By Jacob Dimond / [email protected]
Tayettin Brodzinski is a high school student from Yelm who defines what it means to be a student-athlete who goes above and beyond.
Brodzinski plays a plethora of defensive positions for the YHS women’s soccer team, and excels at doing it. Recently, she signed up to play football at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and rightfully won awards and scholarships that paid her tuition fees.
Brodzinski started playing football at the age of 3 and played all over the country growing up since his father was in the United States Air Force. But since moving to Washington, she has played club ball in Seattle for OL Reign Academy, as well as Yelm High School.
One of the many qualities Brodzinski flaunts on the pitch is her durability, as she has played all 90 minutes of every game for YHS as a junior. An even more impressive quality that Brodzinski possesses off the field is his 4.0 GPA. In fact, she’s retained all of the A’s since the start of seventh grade.
Brodzinski is also strongly involved in his community. She has been part of the Yelm FFA since she was in first year. She also helps tackle food insecurity locally, nationally and internationally through various nonprofits, such as 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 football for the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and his future head coach Kyle Halfpop had only positive things to say about him after signing on with his program.
âTayettin and I hit it off right away. â¦ Things clicked from the start and it only got better. His positivity, attitude and energy are incredible, âsaid Halfpop. “His desire to help this program will be unmatched.”
Coach Halfpop is thrilled to have a player on his schedule with the versatility that Brodzinski has in her skills, he said.
âShe’s really good with the ball. She handles pressure very well and doesn’t have to make bad decisions, âsaid Halfpop. âShe’s a great ball winner and can go on the attack very quickly. She likes to move forward with rhythm. â¦ The scary part is that she excels even more off the ball. She reads the game very well and will bring a lot of tactical flexibility to our team.
Brodzinski signed with the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles on November 10. She wanted to thank several coaches along the way who touched her. Coaches include Matt Scherr, her first club coach, who encouraged her to become a better player and taught her the value of practice; Washington Premier Football Club coach Adam Kimball, who taught her valuable tactics and skills that made Brodzinski the elite defenseman she is today; and coach Kevin Skinner, also of Washington Premier Football Club, for helping to shape the way he tackles the ball and for helping with its accuracy. She also wanted to thank coach Jon Bauer, or Bauer Buddy as Brodzinski calls him, for helping her develop his ability to read the pitch.
The biggest thank you Brodzinski wanted to send was to coach Michelle Beattie of OL Reign Academy, who brings a great family environment to her team. Brodzinski has said his OL Reign team is family for life. Brodzinski also wanted to thank his family for their love and support along the way, as well as his friends Gabbi, Jordyn, Coco and Jakob.
Brodzinski is one of four athletes to sign with the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s soccer program. The fourth The signatories are said to be in areas of need for the Golden Eagles and will strengthen the squad going forward.