Q&A: Chris Tillett

By Sara Marshall

Chris Tillett (Photo by Sara Marshall)

1.) Where are you originally from?
I lived in Carmel for my first 8 years of life, before moving with my mom to Westfield. I graduated from Westfield High School.
2.) Where do you live now?
We have lived in Greenfield for the last 14 years, but are excited about a future move to Huntington!
3.) Tell me about your family? Ages of your kids?
My beautiful wife’s name is Amy. We have five children. Raven (16), Hannah (13), Austin (10), Josiah (9), and Elijah (8). Amy is a registered nurse and works for Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield and the VA Hospital in Indianapolis. Our family enjoys playing games, has regular Nerf gun battles in the house, and anything with a ball.
Raven plays volleyball and is trying tennis this spring.
Hannah plays soccer and basketball.
Austin participates in some after school programs.
Josiah plays soccer and basketball.
Elijah has stretched us beyond the ball field by getting involved with Hip Hop dancing and theater.
4.) What are you most excited about your new position here at HU?
I am most excited about the many new relationships my family and I will enjoy and the intentional integration of faith throughout all activities.
5.) What are some goals that you have for your team?
My goals for the team include being a team that adds value to others, not just teammates, but the University and the community of Huntington and beyond. We will represent each other, the University, and Huntington with character and constant work towards excellence.
6.) What are some hobbies that you have?
My hobby is keeping up with my kids and their activities. I enjoy the car ride conversations to and from practices and games, cheering and encouraging them as they give their best, beating them in a game of living room basketball or UNO, and in general finding ways to add value to them.
7.) What is your experience, coaching and playing soccer?
Playing experience—I played travel soccer during the junior high grades leading up to my playing career at Westfield High School. After Westfield, I played at Anderson University.
I started my coaching career by coaching travel for some boys teams while I was finishing my teaching degree. When I accepted a teaching position at Greenfield, they immediately sent me over to the high school to talk about a soccer position. I assumed it was a boys position, but was wrong. I was scared! I had never coached girls before and wasn’t sure how. I have looked back on that day often as a life changing event, because I have learned and been blessed so much from coaching the many young women over the years that have been a part of the teams I have served. I coached at Greenfield for a total of five years (1 as assistant and 4 as head coach), while also coaching my daughters youth teams. My last 6 years I have spent coaching the amazing young women at New Castle High School and serving as a coach at Hoosier Futbol Club.
8.) Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I attended Anderson University for two years, before transferring to IUPUI where I finished my elementary education degree. I obtained my masters and my principal’s licensure from Indiana Wesleyan.
9.) How long have you and your wife been married? and Where did you meet?
Amy and I have been married for 14 years. We met while both taking classes at IUPUI…and I am almost certain she fell in love with me at first sight! Not really, I had to work very hard to even get her to notice me…but I am persistent and finally wore her down! We have had a fantastic marriage and many adventures. Our children have been a wonderful blessing, with the addition of Raven and Austin 4 years ago only making it that much better!

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