May 14, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Lindsey Sillers and Ashley Willis were two of the seven Alabama soccer players who earned degrees at the May 3 spring commencement ceremonies in Coleman Coliseum. The duo was recently featured on TideTV discussing their journey as an Alabama student-athlete.
"This year's graduation was particularly big in numbers and importance for me personally," UA head coach Todd Bramble said. "This group that came through was my first full recruiting class since I started at Alabama (in 2008). Academically, this was a high achieving group that has also help to establish the culture of the program for years to come.
"It's appropriate that Ashley and Lindsey were featured in this graduation piece as they have represented our program well during their careers," Bramble added.
Both players received their bachelors of science and human environmental science degree. Sillers, a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majored in food and nutrition, while Willis majored in consumer affairs.
The duo helped the Alabama soccer team garner the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season in 2012. The honor is given to teams that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Both also gave an impressive effort on the pitch. Last season, Sillers played in 17 games and finished with five points on two goals and assist, on the way to earning the 2012 Coaches Award. Meanwhile, Willis started all 19 games in the defense and helped the backline to five shutouts last season.
Other soccer players who earned their diplomas this spring include: Kylee Brown, Meghan Duffy, Megan Peterson, Josie Rix and Katie Woolbright (graduate degree).
Bramble has now had a total of 26 student-athletes who have earned their degree during his five seasons at the Capstone.
In all, over 70 Crimson Tide student-athletes received their diplomas during the spring commencement.