TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Helping lead the Seminoles to the 2018 NCAA National Championship, Kaycie Tillman will now take her skills and talents to the professional level as she was drafted No. 36 overall by the NC Courage in the fourth round of the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
Tillman becomes the 11th Seminole player drafted by the NWSL in its seven-year history. Florida State is tied with Stanford for the most first round draft picks in the history of the league with six.
A native of Rowlett, Texas, Tillman finished her career in the Garnet and Gold with 93 matches played with 88 starts, tallying 46 points on 12 goals and 22 assists, including six game-winning goals.
Her 22 career assists are tied for 10th all-time in FSU history, which includes a pair of three-assist games – Pitt on October 3, 2015 and Texas A&M on November 27, 2015 – to tie the program’s single-game record. She is the only FSU player to have multiple three-assist matches.
Her tenacity and skill in the midfield was key to Florida State winning three ACC Championships (2015, 2016, 2018) and making two trips to the College Cup (2015, 2018) during her time in Tallahassee.
The NC Courage, which is entering its third season of existence, has won the NWSL Shield that is given to the team that has the best regular season record in each of their two seasons. They finished as the NWSL runners-up in 2017 and won the 2018 NWSL Championship. The Courage also won the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup in 2018, defeating Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon with a pair one-goal victories back in July.
The 2019 NWSL season will begin on April 13 and run through October with the 2019 NWSL Championship on October 26. Each team will play a 24-match schedule, which includes a break from June 3-14 due to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. More information about the league and specific teams can be found at www.nwslsoccer.com.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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