Monaghan inks four new faces for 2022 season


MEMPHIS, TN. – Women’s Football Head Coach Brooks Monaghan and the staff are delighted to announce the signing of four more additions for the 2022 season in Briana Henry, Kaylie Bierman, Lilly Huber and Eef Kerkhof.

“We are thrilled to add these four young women to our team this fall,” said Monaghan. “As a group, they bring different skills and abilities that should make us better in certain areas of the game.”

Briana Henry | Transfer | Hamilton, ON | Saint Jean de Brefoeuf | Burlington Strength

Henry, a forward from Hamilton, Ontario, comes to Memphis from St. Jean de Brefeuf where she was an avid soccer and track athlete. Henry would help lead his Burlington Force team to a 2021 championship under Casey Downey.

Why Memphis for Henry:
“I chose Memphis because it has a very competitive football program playing at a very high level which will help me continue to develop my football skills significantly.”

Kaylie Bierman | Guardian | Grovetown, Georgia | Grovetown High School | UNC-Wilmington


Bierman, a goaltender from Grovetown, Georgia, comes to Memphis after spending last season at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and helping the Seahawks win a Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship. Bierman recorded 60 saves and five shutouts in 16 starts as a true rookie. She was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Mid-Season Top-100 Freshman list, was ranked second in the CAA and 20and in Division I with a .845 save percentage and was also one of the top goaltenders in the nation with a .082 goals-against average that ranked her second in the CAA and 45and globally.

In addition to national honors, Bierman broke the UNCW goals-against-average record and was twice named CAA Rookie of the Week. She was also named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State Women’s Soccer Team in 2021.

Prior to her college debut with the Seahawks, Bierman prepared for Grovetown High School where she was an athlete in two sports of football and flag football. She helped her football team achieve a Class 6A Elite Eight in her freshman year and senior season and was named Regional Player of the Year in 2021. She was also named Honorable Mention and MVP in 2018, first team all-region in his sophomore season and was captain in his junior and senior years.

Why Memphis for Bierman:
“I chose the University of Memphis because I felt a connection with the coaching staff even before I met them. I felt like I could be myself and the team was one. family I wanted to be part of. I am delighted to be competing at such a high level and as a goalkeeper with dreams of playing professionally, I am delighted to be trained and mentored by coaches and goalkeepers who have come this far. .”

Lilly Huber | Midfielder | Augsburg, Germany | FC Bayern Munich | University of Kentucky


Huber, a native of Augsburg, Germany, comes to Memphis after playing his freshman season at the University of Kentucky. The midfielder played 16 games for the Wildcats while making 14 starts and scoring over 1,200 minutes played in 2021.

Prior to his college debut at Lexington, Huber played three seasons with FC Bayern Munich under Nathalie Bischoff. In 42 games with FC Bayern Munich, Huber scored three goals and helped his team to a 7-2-4 finish in 2020. Huber also participated in the German national team’s U17 and U19 training camps.

Why Memphis for Huber:
“I had great discussions with Coach Monaghan and I’m thrilled to be a part of this strong program. I will be joining a highly competitive team that pushes each other to have successful seasons year after year. Memphis will allow me to play at a high level and compete with other quality teams.”

Eef Kerkhof | Forward/Middle | Windmills, Netherlands | Fontys Economische Hogeschool Tilburg | SC Heerenveen


Kerkhof, a native of Mills, Netherlands, comes to Memphis as a graduate student after playing the past three seasons with SC Heerenveen. The Dutch athlete made 22 starts in 25 games for her team last season at the top level of football in the Netherlands.

Why Memphis for Kerkhof:
“The first meeting with Coach Monaghan was very informative and felt familiar. The entire coaching staff and extended staff were very helpful in my process. Also, Memphis plays football at a very high level. I can’t wait to get my master’s degree as a tiger!”

“I can’t wait to see how quickly each of them can adapt to our atmosphere here in Memphis. Hopefully this process will be quick and the group can have an immediate impact,” Monaghan said.

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