2009-2010 Women's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year, Presented by Harrow Sports



The 2010 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Women's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award, presented by Harrow Sports, goes to Sharon Addison of the University of Delaware, as selected by the ACHA Women’s Division 2 Competition Committee.  This is the second ACHA Women's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award for Sharon in the last three seasons, having also won in 2008.


Sharon will be presented her ACHA Women's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award at the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year Celebration on Friday, April 30, 2010, at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, FL.


Sharon has been the Head Coach of the University of Delaware Women’s Ice Hockey Team since the team’s inception in 2003.  She has helped the Fightin' Blue Hens to six winning seasons, two undefeated seasons, and playoff finishes of third place or better for every year they have been a member of the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC).


The Delaware team was undefeated in their league during the 2007-2008 season and were Playoff Champions.  The undefeated season helped the team earn their first bid to the ACHA Women’s Division 2 National Championships, which they attended in Chicago, IL.  During the 2009-2010 season, the team again went undefeated during the regular season earning them the #2 ranking in the East Region in all four rankings throughout the season.  The team attended the ACHA Women’s Division 2 National Championships this year in Blaine, MN, and earned a 3rd place finish, defeating St. Scholastica 3-2 in overtime.  This is the highest finish any team from the DVCHC has ever achieved at the ACHA Women’s Division 2 National Championships.


Coach Sharon strives not only to make her players good, solid competitors on the ice but to teach them valuable lessons that will serve them long after they graduate from college.  Key philosophies she emphasizes in coaching are:  1) Respect - treating players, coaches, opponents and referees with respect and displaying good sportsmanship at all times; 2) Commitment/Dedication - expecting 100% attendance from her players at games and practices, along with the desire and intensity to always put forth the best effort; and 3) Relationship Building - establishing a relationship with the person and not just the player by communicating frequently and getting to know players both on and off the ice.


Coach Sharon enjoys introducing the sport of hockey to new players, working with veterans to improve their individual skills, and the overall management required to unite players of all skill levels to form a cohesive, successful team.  She is proud to have witnessed the tremendous growth in her team, in women’s college hockey overall and girl’s hockey in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Sharon currently plays on a local women’s ice hockey team (the Delaware Bobcats) and is president of this women's organization and captain of one of the teams.  She also plays on an in-house men’s league team with her husband Paul and plays in a spring league with several of her UD players.  When not on the ice, Sharon enjoys snowboarding, sea kayaking and various home "fix it" projects.


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



Sharon Addison

University of Delaware


Nick Carpenito

Northeastern University


Sharon Addison

University of Delaware


Heath Isaacson

South Dakota State University