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2007-2008 Women's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year

2008-04-07


Sharon Addison, University of Delaware

Sharon Addison (University of Delaware)

The 2008 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Women's Division 2

Coach-of-the-Year Award goes to Sharon Addison of the University of

Delaware.

 

Sharon is a USA Hockey Level III coach and is a frequent attendee at coaching clinics and symposia.   The Delaware Women’s Team is now five years old.  Each year, the team has improved along with the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC).  Last year, Delaware began appearing in the ACHA rankings and even showed potential for a nomination to the national tournament early in the season.  During their fourth season they finished first for the regular season in the DVCHC and second in playoffs.

 

This year, the University of Delaware was undefeated and finished in first place in the DVCHC for regular season play and won the DVCHC Championships.  They were ranked #2 in the ACHA East Region earning them an invitation to Nationals.  The team attended the ACHA National tournament in Chicago for the first time.

 

Sharon’s coaching philosophy entails reinforcing key concepts such as playing to the best of one’s ability, working constantly to improve, playing with enthusiasm and intensity, and remaining respectful for the game, opponents and teammates.

 

Sharon took a non-traditional route to an ACHA head coaching position.  Unlike many coaches, she did not start skating and playing hockey as a child.  Sharon spent the free time of her childhood at the community pool in southern Maryland.  She continued swimming to become a NCAA Division 1 sprinter for the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC).

 

After graduation from UMBC, Sharon began working for United Parcel Service [UPS], was promoted into management and transferred to Atlanta, GA.  While in Atlanta, Sharon met another UPS’er who played hockey and coached the Atlanta Thrashers women’s recreational hockey team.  This coach encouraged Sharon to come out to a women’s practice and give ice hockey a try.  Sharon did not play her first ice hockey game until the age of 31.  After marrying the coach, Paul Addison, Sharon left UPS.  But her commitment to the game of hockey continued to grow.  She played with the Atlanta Thrashers from 1997 to 2001.  She also began to play on various men’s teams in Atlanta.

 

In 2001, UPS transferred Paul to Delaware.  Sharon joined the Delaware Bobcats women’s recreational team, eventually becoming team Captain and President of the organization, two positions she still holds today.  In 2003, two University of Delaware students who were playing for the Bobcats wanted to start a Delaware women’s ice hockey club team.  They asked Sharon to coach the team and she accepted.

 

Since 2003 Sharon has watched the skill level of her players and the league increase significantly each year.  In the beginning, the Delaware team consisted of numerous players new to the sport and a handful of experienced hockey players.  Now each year the University of Delaware attracts more players with experience yet they remain open and encouraging enabling new players to tryout for the team.

 

Sharon lives in Landenberg, PA with her husband Paul and two cats--Hat Trick and Lord Stanley.  In addition to her Delaware and Bobcats responsibilities, Sharon plays on a men’s team in Newark DE.

 

Past Winners of the ACHA Women’s Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award:

 

2007-2008

Sharon Addison

University of Delaware

2006-2007

Heath Isaacson

South Dakota State University

 




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