NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Women's Soccer Head Coach Heather Henson announced the promotion of Val Tysinger to the program's top assistant coaching position Monday afternoon.
Tysinger, who serves as the team's goalkeeper coach, brought a new energy to the program in her first season on staff in 2018. A former collegiate keeper at Florida and assistant coach at nearby Trevecca Nazarene, Tysinger made an immediate impact for the Bruins with her creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm.
"Val is a crucial part of the Belmont program and I'm excited to see her continue to contribute in this new role," Henson said. "She came in as a goalkeeper coach last year, but she sees the game from a broader perspective. She gets the bigger picture and has been an asset coaching every player on the field."
Belmont goalkeepers enjoyed a successful season in 2018 under Tysinger's direction, posting four shutouts with a 1.68 goals against average and a .725 save percentage. Starter Lily Herman was responsible for all four of those shutouts and finished the year with 70 saves. A rising senior, she'll benefit from another year of consistency in Tysinger's coaching.
Tysinger will remain the team's primary coach for the goalkeeper position while increasing her involvement in training all of Belmont's players across the field.
"It's incredibly humbling and affirming," Tysinger said of the new position. "I've rediscovered my joy for coaching and I'm excited to go to practice every day, work with these girls and see them love the game that I love too. Heather has been so willing to let me ask questions and weigh in at practice and I can't thank her enough for this opportunity."
Tysinger joined the Bruins last July after one season at Trevecca Nazarene where she also oversaw the goalkeepers and their development. Prior to coming to Nashville, she had a two-year stint playing professionally with the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League. During that span the Lady Eagles claimed the 2014 Regular season championship and reached 2014 Final Four.
Tysinger began her collegiate soccer path by helping the Florida Gators to five NCAA Tournament appearances. Tysinger and the Gators collected three SEC regular season championships and three SEC Tournament championships during her time between the posts.
The Bruins begin their spring schedule against Western Kentucky this Friday.