Former Leatherneck soccer player signs professional contract


Becca Langys

Tim Trilk guards the goal.

Bradley Piros, Sports Editor

CHATANOOGA, Tenn. – Four-year Leatherneck Tim Trilk signed a professional contract with Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Friday (Jan. 24). Trilk was ranked as the No. 6 goalkeeper in the NCAA after his final season with the Leathernecks.

Trilk’s former head coach and Director of Soccer Dr. Eric Johnson was proud of his accomplishments.

“I am very happy for Tim,” Johnson told WIU Athletics Communications. “He paid his dues both in the classroom and on the field the last four years. His dream to continue playing after college has come true and I am very proud of his accomplishments.”

Trilk left a legacy at Western and set some records along the way over the course of his four-year tenure. In his senior season for Western, he finished second in The Summit League and sixth in the NCAA with a 90-save campaign. That statistic led him to two Summit League Defensive Player of the Week awards as well as a First Team All-League selection. Trilk finished with four Defensive Player of the Week nominations, which tied the program record.

Trilk played 49 games for the Leathernecks, logging over 4,700 minutes. He played 4.733:13 to be exact, which marks fourth in program history. He made 201 saves, which is good for eighth in program history and boasted a .705 save percentage. He finished his time at Western with a 14-29 career record and eight shutouts.

On top of all his soccer related accolades, he also shined in the classroom. He graduated last December with a 3.8 GPA as a hospitality management major and a Departmental Scholar.

Head coach of the Red Wolves Jimmy Obleda, who was recently appointed coach on Nov. 21, 2019, was happy with his club’s new signing.

“Tim is one of the best up and coming goalkeepers in the country,” Obleda told reporters. “He has great control and commands respect in his area. He also is very good with his feet, which is a great skill for the modern goalkeeper. We are happy to have him, and our goalkeeping position is in great hands.”

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC were founded in 2018 and are part of the USL League One. Last season, the Red Wolves finished fifth out of 10 teams finishing with a 10-8-10 record.