Coach Biography: Gretchen Silverman
Upon graduating from Loomis Chaffee, Gretchen went on to Dartmouth College, where she majored in history modified with economics. At Dartmouth she was a stand-out hockey player and remains the program’s all-time leading scorer with 189 goals and 312 points. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the year as a freshman, was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, and captained the Dartmouth Big Green during the 1993-94 season. She played on several U.S. Women’s National teams before earning a spot on the 1998 Olympic team. As a member of the Olympic team—alongside Taft alumna A.J. Mleczko ’93—Gretchen won gold in Nagano, Japan—contributing a team-leading 8 points with 3 goals and 5 assists (she scored the first goal of the US gold-medal game against Canada—the first goal ever in a women’s Olympic ice hockey gold-medal game). After graduating from Dartmouth, she began her independent-school teaching and coaching career at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, where she taught history and algebra and coached girls’ varsity soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. In her first year of coaching soccer at Pingree, she was honored as the Eastern Independent League Coach of the Year. During her final year at Pingree and for four years following, she founded and directed Northshore Hockey School for Girls (MA). During this time she also earned her Master’s in Elementary Education from Lesley College. After marrying her husband Steve, she moved to California, where she taught third grade at Madonna del Sasso in Salinas, CA. In her move back to New England, she taught at The Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA. And upon a move to Torrington, Connecticut, she has taught, since 2008, at Litchfield Montessori School. In addition to being a committed school educator, Gretchen remains committed to hockey, most recently coaching youth hockey here in Watertown (in Taft rinks!)—including the coaching of some current Taft faculty children—for which she is highly regarded. At Taft, Gretchen will work in admissions and teach math, live in Centennial with her husband Steve and two sons, and be the head coach of girls ice hockey as well as coaching lacrosse.
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