Prior to their 1-1 draw against Nova Southeastern on October 15, Rollins women’s soccer honored one of their own, former player, Shay Wilber. Wilber, who passed away in 2015, had her number 13 jersey retired by the program in recognition of all she did for Rollins soccer throughout the years. During the touching pregame ceremony Wilber’s former teammate, and current Rollins head coach, Alicia Schuck presented a large contingent of Shay’s family with a memorial jersey.
In two seasons with the Tars Shay tallied nine goals. Following the 1998 season she was named the Tars first ever Women’s Soccer All-Sunshine State Conference honoree, earning a spot on the second team. Schuck said, “She was tenacious and feisty, with a refined gracefulness on the field. She had a knack for finding the back of the net and could quickly change games in our favor with her perfect touches on the ball. The team was made up of a great group of girls and Shay was the glue that held us all together.” While Dr. Keith Buckley, Shay’s coach during her time at Rollins added, “She worked hard, played for the team and had an aggressive edge to her play.”
Even after her graduation Shay continued to be involved in Rollins soccer, helping the program reach new heights. In 2008 she volunteered her time painting the Tars’ logo in the Rollins women’s soccer locker room. She traveled with the men’s soccer team on their 2009 trip to China. Finally, in 2014, during the Tars run to the national championship game, Shay constantly called and texted the team offering praise and support, even sending cards into the office.
However, Shay’s contributions to the program extended far beyond the pitch. “Off the field Shay was the person that lit up the room when she walked in. She had a great sense of humor and was extremely well liked.” Buckley said. While Schuck called her an amazing teammate and friend, saying she epitomized what a Rollins women’s soccer player should be.
Because of her skill on the field, as well as an amazing commitment and positive attitude off it, the Rollins women’s soccer team has retired Shay Wilber’s number 13.
“Shay loved Rollins Soccer and we are thankful for the energy, dedication, and support she always provided us.”
“She made the day a little brighter and this campus was much the better for having Shay be a part of it. We will miss her immensely.”
-Dr. Keith Buckley