Assistant Coach Volunteer Keepers - Men's Soccer
Prior to joining the Terriers in the fall of 2017 as the team's goalkeeper coach, Vasily Yakimkin had served as goalkeeper/assistant Coach for UMass Boston since the 2014 season. He helped the program win three consecutive Little East Conference titles and make three NCAA appearances, including reaching the Sweet 16 in 2016, where the team fell to the eventual national champion Tufts University.
Upon the end of the 2016 campaign, the program was ranked 16th in the NSCAA’s national poll. Under his guidance, goalkeepers combined for 28 shutouts in 66 games, earned an All-Conference Second team award in 2014 and posted the program’s all-time best 0.67 goals against average (GAA) in the 2016 season.
A native of Astrakhan, Russia who came to the U.S in 2009 to pursue a soccer scholarship, Yakimkin first played for Bunker Hill CC during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He reached the NJCAA National Quarterfinals and won the region in 2010 while winning the state tournament in 2011. He was an All-New England First Team Selection and ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA national goalkeeping poll in 2011.
Yakimkin then spent two seasons at Barton College (Wilson, N.C.) in 2012 and 2013. During his time there, he started all 37 games and was named to the 2012 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team. Yakimkin led the team to the first conference championship game since 1998 and ranked No. 7 in the NCAA DII national goalkeeping poll.
He would graduate in 2014 with a B.S. in Sports Management and Business Administration.
At the youth club level, Yakimkin has been serving as the goalkeeping director for Valeo FC since fall of 2015, overseeing all aspects of the GK program, including implementation of age-segmented curriculum, organization of trainings, camps and clinics, and assistance in the college placement process. Since his arrival a Valeo, three male goalkeepers have been selected to play for USS Academy teams and one female goalkeeper has been selected to the National Team Training Center’s top 24 pool.
Yakimkin holds NSCAA National Goalkeeper Coaching License and is currently working towards the USC Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma.
Yakimkin resides in Boston with his wife Katarina.
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