Congratulations Bryson Sherriff
the 2023 ALLIANCE Hockey Coach of the Year
, great reward for your work and commitment to your team and players.
This award is given to individuals to recognize their outstanding
contributions, involvement and service to Alliance Hockey.
Coach Sherriff's focus is on developing great players on the ice and producing great people off the ice. With a concern for the person as well as the player, Coach Sherriff recognizes player well-being, consideration of others and providing a memorable experience.
Bryson Sherriff's 10-year involvement began with Chedoke Minor Hockey serving as a house league and select coach for six seasons. From there, this Hamilton Huskies Alumni rejoined the organization and has been with them for the past four seasons as a head coach in their BB programs.
This past season Bryson’s U13BB team had an incredible year. On the ice, their record was 42-12-6, with two tournament championships and two losses in the finals. On the ice, they were united, bonded, and supportive of each other. Despite adversity and challenges, this team rose above. Bryson said, “This group of players, coaches, and parents made coaching enjoyable.”
While being interviewed during the awards ceremony, Byrson shared why he loved to coach: “I have a deep passion for hockey and for sharing my knowledge and experience with young players. Coaching allows me to help young players develop their game's on-ice and mental aspects. I enjoy the excitement that young players bring to hockey, and I want to be part of a competitive atmosphere where players get to be part of a team experience. I enjoy leading a team through the challenges and rewards of a season. My experience with the Huskies organization has been remarkable, and I am proud to have been a part of this association for the last four years. Coaching is my passion, and I pour my entire heart and soul into the players and the season. I plan to continue coaching for years to come. During a six-month hockey season, seeing each other 3-5 times per week, there are friendships and bonds you imagine could last a lifetime. As a coach, I want to leave an impact on a player that will help shape the person they will become. A large percentage of our responsibilities as a coach is our team's on-ice development and performance, but where I, as a coach, can have the most significant impact on a player is during the off-ice time. During a one-on-one conversation or in a group setting, providing guidance, knowledge, or information to help shape who they are becoming as young people rather than just athletes.”
Bryson shared his thoughts with the Alliance on his Coaching Philosophy.
“The responsibility of coaching young athletes is enormous, and I must always remember the impact I can have on a player. There are players whose only positive experience is found at the rink. I always want to take advantage of every opportunity to develop that experience and give that player a joyous moment. As a coach, I am called upon to be a teacher, provider, guidance counsellor, motivator, encourager, sympathizer, supporter, and many others. With leadership comes responsibility. With responsibility comes accountability. I call upon all my players, coaches, families, and myself to hold each other to a standard and keep everyone accountable. We find growth and development through that accountability as people, a team, and a community.”
Thank You from Bryson: “I have been fortunate in my coaching career to have multiple people who have supported, mentored, and taught me many things. To be successful, it is vital to surround yourself with the best people, and throughout my coaching career, I have always tried to do just that. My family, parents, wife, and children have always understood and supported my coaching career. To properly coach a team of young athletes requires immense time and effort commitment; unfortunately, sometimes, that can come at the expense of family time. My family has always understood my love for coaching and has encouraged me to continue and thrive.”
“I would be remiss if I did not thank the Hamilton Huskies Hockey Club and Chedoke Minor Hockey for providing me with the opportunities that I have been provided and for supporting me throughout my coaching career. I want to thank all the coaches I have been with over the years, so many to mention. You have made my job so enjoyable and meaningful.“
On behalf of the Hamilton Huskies Hockey Club, we thank you, Bryson, and congratulate you on this tremendous accomplishment.