Head Coach Sheryl Gilmore
Coach Sheryl Gilmore, a former Edmonds CC player, completed her fourth season at the helm of Triton Softball in 2018. The Tritons set a school record in 2018 with 42 wins, claiming the North Region title for the first time since 2004, and placed 3rd at the NWAC Tournament (the highest finish in two decades). She was honored as the North Region coach of the year in 2018 and has guided Edmonds to the NWAC playoffs in three consecutive years. Gilmore passed the 100-win mark as the Tritons' skipper in 2018. Her overall coaching record at Edmonds is 106-60, including a 66-42 record against North Region opponents.
Three members of the 2018 squad have signed national letters of intent to play at four-year universities: Seli Aholelei (Western Washington University, DII), Chasity Stalcup (Northwest University, NAIA), and Nicole Manuel (Pacific Lutheran University, DIII). Additionally, Aholelei and freshman Chantelle Shimabukuro were named to the 2018 NFCA All-American team. For Aholelei, it was the second time she made the list in her Triton career. The decorated two-way player leaves Edmonds as the record holder in numerous categories: home runs, hits, runs, runs batted in, career batting average, pitching wins, and pitching strikeouts. She ended her career being named NWAC Player of the Week four times.
Aholelei was the 2018 Team MVP and was honored as the Triton Athletics Female Athlete of the Year, following her fomer teammate Kamryn Kanae's footsteps from a year ago. Tamia Hirano, Chantelle Shimabukuro, and Aholelei also made the NWAC All-Tournament Team for their performances in Spokane at the championship tournament. Seven players from the 2018 team were named to the NWAC North Region All-Region Team. Seli Aholelei was the Pitcher of the Year. Tamia Hirano, Chantelle Shimabukuro, Kamalei Labasan, and Kalei Cacho-Kekahuna were all 1st Team selections. Chasity Stalcup and Brooke Keli'iho'omalu were 2nd Team selections.
In 2017, Gilmore led Edmonds to a then record setting season, tying the school record with 35 wins and blasting a new school record 77 home runs. The Tritons outscored opponents 357 to 188 and qualified for the NWAC Championships in back-to-back years, something that hadn't been done in nearly a decade.
The 2017 squad finished second in the NWAC North with a 26-6 conference record; they were 35-10 overall. Edmonds, who was ranked in the Under Armour Softball Coaches Poll top five all season long, ended with the No. 1 defense in the conference. They also led the North Region in home runs (77) and slugging percentage (.661), and hit an impressive .379 on the season. Additionally, the Triton pitching staff fanned 215 batters.
In her four years as head coach, 19 players have been selected as NWAC North Regon All-Stars, and 10 players have earned All-Academic honors. In 2017, freshman pitcher Seli Aholelei and sophomore outfielder Kamryn Kanae were selected as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First-Team All-Americans, which is though to be the highest award a softball player can receive in the NWAC. They were the first Triton softball players to earn this prestigious honor.
Other awards for the 2017 team included middle infielder sophomore Paige Matsuki being selected as a First-Team North All-Star and the Team MVP, Kamryn Kanae being named as a First-Team North outfielder and the Triton Athletics Female Athlete of the Year, freshman Seli Aholelei earning First-Team DH/DP honors, sophomore pitcher Hailey Malakowski being named to the North Second-Team as well as freshmen infielders Daria Kawaauhau, Tamia Hirano, and sophomore utility player Hannah Baisch. Matsuki moved on to play at the University of Mary, a NCAA DII school in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kanae continued her career at NCAA DI Seattle University.
The Tritons saw a terrific turn around in 2016 that set the stage for the team's success in 2017. Edmonds CC posted posted a 20-19 mark in 2016 including claiming a berth to the NWAC Tournament for the first time in recent memory for a Triton softball team. Edmonds defeated Southwestern Oregon at NWACs but the team bowed out after a tough loss to Lower Columbia. Hannah Wilcox was selected as a North Region First-Team All-Star. Antionette Watson, Chantel Brown, Paige Matsuki and Kamryn Kanae all earned second team honors. Watson, a stud catcher, received a scholarship and moved on to play at Notre Dame de Namur University, a NCAA D-II school in Belmont, Calif.
Despite losing key starters to injury in 2015, the Edmonds CC softball team won nine contests and remained competitive all season. A hard-hitting squad, Edmonds was led by Madison Wood's 8-round trippers, Chantel Brown's 38 runs, and Antionette Watson's 36 RBIs. Watson and Brown were both selected as NWAC North First-Team All-Stars; Triton Athletics 2015 Female Athlete of the Year Lexie Gray and Shawna Steele also earned All-Academic honors.
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. Sheryl played select softball for the Edmonds Starz from 12U through 18 Gold where she served as a team captain for five straight years. 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 before leading her team back as head coach in 2016.
Sheryl later transferred to Western Washington University and went on to earn both her Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in sports psychology. Gilmore was awarded Magna Cum Laude graduation honors and is published for her softball-related thesis research.
While in school, Sheryl taught exercise physiology labs coached both high school and select travel ball teams, worked as a private hitting instructor, and served as a strength and conditioning coach at WWU. After graduation, Gilmore taught upper division kinesiology classes at Western Washington University and co-founded the Washington Warriors Fastpitch Club, a select travel team. Sheryl led the first team from 16A to 18 Gold and now serves as the head coach of the 14A team.
In addition to coaching, Sheryl currently works as a full-time tenure-track physical education and health instructor at Edmonds CC. She still continues to work on research and product development in the kinesiology field. Coach Gilmore is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a trained high performance coach.
Assistant Coaching Positions Open
Edmonds Community College is currently looking to hire two paid assistant softball coaches. For more information see the announcement and application instructions.