LYNNWOOD (July 23) -- Edmonds Community College hired Sheryl Gilmore as its new softball head coach on Wednesday. Gilmore, a former EdCC player, takes over an EdCC fastpitch team that came within a game of qualifying for the postseason in 2014.
“I am very excited and honored to accept the position as the new head coach,” said Gilmore. “I would like to thank (athletic director) Jorge de la Torre and (assistant athletic director) Spencer Stark for providing me with this opportunity and believing in the softball program here at Edmonds. I am looking forward to continuing the vision that former head coach, Shawna Juarez, had for this ball club and I am thrilled to have assistant coach, Adrian Manuel, on board. They have both done an amazing job turning the Triton softball program around, recruiting a group of very talented athletes, whom I cannot wait to work with.”
Gilmore has extensive experience playing and coaching softball in the Snohomish County area. She had a stellar four-year career at Edmonds-Woodway HS, where she received first-team all Wesco and first-team all-league honors as a shortstop, as well as MVP and most inspirational player during her senior season.
After high school, Gilmore continued her softball career at Edmonds CC where she was a member of the last Triton team that reached the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) championships. “My goal is to take this team back to NWACs,” said Gilmore. “My time at Edmonds CC playing for Janessa Riley (Karstens) made me realize that I wanted to be a coach. I fell in love with the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm that she brought to the game. Her coaching style is one that I strive to emulate.”
Sheryl later transferred to Western Washington University and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in sports psychology, and Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance. Gilmore was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors as a master’s candidate and will soon be published for her softball related thesis research.
Gilmore taught upper division kinesiology classes and worked as a strength and conditioning coach at WWU before moving back to Snohomish County where she co-founded the Washington Warriors Fastpitch Club, an 18U select travel team that participates at the 18A and 18 Gold levels.
“We have known about Sheryl for some time though her club team,” said de la Torre. “She was at the top of our list to take over the program, so we couldn't have been happier when she agreed to take the job. Sheryl will be a great fit on what I think is the best coaching staff in the NWAC.”