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Tim Twellman is a retired American pro soccer player who spent 7 years in the NASL ('77-'83) playing primarily with the Minnesota Kicks and 4 in the Major Indoor Soccer League primarily with the Kansas City Comets. He is the father of MLS MVP Taylor Twellman who played for the New England Revolution. His son James played for Stanford and signed with the San Jose Earthquakes, and daughter, Alexandra played soccer for University of Richmond and Saint Louis University. After retiring from playing, Tim has run Twellman Soccer, coaching young athletes for over 30 years. In addition, Tim has devoted himself to helping parents, student-athletes and coaches better understand the college search and selection process. His mission is to help educate families so they can make the best decisions for their son and / or daughters future. In 2007, he became the head coach of Villa Duchesne High School in St. Louis.
Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and Major League Soccer MVP with the New England Revolution, is ESPN’s lead analyst for Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team matches. He also serves as a match and studio analyst during ESPN’s presentation of international soccer events. Twellman joined ESPN in November 2011 after calling Philadelphia Union matches on local television during the 2011 season. Twellman played eight professional seasons for the Revolution and was one of Major League Soccer’s most prolific forwards before his career was prematurely cut short after suffering from multiple concussions. He scored 101 goals in 174 matches for the team.
A highly recruited multi-sport athlete who lettered in football, basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Louis University High School, Twellman chose to play soccer at the University of Maryland on an athletic scholarship. He was named a second-team All-America as a freshman in 1998 and finished as a runner-up for the Herman Trophy – awarded to the top college soccer player in the country – in his sophomore season (1999) before leaving college to play professional soccer.
Since his career-ending injury, Twellman has dedicated himself to generating awareness about the dangers of concussions and head injuries, particularly in soccer. He provides athletes and their families with relevant information and support for incidents of sports-related concussion through the THINKTAYLOR Foundation and has become a sought-after speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars, focusing on increased awareness among youth players.
Taylor is an advisor with both Choose It Right and Twellman Soccer.
James attended Stanford University. He was an Academic All American for four years and captain his senior year. Upon graduation, James played professional soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes for one year before retiring due to injury in 2005. He is currently Vice President of mergers and acquisitions for U.S. Endodontics Parter, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Il.
James designed our core service offering and consults for Choose It Right, the Smart College Report.
Alexandra Twellman Morris
Alexandra attended University of Richmond for two years and transferred to Saint Louis University. Alex played all four years and served as a captain her senior year at SLU. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, in 2007. Her team was inducted into the 2005 Saint Louis University Billiken Hall of Fame.
Alex is a Business Development Manager with Choose It Right and works closely with the kids involved with Twellman Soccer.
Have you ever taken the time to sit back and really think how fortunate you are as a parent to be able to share your child’s athletic experiences with them? Do you appreciate how such moments can actually bring the family together? Do you know just how excited your kids get knowing that we are watching them play? I know that, when you are going through the experience, it is sometimes hard to stop to realize just how fortunate you are to be given these years with your kids. Someday you will look back at these years, and hopefully in a positive way. I know I have. My wife and I were blessed with three great kids. We can look back with great joy and satisfaction knowing how much they got to enjoy their childhood, both in sports and in other ways. Were there ups and downs? Most definitely. But we were able to help them overcome their disappointments and keep them grounded through their accomplishments. If I were to look back at my own experiences, not only as a professional soccer player for 10 years but also as a parent of three successful kids, and share with other families the secret to their success. I would have to say that it was ultimately the result of their efforts, but that it definitely came with our guidance. This meant something different for each one of our kids.
Taylor Twellman For Taylor (my oldest and former New England Revolution forward and Major League Soccer MVP), it meant sports as the main focus in everything he did. He was a great student, but playing a sport professionally was his goal. His focus, since he was very young, was always around a ball. It started with a balloon that kept him occupied. He quickly moved to soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, football and golf. It really didn’t matter as long as he could be doing something with a ball (or puck).
James, a Stanford University grad, played professional soccer for two years. He is three years younger than Taylor. A great athlete in his own right, he has a variety of different interests besides athletics. He followed his older brother and played all of the same sports, but always wanted to experience other things. It could have been fishing, camping or attending lectures by dignitaries. For whatever reasons, his interests took him other places.
My youngest,Alexandra Twellman Morris (University of Richmond and St. Louis University grad and athlete), was given the gift of athletic ability just like her brothers. She followed this gift all the way through college and enjoyed playing soccer, softball, field hockey, and basketball as well. As a young girl, she had many interests outside of athletics. She loves her animals, she loves her fashion and she loves the outside. Theses interests have continued as young adult.
Appreciating the gift of sports
Realizing that given the gift of athletics is just that, a gift. This gift might just mean being a professional athlete. It more than likely will only mean enjoying a childhood of athletics and nothing-more. It might mean your child with work in finance. It could even mean your child could work in the fashion industry. Every one of our kids has been given a gift. Understanding and recognizing what this gift is happens by observing and listening to our kids even when they are not saying anything. If we realize it is their childhood, we as family will enjoy it wherever it takes us.
How lucky we are to be able to nurture our kids and share with them their childhood.