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 in 2017, 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 first three years as head coach 14 players have been selected as NWAC North Regon All-Stars, and 9 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 are 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.
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 Coach: Adrian Manuel
Adrian Manuel enters his fourth 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 which included a 6-14 finish on the season. Manuel has been an integral part of the program's resurgence the past three seasons, as the Tritons have quickly jumped back into the upper echelon of NWAC softball programs.
Under current head coach Sheryl Gilmore, Manuel helps run the Triton’s infield and offense, and shares responsibility with recruiting. Manuel has been coaching softball in the Snohomish County area for 15 years. He started at Alderwood Little League, he moved on to successfully coaching the Edmonds Starz at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U and 18 Gold levels, and was also an assistant coach for the Bellevue Blast 18U and 18 Gold team for two years. Manuel stepped down as the head coach of the Edmonds Starz 18 Gold team in 2016 after a successful run with the summer program.
A native of Waipahu, Hawaii, Manuel moved to Washington in 1992 with his wife of 26 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 24 years. He now lives in Brier and has two daughters, Amber and Nicole. Both Manuel daughters are part of the Triton program. Amber graduated from Chaminade University and was a member of the softball team there. Nicole will be a sophomore on the Edmonds CC softball team in 2017.
Assistant Coach: Matt Wilcox
Matt Wilcox returns for his third 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. He has been largely responsible for increased offensive output the team has strung together the past three seasons, including a record setting 2017 campaign.
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.