Sept. 6, 2007
Yeakel, who was known during her playing days as Monica DiCandilo, earned IWLCA All-America First Team honors as a defender in 1994 and graduated from the college with a bachelor of arts in elementary education degree that year.
"Monica has a wealth of coaching experience, and she will be a great addition to our staff," O'Day said. "She is an outstanding motivator, and she knows Loyola very well from her days as a student-athlete and assistant coach. Monica also knows the demands on student-athletes today, and we are looking forward to great contributions from her."
She was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Loyola, helping the Greyhounds to a 47-20 record from 1990-1994. Loyola advanced to the National Collegiate Semifinals in 1990 and 1994. She played with Kerri Johnson, who was then a freshman, on the 1994 team that reached the 1994 semifinals.
After graduation, Yeakel was an assistant coach at Evergreen from 1994-1996. She then moved across Baltimore to become the head coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
She led the Retrievers' program from 1997-2005, amassing a career record of 78-73 (.517).
Yeakel led UMBC to the NCAA Tournament twice, guided the Retrievers to five Northeast Conference Championships and the program's first-ever NCAA Division I Top-20 ranking.
She took a team that finished 4-11 in 1996 and led them to the NEC title two years later. She was twice named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. The Retrievers set a school Division I record for wins in a season with 12 in 1999 and 2002.
She is married to Chris Yeakel. The couple has two children, Luke, 5, and Maxine, 1, and live in Timonium, Md.
O'Day also announced that former Loyola player Kate McHarg will joins the staff this year as an undergraduate student assistant coach.
McHarg concluded a stellar four-year career as a player in May. The two-time team captain was the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2006 and was a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2006 and the Second Team in 2007.
She led the Greyhounds in scoring for three-straight seasons and finished her career seventh all-time at Loyola with 138 goals. The native of Victoria, Australia, has been a member of the Australian National Team since 2005.