Women's Soccer
Soccer signees: Kelsey Tillman

Feb. 10, 2012

Head Coach Derek Greene and the Vanderbilt women's soccer program continue their 2012 signee introductions with a forward from Washington, D.C.. suburb Vienna, Va.: Kelsey Tillman.


A four-year letter winner for Coach Zeff Yusof at Georgetown Visitation, Tillman captained the Cubs to their third Independent School League tournament championship in the last four years this fall. She also has been a part of two overall ISL championship squads.

After earning the squad's Most Outstanding Freshman Award in her first year on the varsity squad, Tillman went on to earn First-Team ISL honors and Washington Post All-Met honorable mention as a senior. Tillman was a three-sport athlete at Georgetown Visitation, also lettering in basketball and track. Her teams combined for eight ISL championships in the three sports. In the classroom, Tillman has been named to the school's honor roll in all four years.

Tillman has played her club soccer for Coach Michael Jorden's Chantilly Burn since 2004. That side has won four state championships in Virginia and was the 2009 national bronze medalist.

Kelsey will be a second-generation Vanderbilt student. Both her father, Thomas ('81), and mother, Neika ('84), are Vanderbilt graduates.

ISL Tournament
photos by Matt Petros
Personal: Kelsey Lynn Tillman... Born Jan. 12, 1994, in Washington, D.C.... Daughter of Neika and Thomas Tillman... Has three sisters: Jordan (21) and twins Lauren and Kristen (12)... Both parents graduated from Vanderbilt... Thomas taught political science at the university in 1987 and 1988.

Coach Greene on Tillman:

"Kelsey is probably going to be one of the unsung heroes of this class. She's played a lot of club soccer, but she's never been a player that's gone out to the region level (ODP) and I think a lot of people may not know about Kelsey. I am confident once she gets here, people are going to be asking themselves where we found her. She has an opportunity to develop and work hard here, and the fact that she'll be comfortable at Vanderbilt since both of her parents went to school here is going to be a big thing for her coming in--she's familiar with the school and the city.

"Whether she is running and covering a lot of ground with her speed or on the ball beating people in tight spaces, Kelsey has a great ability to accelerate over a short distance.

"I see Kelsey potentially playing up front, out wide for us. But she also has the quickness to be an attacking center mid. Kelsey is good enough on the ball to break people down on the dribble really well, one-on-one. She'll be another player that will come in and challenge our front line for opportunities to play, and compete for a starting spot. We're excited to have her joining us."



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