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Player to Coach: Madison Tiernan

By Evan Unger, 02/15/21, 1:00PM EST


From Voorhees, NJ, Madison Tiernan enjoyed a very successful youth and college soccer career. As a member of PDA, Tiernan would win numerous championships, and was also a part of the NJYS ODP program and a two-time ODP National Champion. She was also a member of the U15 US Youth National Team. With Eastern HS, she was a four-time All-State selection (2009-2012), a three-time Regional All-American (2010-2012) and a two-time All American (2011-2012). In her Senior season, she was named NJ State Player of the Year. Riley Tiernan, Madison’s younger sister, was named 2020 HS Player of the Year by several publications, and will follow in Madison's footsteps as she competes for Rutgers University next Fall.

At Rutgers University, Tiernan would play in 88 career games, making 85 starts. She would score 25 goals including 9 game winners, and also add 16 assists. In her Junior and Senior years, she was named to the Big Ten Women’s Soccer All-Tournament Team. Tiernan helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons, and her Junior season the team reached the final four. 

In 2017, Tiernan was the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft to Sky Blue FC. In her rookie season, Tiernan made her debut on April 23rd against the Boston Breakers, and made her first start on May 27th. During her career with Sky Blue FC, Tiernan would have five goals and two assists in 42 appearances. Tiernan announced her retirement from professional soccer after a series of injuries. 

When speaking about her playing experience shaping her as a coach, Tiernan stated: “Playing soccer for as long as I did taught me a lot about life between the lines, but more importantly life off the pitch. The lessons I learned through the sport have given me the opportunity to help the next generation of soccer players grow and aspire to be the best versions of themselves. I feel so lucky to have been guided and taught by some of the best coaches in the game and I’m so excited to now be in that role.”

During her time at Sky Blue FC, Tiernan also worked with the Rutgers Women’s soccer program as Director of Player Development, and in 2020 switched positions to Volunteer assistant coach. In the club space, Tiernan has worked with PDA, and now works with Hillsborough SC. She currently works predominantly with the club’s Zone 1 teams and also with the club’s Pre-HS girls team. Along with team training, Tiernan develops players in the club’s Short Sided Soccer programs and Individual Clinic programs. Tiernan is the only coach to be named to EDP Promising Young Coaches list in both 2020 and 2021.

On her experience with Hillsborough SC and coaching in EDP Soccer, Tiernan commented: “My experience working with the Hillsborough Soccer Club and EDP Soccer has been nothing short of enjoyable. Even amidst a global pandemic, I’ve been able to make connections with so many young, ambitious soccer players. I feel lucky to be able to learn from even more mentors in the game, as well as from working with different age groups at the club.”