the court as a freshman was incredible, and made me
really proud as both her teammate and captain. When
she chose Oberlin I was extremely excited to get to play
soccer with her again!
Emilia: I always wanted to work my hardest and do my
best for her because I wanted her senior year to be the
best it could be. I asked her opinion when applying to
college, and Lillian helped introduce me to the soccer
coaches when I visited Oberlin. She was there the first
day I arrived on campus.
What habits did you pick up at International Athletics
in order to become two-sport athletes at Oberlin?
Lillian: Being at a school like International where academics are no piece of cake, I had to figure out time
management from day one, which enabled me to be a
two-sport athlete at Oberlin. In college, you don’t just
have practice and games; you also have weightlifting,
conditioning, game film, game prep/recap, team/individ-ual meetings, training room, and the list goes on. Having
to balance all that, crazy course loads, and being part of
daily Oberlin student life was almost second nature to
me after being a student-athlete at International.
Emilia: Charlene Murphy was integral in shaping me into
What motivates you?
the person and player I am today. Charlene knew how to
motivate me to do my best and draw out skill and effort I
didn’t know I had. She led the women’s basketball team
to places we never dreamed it would go, touching all
of our lives. Charlene taught me to persevere and prove
everyone wrong when they doubted my ability. I use this
still everyday on the court and on the field and probably
most important of all in the classroom and in everyday
Lillian: Wanting to be the best motivates me. I may not
be the fastest or the strongest or the most skilled, but
I will not let you outwork me. I apply that mindset to
all aspects of my life—basketball, soccer, my job and
Emilia: Injustice motivates me. When something isn’t fair
or people don’t think I can do something, I love to prove
people wrong. I love to play for a crowd. This season
we had a winning streak that was unheard of—ten in a
row. We had the stadium packed and it was so amazing
to see people in the halls say, “Nice game,” or ask when
our next one was.
What do you aspire to do now?
Lillian: Since graduating from Oberlin in May 2014,
I have been doing Public Health research with UCSF
at the San Francisco VA Hospital and at San Francisco
General Hospital on Advance Care Planning in
Vulnerable Populations. When I am not at work, I am
still training and playing basketball in hopes of getting a
contract to play basketball overseas!
Lillian Jahan, Oberlin Women’s Basketball vs. Wooster, January 2014 Emilia Omerberg ‘ 13, Oberlin Women’s Basketball