This post is part of our spotlight series on NCSA Athletic Recruiting team members. Today, I caught up with Tim Johnson, a scouting captain who played soccer at Illinois Wesleyan. If you’re interested in talking to scouts like Tim about how you can play your sport in college, the best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.
I notice you support many Chicago sports teams – did you grow up here?
Yes, I was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois with my older brother, Matt and younger sister, Sara-Ann. Yes, I hold the dreaded title of “middle child”! We attended Mundelein High School where I played soccer and was on the wrestling team.
Did you pursue wrestling or soccer in college?
I am a proud Titan of Illinois Wesleyan University where I was a student-athlete on the men’s soccer team.
You must have some pretty memorable experiences as a home-state player at IWU?
My favorite memory was my junior year at our homecoming game. We had a lot of people at the game, including alumni that I knew well, and I scored the go ahead goal for our team. I ran over to the sideline to celebrate with my friends and our fans and the embrace was awesome.
(I did have some beer poured on me but it was well worth it.)
Being a Chicagoan with a soccer career taking you throughout Illinois, your favorite pro players have to be from the city, too, right?
I can’t help but love an athlete born and raised in Chicago. My favorite is Derrick Rose. I would say Jay Cutler (although he’s not from Chicago), because I love the Bears, but I think his response would be, “Don’t Care!”
Mr. Personality, that Cutler guy! Speaking of, I was just reading he was spotted downtown at RPM Italian for dinner last week – what is your favorite meal?
Steak. Nothing beats a perfectly cooked steak, preferably on the grill. Add a side of grilled veggies and a potato salad, and I am happy, happy camper.
And now I’m hungry! Any other facts we should know about you?
I hope this does not jinx it, but despite the fact that I have played soccer my whole life, wrestled through high school and have snowboarded consistently since age ten, I have never broke a bone. I have also never seen ‘Remember the Titans’. The shocked response I’ve been getting for years when people hear this fact makes me feel obligated to never watch it.
That does seem like a serious sports classic you’re missing out on. I can’t believe after two and a half years at NCSA, no one here has convinced you to watch it! Movies aside, what is your earliest memory of being part of our team here?
My earliest memory was in scout training. We had our NCAA regulation training with Amanda Perak and she was rattling off a ton of information – she is incredible with the dates, rules, numbers of the NCAA divisions – and I just kept thinking to myself, “How the heck does she remember all of this specific information without any notes…?”
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