Yale’s recent success – an 8-2 record and the No. 14 spot in The Sun’s rankings – should not be that shocking considering that the program earned a share of the Ivy League regular-season championship in 2010 and captured the conference tournament last year to advance to the
The Bulldogs’ emergence is certainly not a surprise to
"I think they've done a great job," Tillman said Tuesday. "I think he and Graham Niemi, who is a Maryland alum, those guys have been there a while, and Andy and Graham are really smart guys. I think what they've done is they've gotten a good sense of what works at Yale and what works for them, and they've created a culture and philosophy that they feel like will help them be successful there. I give them a lot of credit because when they got there, it took a little time. I think they just tried to get a sense of what would be good and what would be bad and then said, 'All right, this is how we're doing it and here's our blueprint,' and they've stuck to it. They've gotten good players. They've gotten guys that buy into the system."
Competing with the likes of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and
Tillman said the Bulldogs have turned to the players to help shape the program to compete in the top echelon of Division I.