Head Coach Sheryl Gilmore
Coach Sheryl Gilmore, a former Edmonds CC player, completed her third season at the helm of Triton Softball in 2017. Gilmore led Edmonds to a record-setting season, tying the school record with 35 wins, while breaking the school record for home runs (77) in the process. The Tritons outscored their opponents 357-to-188 as the team qualified for the NWAC Championships in back-to-back years, something that hadn't been done in nearly a decade.
The 2017 Triton Softball team finished second in the North region with a 26-6 conference record, going 35-10 overall. Edmonds, who was ranked in the Under Armor Softball Coaches Poll as one of the top five teams in the NWAC all season long, ended with the No. 1 defense in the conference and led the region in home runs and in slugging percentage (.661). The Tritons hit an impressive .379 on the season and the pitching staff struck out 215 batters.
In her first three years as head coach, 14 players have been selected as NWAC North region all-stars and 9 players have earned All-Academic honors as sophomores. In 2017 two players -- freshman pitcher Seli Aholelei and sophomore outfielder Kamryn Kanae -- were selected as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First-team All-Americans, which is thought to be the highest award a softball player can receive in the NWAC.
Nine talented sophomores have graduated and moved on, including NWAC First-team all-stars Paige Matsuki (Team MVP) and Kamryn Kanae (Triton Athletics Female Athlete of the Year), Coach Gilmore will return all eight freshman from the 2017 roster and one North region all-star from the 2016 roster.
Gilmore has led a terrific turn around of the program since her arrival in 2015. In 2016 the team posted a 20-19 record and claimed a berth to the NWAC Tournament, the first in nearly a decade for Edmonds CC. The Tritons upset Southwestern Oregon at the NWAC championships, but bowed out after a tough loss to Lower Columbia. In 2014 the team won eight games as Gilmore established a new culture.
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 she brought her own Triton team back to the tournament as 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, an 18U select travel team that participated at the 18A and 18 Gold levels.
In addition to coaching, Sheryl currently works as a full-time tenure track physical education instructor at the college; she 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, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also a trained high performance coach.
Assistant Coach: Adrian Manuel
Adrian Manuel is in his third season as an assistant coach for Edmonds CC. Coming on board in 2014 under former head coach, Shawna Juarez, he helped lead the Tritons to their first win in eight years and went 6-14 on the season.
Under second year head coach Sheryl Gilmore, Manuel helps run the Triton’s infield and offense, and handles some of the recruiting responsibilities. Manuel has been coaching softball in the Snohomish County area for 14 years. Starting off at Alderwood Little League, he moved on to successfully coaching the Edmonds Starz at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U and 18 Gold levels. He also was an assistant coach for the Bellevue Blast 18U and 18 Gold team for two years. Manuel is currently the head coach of the Edmonds Starz 18 Gold team.
A native of Waipahu, Hawaii, Manuel moved to Washington in 1992 with his wife of 25 years, Kehaulani. In Hawaii, he coached youth football for four years. In addition to coaching, Manuel works for Columbia Distributors where he has been for 23 years. He now lives in Brier and has two daughters, Amber, a senior at Chaminade University who also plays on the softball team and Nicole, a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School who will attend Western Oregon University this fall and play softball.
Assistant Coach: Matt Wilcox
Matt Wilcox is in his first year as an assistant coach at Edmonds, but has been actively coaching fastpitch softball in the Snohomish County area since 1999. Wilcox has coached for notable travel teams such as the Northwest Lady Sharks, the Edmonds Starz, and the Diamond Gals, taking multiple teams to district, state, and regional championships, ASA and NSA state championships, and top 10 finishes at ASA national’s tournaments and the Hall of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City. Matt’s focus with the Tritons includes hitting, vision training, outfield, and pitching.
In addition to coaching softball, Wilcox coached with the FC United soccer club for eight years at the select level (11U-19U), which included three trips to the Washington state championships, highlighted with a state title at the 17U level. Matt also coached both boys and girls basketball for twelve years.