Former University of Michigan women’s soccer player Taylor Timko returns to Ann Arbor as the team’s director of operations, it was announced Wednesday (July 7) by head coach Jennifer Klein.
“We are so excited to add Taylor to our staff and have her back with the program,” said Klein. “As a student-athlete, Taylor truly left her mark, and to now have her back in this new role is great for all of us. Her energy, passion for Michigan and the experience that she has gained since graduating is going to make her excel.”
Timko will be responsible for assisting in all phases of the program such as overseeing team logistics, travel and administrative duties. She also will help organize recruiting visits and travel as well as coordinate special events and projects.
“I am beyond excited to be back with the Michigan women’s soccer program,” said Timko. “It is such an honor to again be a part of a culture of excellence, positivity, selflessness and camaraderie. The thought of returning feels like coming home, and I cannot wait to give back to a program that gave so much to me.”
Timko was a member of the Michigan soccer team from 2014-18, missing the 2016 season due to injury. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a Capital One Academic All-District Five first team honoree, a CoSIDA Academic All-District Five second team member and was named second team All-Big Ten as a defender. She also was the Michigan Athletics’ Female Rookie of the Year and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors.
Timko appeared in 71 career games as a Wolverine and recorded 38 points before graduating with a degree in biology. Following graduation, Timko played professionally in Brisbane, Australia, before returning to Michigan to coach for her local high school and club teams, while working as a scribe in an OB-GYN office.
Along with her duties as a coach, Timko started an organization called MindSoul Sports which offers seminars, mentorship and additional resources to help youth athletes improve their performance by optimizing their mentality.