Development
In addition to his soccer knowledge, Small, who began his tenure in December of 2018, brings a wealth of life experience to the program. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2019 while also serving as an assistant coach for the Crimson. Harvard was ranked in the top-15 nationally in the RPI during his time on the staff.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 2002, he spent 13 years coaching at the youth, high school, club and ODP levels. As Director of Coaching for Rye (N.Y.) Youth Soccer from 2002-15, he oversaw all facets of the 1,600-player, 98-team operation.
In addition to coaching, Small has been active in multiple projects aimed at helping underserved youths achieve in school and sports, including serving as a head of soccer for the New York chapter of Playsmart, Inc., a non-profit founded by former Ivy League athletes.
Small began is collegiate playing career at Manhattanville College, where he led the soccer team to a 14-5 record and the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 1999. Upon transferring to Harvard, he earned one minor-H in soccer in 2000.
At Harvard, Small was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned the Mather Scholar-Citizen Award and won the Jonathan Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice.
Small has competed in two Ironman and two half-Ironman races.
“Jared is the `X-factor’ for our program, and I can’t be more excited that he will be staying on staff to help be an incredibly valuable sounding board for me, my staff, and our student-athletes,” Stannard said. “He’s been helping out the past few months and we couldn’t have had the positive spring we did without his support. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a more impressive person. He can literally do anything he wants in the professional world, but his passion is mentoring students and specifically student-athletes. He will be a great resource to help support and motivate our men’s soccer student-athletes and coaching staff to strive for excellence. His academic and athletic background at Harvard speaks for itself and we are extremely lucky to have him wearing the Yale blue.”