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Tesa McKibben

  • Class
  • Induction
    2019
  • Sport(s)
    Female Student-Athlete

Tesa McKibben, Saint Francis U
Cogan Station, PA/Montoursville
Soccer • 2009-13


“You are watching what greatness is all about.”

It’s a famous quote attributed to announcer Brent Musberger, who may as well be referring to Tesa McKibben and her legendary women’s soccer career at Saint Francis U.

McKibben etched her name in conference folklore when she earned unprecedented recognition as a four-time NEC Player of the Year. In doing so she became the first-ever NCAA Division I four-time Conference Player of the Year.

And that’s just the beginning of her long list of honors.

McKibben, who grew up two hours from Loretto in Cogan Station, PA, led the Red Flash to two NEC Tournament titles and three NEC regular season crowns.

Along the way, she was a four-time NEC Golden Boot Award winner, and racked up 70 goals, 40 assists and 180 points, all school and NEC records.

McKibben was a four-time All-Region honoree, an 18-time NEC Player of the Week selection and as a senior was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the highest individual award in collegiate soccer.

McKibben was just as successful off the field as she was on it. She was a two-time Scholar All-American, a two-time NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll in each of her four years.

She went on to play five years professionally in Germany for FC Saarbrücken from 2014-16 and again from 2017-18. She currently competes for the Lancaster Inferno, a top level amateur women’s soccer team. McKibben is also an assistant coach at Lycoming College.

“This honor could not go to a more deserving player,” said Brenda Van Stralen, who coached McKibben at SFU. “Tesa put in countless hours outside of training to achieve her goals. I am very honored to have played a part in her success along the way!”

“Tesa McKibben will forever be remembered at Saint Francis University for her excellence on the soccer field,” said Bob Krimmel, former SFU Director of Athletics. “Tesa’s skill, passion and leadership took the SFU women’s soccer program to a new level of success that brought recognition to Tesa, her teammates, coaches and Saint Francis University. Through all of Tesa’s accomplishments, she demonstrated humility and a never-ending smile that endeared her to all who knew her. She always made time to help those in need and was a constant presence assisting with athletic events of all times in whatever manner was necessitated by the situation. A champion in every sense of the word, Tesa represented the best in collegiate athletics and embraced the SFU athletics theme to ‘Become That Someone’.”