By hiring Charlie Tilson as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Spencer Allen added both youth and experience to his staff.
Tilson is only 27 years old, which will help him relate to Northwestern’s players on a personal level. But he has also been where every ball player dreams of from the moment they start playing – the big leagues.
A Wilmette, Ill. Native, Tilson attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, and was taken in the second round of the MLB draft after the senior year in 2011 by the St. Louis Cardinals. After five years in the Cardinals’ system, he came home in a trade to the Chicago White Sox, the team he grew up anchoring.
Tilson played a game at the highest level in 2016, and was then a reserve player for the White Sox in 2018 and 2019. His one major league home race was a grand slam against the Houston Astros on May 22, 2019.
Northwestern is his first opportunity as a coach.
“We are really excited that Charlie Tilson will join our coaching staff here in the Northwestern United States,” Allen said in a statement. “His career speaks for itself, he plays nine years professionally and (three) of those years in the major leagues. What really makes Charlie special is his humility and eagerness to learn. He’s going to be a superstar in the coaching world. ”
Tilson joins assistant head coach Josh Reynolds and assistant coach Dusty Napoleon on the Wildcats’ staff. NOW was 6-7 in 2020 before the season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In their last full season in 2019, the Cats were 24-27, and missed the Big Ten tournament with a single game.
The NCAA and Big Ten have not yet released plans for the 2021 season, but NU will have an experienced team, with eight seniors and four fifth-year players taking advantage of their extra qualifying year.