Sheridan Gloyd is in her final semester at Arizona State University. Below, Sheridan reminisces on her time as a Sun Devil and her future plans.
Talk about your experience playing hockey at ASU.
S: Playing hockey at ASU has taught me so much in the last few years. I have learned and gained more skills relating to leadership, work ethic, accountability, and commitment–our core values. I have also made friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life
What is your favorite thing about playing hockey at ASU?
S: My favorite thing about playing hockey at ASU is being a part of growing/building the program up by hitting milestones, such as beating a ranked team. Not only that, but getting to do so with a group of women who I consider family. Plus, I love being close to my immediate family, and having them at every home game.
What is your favorite hockey memory from ASU?
S: My sophomore year we were playing at regionals in Vegas, and in one of our games between the second and third period my leg was hurting pretty bad so I looked down and realized that my sock was cut, and my leg was bleeding. I wanted to play in the third so I told Coach that it was just a little cut and it was fine, but when she came over and looked at it she freaked out and went full mom mode and wanted me to leave to go get stitches. I convinced her that I was fine and would go after the game, so after covering up the cut and hiding the blood on my sock with tape, I got on the ice a little late in the third period and ended up scoring a goal. After the game I went and got stitches. Another favorite memory I have is our annual Missouri trip! For some reason it is always the most fun trip we go on from playing teams we don’t normally get to play to volunteering at an elementary school, and of course going to Pickleman’s–it’s always a blast.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind for ASU Women's Hockey?
S: Easy! When I joined this team, one of our goals was to beat GCU every time we played them, and instead of a goal, that turned into an expectation. Our goal for this season is to make it to the National Championship, and I believe that we will. The legacy that I would like to leave is not only making it to the national championship, but having that be the expectation for years to come.
Any advice for younger players or players looking to play at ASU?
S: Being a coach for our Kachinas program here in the valley luckily has given me more of a chance to talk to young female hockey players about what their goals are for playing hockey at the collegiate level, and how to get there. For all younger players though, In order to achieve your goals, you have to put in the work on and off the ice, and make sure not to take ice time for granted! Every time you are on the ice is a chance to get better!
What is your plan after graduation?
S: After finishing my undergrad, I plan on going for my master’s degree in sports law in business.
From Sheridan, "I would love to give a big thank you to my parents for always believing in me, and making it possible for me to play here at ASU. My freshman and sophomore year my dad would sometimes go to my 7AM practices just because he loves watching me play, and although he might have thought I was embarrassed having him at my college practices, I actually loved it. Another thing that I loved was how my family would always set up in the Oceanside parking lot before home games with snacks and ASU decor, making it fun for everyone. I would also like to say thank you to the coaching staff for making it possible for me to be able to play at Arizona State, and running the program so well. Also, I would like to thank my teammates for being my best friends, and making playing here so amazing!
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to Matt Shott. He was such a great person, who helped me to get to where I am today. He was a very influential person in the growth of hockey in Arizona in general and has given me and so many others opportunities to succeed in the future. His legacy will live on forever."
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