Battle Ground Academy’s Ansley Tomlin and Centennial High School’s J.J. Tomlin have been named the first recipients of the John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month Award for the 2012-2013 school year.
Tomlin, daughter of William and LeeAnn Tomlin, is a four-year member of the Lady Wildcats varsity soccer team. A two-year starter at goalkeeper, she is a current team captain.
BGA coach Jan Morrissey describes Tomlin as a hard worker with a great desire and knowledge for the game and has seen her grow as a player over her years on the team.
“When she first came in as a freshman, we weren’t real sure about her,” Morrissey said. “But she has grown so much in the last four years. She’s one of the most confident goalkeepers we’ve ever put on the field.”
She helped lead her team to the Division II-AA semifinals in 2011 and has averaged nine saves per game this season.
In club soccer, she is the starting goalie for the U18 Tennessee Soccer Club team. Prior, she represented Tennessee as the U15 and U16 goalkeeper at the Region III President’s Cup.
Morrissey believes Tomlin has worked herself into a good position to be sought after by college coaches. Having already given a verbal commitment to Birmingham Southern College, Tomlin has gained additional options as schools have gained interest throughout the season.
Away from the field, she maintains a 3.22 grade point average and was elected to BGA’s Youth Board for 2013.
She has volunteered for BGA Soccer Summer Camp, the Williamson County Fair, and has spent time working with Tennessee Soccer Club goalies in the U13 league.
“Off the field, she’s a wonderful girl,” her coach said. “She’s so pleasant to be around. The personality she has is infectious.”
Tomlin, son of Hewitt and Maylil Tomlin, is a two-year starter for the Centennial football team, leading the Cougars to a two historic milestones. The team hosted their first second-round playoff game last season and beat rival Franklin 42-10 for the first time in school history this year.
Through Week 7, he leads all Williamson County quarterbacks with 1430 yards and 16 touchdown passes. As a junior, he threw for 1741 yards and 23 scores.
Tomlin displayed his leadership throughout the offseason according to Centennial coach Brian Rector.
“J.J. is deserving of this award for his commitment to his team and his school,” the coach said. “He spent most of the offseason taking other teammates to and from workouts and has showed tremendous leadership skills in our community.”
During the summer, Tomlin was an Elite 11 QB participant. He attended a regional camp in Atlanta where he received advanced, one-on-one instruction.
Away from football, the senior holds a 4.191 GPA and serves his community through activities at his church, Habitat for Humanity, and working with disabled children.
“(J.J.) has a very charismatic way of leading others,” Rector said. “He has a fantastic character about him as a young man and is very dedicated to being the complete student-athlete.”
The John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month Award, given by John Maher Builders and the Williamson Herald, is decided by a four-person panel that makes their choice based on GPA, leadership qualities, community service, athletic competition, and a written essay by the student-athlete’s nominator.
Each recipient is invited to the annual scholar-athlete banquet at the end of the school year where one male and one female winner will be awarded a $2,000.
Ansley Tomlin photo by Tom Thomson. J.J. Tomlin photo by Reed Galin / firstname.lastname@example.org