2012 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jennifer (Evans) Lilley
It's fitting that Jennifer (Evans) Lilley is the first Pepperdine women's soccer player to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
Oct. 18, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 21, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Jamil Macias at 310-506-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Jennifer (Evans) Lilley's turn:
It's fitting that Jennifer (Evans) Lilley is the first Pepperdine women's soccer player to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, because no other player in the program's history has had her name appear with such regularity in the school's record book.
Lilley joined the first-ever Pepperdine women's soccer team in the fall of 1993 after graduating from nearby Royal High School in Simi Valley. She left in the spring of 1997 with a degree in sociology and with 22 Pepperdine single-game, season or career records - 16 of which still stand today.
A forward who was the most prolific goal-scorer in school history, Lilley's records include 20 goals in a season (1993) and 54 for her career.
In the Waves' inaugural season, Lilley ranked second in the West Region in scoring, trailing only Portland All-American and future U.S. National Team star Shannon MacMillan. Over the next three years, as the West Coast Conference adopted women's soccer, Lilley finished eighth (nine goals in 1994), third (14 goals in 1995) and seventh (11 goals in 1996) among the league's top goal-scorers.
Lilley became the first-ever Pepperdine player to receive All-WCC first team honors following the 1995 season, as well as the first to earn that award twice when she was selected again in 1996. She was also the first player to earn regional honors, receiving NSCAA All-West Region first team acclaim in 1995.
With Lilley's help, the Waves enjoyed great success in the early years under coaches George Kuntz and Kenny Dale, winning at least 10 games in three of those first four years and posting a four-year record of 41-28-5. In 1993, the program's first season, the Waves went a perfect 6-0 against UCLA, USC and Loyola Marymount. Lilley scored goals in each of those six games, including the game-winner in an overtime contest at UCLA and in both matchups with USC.
While at Pepperdine, Lilley began serving as a girls' soccer coach at Chaminade Middle School, located in Chatsworth, and her teams would win 14 league championships between 1993 and 2009. After graduation, she would also work at Chaminade as a physical education teacher from 1997 to 2005 and an assistant athletic director from 2000 to 2005. Lilley earned her master's degree in education from Pepperdine in 1999 and a California teaching credential in 2000.
Lilley's playing days didn't end with the Waves, as she went on to play semi-professional soccer with AJAX, the Southern California Blues (winning a national championship in 2002) and the Ventura Fusion.
She and her husband, Scott Lilley (a 1992 Pepperdine graduate), have three children: Ryan, Lucas and Lauren. The family co-founded the Lucas Lilley Foundation in 2007 to honor their son and to help children with traumatic brain injuries. The foundation's goal is to raise funds to sponsor research and medical needs for these children, and each spring they take part in a 200-mile relay as part of a 12-person team to raise money for the cause.