Brodzinski to Play Soccer at University of Minnesota-Crookston

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Tayettin Brodzinski is a Yelm High School senior who defines what it means to be a student-athlete that goes above and beyond.

Brodzinski plays a plethora of defensive positions for the girls soccer team at YHS, and excels at doing so. Recently, she signed to play soccer at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and has rightfully earned awards and scholarships which resulted in her tuition being paid for.

Brodzinski started playing soccer when she was 3 and would play all across the country as she grew up since her father was in the United States Air Force. But since coming to Washington, she has played club ball in Seattle for the OL Reign Academy, as well as for Yelm High School.

One of the many qualities that Brodzinski sports on the field is her durability, as she played all 90 minutes of every game for YHS as a junior. An even more impressive quality that Brodzinski possesses off the field is her 4.0 GPA. In fact, she has maintained all A’s since the start of seventh grade.

Brodzinski is heavily involved in her community as well. She has been a part of the Yelm FFA since she was a freshman. She also helps fight food insecurity locally as well as nationally and internationally through various non-profit organizations, like Bounty for Families in Yelm, Food Lifeline in Seattle, Great Falls Food Bank in Montana and Tacos for Tecos in Costa Rica.

Brodzinski will play soccer for the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and her soon-to-be head coach Kyle Halfpop had nothing but positive things to say about her after she signed with his program.

“Tayettin and I hit it off right away. … Things just clicked from the start and it only got better. Her positivity, attitude and energy is unbelievable,” Halfpop said. “Her desire to help this program will be unmatched.”

Coach Halfpop is excited to have a player in his program with the versatility Brodzinski possesses in her skillset, he said.

“She is really good on the ball. She deals with pressure very well and doesn’t get rattled into making poor decisions,” Halfpop said. “She’s a great ball winner and can flip into attack very quickly. She likes to go forward with pace. … The scary part is, off the ball she excels even more. She reads the game really well and will bring a lot of tactical flexibility to our team.”

Brodzinski signed with the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles on Nov. 10. She wanted to give credit to several coaches along the way who impacted her.  The coaches include Matt Scherr, her first club coach, who encouraged her to be a better player and taught her the value of practice; coach Adam Kimball of the Washington Premier Football Club, who taught her valuable tactics and skill sets that turned Brodzinski into the elite defender she is today; and coach Kevin Skinner, also of the Washington Premier Football Club, for helping mold the way she approaches the ball, and for helping with her accuracy. She also wanted to thank coach Jon Bauer, or Bauer Buddy as Brodzinski refers to him, for helping form her ability to read the field.

The biggest thanks Brodzinski wanted to give was to coach Michelle Beattie of OL Reign Academy, who brings a big family environment to her team. Brodzinski said her OL Reign team is a family for life. Brodzinski also wanted to thank her family for their love and support along the way, as well as her friends Gabbi, Jordyn, Coco and Jakob.

Brodzinski is one of four athletes to sign with the women’s soccer program at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. All four of the signees are said to be in areas of need for the Golden Eagles and will strengthen the team going forward.

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