Coach, Daughter Combo has IWU Volleyball Cruising

Browns Leading Titans to Big Season

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - When Tyler Brown first started playing volleyball at Illinois Wesleyan, there was an interesting problem.

"She didn't know what to cal me the first day of practice," said her mom, Kim Nelson-Brown. "I was walking by and she says, 'hey.' You can call me anything, Kim, coach, mom but not 'hey.' the four years together."

Now you can call them winners, the Titans are 21-6 and one of the favorites heading into this weekend's conference tournament.

Tyler came to her mom's volleyball camp at Illinois Wesleyan when she was in kindergarten, so she always thought she might play for the Titans. But being recruited by her mom?

That was a different experience. 

"Going through the recruiting process, she left me a voice mail," the younger Brown said. "She introduced herself as Kim Nelson-Brown. It was weird, we tried to split (the recruiting) from coach to mom."

Tyler is a junior and was an All-American last year.

"We treated her like anyone else," Nelson-Brown said of recruiting her daughter. "She came and did the visit, the overnight (visit), sat in on a class. Just like everyone else. I thought that was big fir her to experience it and not be treated differently, even though she says "I'm not calling you back."

The Titans, who had a 12-match win streak earlier in teh season, will head to the CCIW tournament as the second-seed behind Millikin.

Kim led Illinois State to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance when she was in college. Tyler would love to do the same this year with her Titans.

"Making it there and being successful in the tournament," Tyler Brown said. "It's huge for or team, our program and her. It will be awesome."


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