Alumni Update: Andie Tuemmler

By Elena Wasserman

Eclipse is now going into its fifth year as a soccer club. As a growing club, there are growing players and coaches, many of whom have moved onto different cities. Eclipse is known for not only creating great teams, but an overall community filled with people who love the sport of soccer. Andie Tuemmler was one of the original players for Eclipse and has been a part of the club ever since year one. Where is she now? What is she up to? We called her up to find out.

Q: When did you first start playing soccer?

A: I started playing soccer in first grade because my dad wanted me to sign up and just kept playing.

Q: Where did you play before Eclipse?

A: I started out at Mustang, and then when I moved to Orinda I played OYA and then Lamorinda and then Eclipse, which was definitely the most fun I’ve had.

Q: Why was Eclipse the most fun you’ve had?

A: I feel like they really encourage you to have a good time along with developing soccer skills. Also, the team was great. I love everyone – they’re awesome.  

unnamedQ: How was it playing your first year with only 9 girls?

A: It was a little strange because we couldn’t play full-sided games, but I ended up really liking it because I feel like it gave us the chance to get to know each other super well. Because we bonded so well it was easy to bring the new girls the next year in and bring everyone close. Also, I feel like I developed a lot of technical skills because we played a lot of 3v3 and 5v5 games which made us focus on faster-paced passing on a smaller field.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories from Eclipse?

A: Oh gosh, I really liked our tournaments especially when we would go away and spend the night. It was fun to go away and spend time with each other. Also our chill practices where we would do HORSE. Oh and I love playing cuppies. Oh, also it was super cool when we met Julie Foudy.

Q: What else have you done other than playing for Eclipse?

A: I also coached for a year about three years ago. I assistant coached U12 girls. I also did refereeing since then.

Q: How was coaching for Eclipse?

A: Coaching was great. The kids were so interested in the game and it was so fun watching them. I learned a lot about leadership and how to get people excited about things. It was also cool coming at soccer from a different perspective because I had only known soccer as a player, coaching influenced how I played.

Q: What do you think makes Eclipse different than other soccer clubs?

A: I think, as I said before, Eclipse focuses on building the whole person. Obviously soccer skills is important because it’s a soccer club, but they also focus on leadership and they have leadership academies and they let alumni come back and coach. It’s about bringing soccer into the community. For example, for OMPA Shane posted good luck to the swimming players, no other club would do that. For Eclipse it’s more about building a person instead of just a player.

Q: What have you learned from Eclipse that has helped you in your own life?

A: I’ve learned a lot about teamwork, with my experience coaching and playing on the small team, I learned about creating a sense of working together.unnamed (1)

Q: What are you up to now?

A: I am going into my sophomore year at Occidental College, which is near LA. I’m a double major in Economics and International Relations. In my free time I’ve been doing some community service work where I’m starting an international human rights club. I’ve also been running a lot and am hoping to run a half marathon this fall. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve also been doing a lot of model United Nations. It’s kind of public speaking, basically you’re assigned to a country and you try and decide resolutions by debating with other countries what you should do.

Q: What has Shane taught you during your time at Eclipse?

A: He for one is such a patient person, but he’s taught me how to encourage people to try new things. He is so flexible and focused on making soccer work for every player. I admire him trying to do the best thing for each individual player.

Elena Wasserman is a former Eclipse player, referee, and coach who is now a journalism major at Cal Poly. She is currently working as a broadcast reporter for Mustang News, the news organization at Cal Poly, and is overjoyed with the opportunity to write for Eclipse.