Yon Struble’s tenth season as the head coach of the Carnegie Mellon University women’s soccer program was one for the Tartans’ records book. With a roster comprised of four established seniors, five juniors, nine sophomores, and 10 first-year players, the season culminated in the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Championship National Semifinal. It was the seventh appearance for the program, all under Struble, in the NCAA Tournament, and the furthest a team advanced since Struble’s 2012 team reached the Elite Eight. Between 2012 and 2021, four teams made the Sweet 16 only to be turned away by one goal with three games going to overtime.
The 2021 season was another trip to the Sweet 16 for the Tartans and another overtime defeat. The team finished with a 13-6-1 record and played eight nationally ranked opponents in 2021 with a record of 3-5. All five losses were by one goal. Junior Alex Adams earned her second United Soccer Coaches All-America award with junior Nikki Hasson joining her on the All-Region team. First-year player Maria Askounis earned University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the third player under Struble, and fifth in program history, to receive the recognition. Adams also repeated as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American and was joined by seniors Jocelyn Mayer and Maddy Lui.
Struble's 11th season at the helm of the Tartans was stripped to just three spring games with the fall 2020 season being canceled due to COVID-19. The Tartans were 1-1-1 for the spring against a pair of Division III schools and one Division II school.
The Tartans led 1-0 in the national semifinal until Messiah tied the match late in the second half. Despite a 4-1 shot advantage in overtime, the Tartans would fall in the penalty kick shootout to close the year with a 14-5-3 record. Many honors were received by players on the team which finished fifth in the national rankings. First-year Alex Adams became the first freshman to be named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and second first-year Tartan to earn the honor from D3soccer.com. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) named Struble the Regional Coach of the Year while Adams was the Regional Rookie of the Year. Senior defender Camille Williams capped off her career with her second Academic All-America award from CoSIDA while first-year defender Rachel Legg joined Adams on the United Soccer Coaches All-Region team.
In conjunction with the seven NCAA Tournament appearances, Struble has led the Tartans to two University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. He won his 100th career game in 2018 and now has a 121-47-16 overall record, a .701 winning percentage.
The 2017 season ended with the Tartans ranked 10th nationally and in the Sweet 16. Three seniors earned All-America recognition by United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com, marking the first year more than one player earned the highest on-field honor available. Struble’s players also performed in the classroom, earning a team GPA of 3.56 for the year, with sophomore Camille Williams earning national recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America as an Academic All-American. Adding to the player honors was first-year goalkeeper Carolyn Botz, who was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Defensive Player of the Year. Botz collected Carnegie Mellon first-year records of top goals against average (.46), most shutouts (11), and most wins (15).
In 2016, the Tartans made their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and closed the season ranked 23rd nationally. The team's final record was 11-6-1 with a 5-2 showing in the UAA which sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament where two made the final four. Junior Haili Adams was named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region team after leading the team in goals scored with eight.
The 2015 team one-upped the 2014 record-breaking squad by winning a school record 17 games while rising to third in the nation. They bettered the longest winning streak by two games with the record now at 11. Sophomore Tori Iatarola became the youngest field player in CMU women's soccer history to be named an NSCAA All-American and just the fourth player ever. Iatarola was also honored as an All-American by D3soccer.com. Struble was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Coach of the Year while junior goalkeeper Katie Liston was named the ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year.
At the time, Struble led the Tartans to the most wins in program history (16) in 2014, breaking the previous mark of 14 set in 2012, and a national ranking of seven. The program hosted the NCAA First and Second Rounds and Sectional for the second time in school history. Following the season in which the team collected the longest winning streak in school history (9) and recorded the fewest goals allowed in school history (8), senior forward Savina Reid became the third Tartan to earn All-America recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Freshman defender Keely Jelinek also earned All-America honors from D3Soccer.com, becoming the third player under Struble to be recognized nationally. In all, four players were named to the All-Great Lakes Region team with freshman Tori Iatarola receiving UAA Rookie of the Year honors.
Struble made Carnegie Mellon women's soccer coaching history in his third season, as he was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year and UAA Coach of the Year, both firsts for a Carnegie Mellon women's soccer coach.
In 2012, the team not only made it's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship but advanced to the Elite Eight of the Championship while hosting all four games. The Tartans' history making season concluded with a No. 6 national ranking and included setting four school records beginning with 14 wins. The team also posted marks of fewest losses in a season with one, most shutouts in a season with 13 and tied the mark for most consecutive shutouts with seven, a streak that closed out the year.
The Tartans also recorded an association mark of 4-1-2, placing second, in 2012. Two players led a list of seven on the All-UAA team with first-team recognition with the same two earning All-Great Lakes Region awards. Louisa Pendergast was named the UAA Rookie of the Year, just the third in program history, while sophomore defender Lauren Simicich was named the first-ever D3soccer.com All-American for the Tartans.
The 2013 team started the year ranked 5th in the nation and returned to the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid after finishing fourth in the UAA while dominating in non-league play. Two players were named to the All-Great Lakes Region team with seven garnering All-UAA honors.
Prior to 2012, six athletes were named All-UAA in each of Struble's first two years, one player was named a Great Lakes All-Region honoree twice and two were named Academic All-District by CoSIDA.
In 2011, Struble began a three-year term as the head coach of the Women’s US Deaf National Soccer team. In July of 2012, he led the team to a World Championship at the Deaf World Cup played in Ankara, Turkey. In 2013 the Deaf National Team traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, where they won the gold medal after beating Russia in the final for the second straight year.
Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Struble served as an assistant coach for Division I Western Carolina University women’s soccer program in 2009. The Catamounts recorded their fifth straight winning season with a record of 8-6-5 in 2009 and were honored with their fifth consecutive Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Struble served as the recruiting coordinator, youth camp director and technical director for team training. He also coached the Catamounts’ goalkeepers.
Prior to his stint with the Catamounts, Struble spent six years working with teams at the Norcross Soccer Academy (NSA) in Atlanta, Georgia. While at the academy, he served as the Girls Technical Director.
Struble served as the women's assistant at Georgia State University from 2002-05 before working for the NSA. At Georgia State, Struble worked with all aspects of the program including team practices, recruiting and fundraising. Struble's goalkeepers were named All Atlantic-Sun Conference in 2004 as the program compiled a 32-19-9 overall record during his three seasons on staff.
Struble was also a staff member for the Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) for seven years, serving as the head coach for multiple age groups. In 2005, he took his team to the ODP National Championships where they finished third.
In 2008, he was awarded United States Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year at the U.S. Youth Soccer Coaching Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2007, Struble was awarded the ODP Georgia Coach of the Year and Region III Coach of the Year, leading to his National Coach of the Year Award.
Before his arrival in Georgia, Struble was the women's assistant at Union College from 1998 to 2002 and helped lead the Dutchwomen to a 71-14-6 record during his tenure. While at Union, Struble helped the Dutchwomen achieve three NCAA tournament bids, three conference championships, a pair of New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) State Championships, as well as a Top 20 National Ranking for all five of his years as an assistant coach.
While working at Union, he began his work for the ODP as a staff member for Eastern New York ODP. During that five-year stint, Struble worked with players of various age groups.
Struble played his college soccer at Division I Stetson University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in 1995. He also received his Master of Arts in Reading Education in 2005, during his tenure at Georgia State.
After his time at Stetson, he played in the Empire State Games and helped lead his men's open team to the 1996 gold medal. From 1997 to 1999, he played professionally for the New York Capital District Alleycats of the USISL.
He is a United States Soccer Federation "A" Licensed Coach and holds an NSCAA Premier National Diploma.