Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Nov. 2, 2016
Former Tullahoma High School soccer star Anastasia Wellington made history when she became the first student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent with the new Motlow State Community College women's soccer program.
The signing period for all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) sports except football opened on Nov. 1, and Wellington and Lady Bucks Head Coach Andy Lyon wasted no time in making the Tullahoma native the first face of Motlow soccer.
"We are extremely proud to have Anastasia become the first student-athlete to sign a soccer National Letter of Intent with Motlow State," said Lyon. "She will represent the program well on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Wellington had an outstanding career in her four years at Tullahoma, earning first team all-District 8-AAA honors after both her junior and senior seasons. She was named second team all-district after her sophomore season, and in her first campaign was named freshman of the year.
Outside of her high school career, Anastasia as a two-time state champion on the club level, playing for head coach Pat Lazarus and the Camp Forest Soccer Club.
"Anastasia is a potent attacking threat," added Lyon. "She is indicative of the level of talent we are striving to bring to the Motlow soccer program as it begins. She was an outstanding player at Tullahoma and we are confident she will continue to excel here at Motlow. This is just the beginning for this new program, and Anastasia represents the type of high quality person and talent that will fill the Lady Bucks roster."
The Lady Bucks will continue to recruit and sign players throughout the year, leading up to the official beginning of practice on Aug. 1, 2017. Motlow is expected to fill approximately 20 roster spots when the junior college soccer season opens during the final week of August.
Former Tullahoma standout Anastasia Wellington became the first women's soccer player in Motlow State Community College history when she signed a National Letter of Intent with the school on Nov. 1. Joining Anastasia at the ceremony were, seated from left, her great-grandmother Louise Wellington, Anastasia, and her grandmother Regina Gray. Standing from left, Pat Lazarus, head coach of the Camp Forest Soccer Club, Jessica Souviney, mother, and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Motlow State photo.