Ranney Participates in Shore Conference's Inaugural Women in Sports Day
At the first ever Shore Conference “Women In Sports Day”, Sarah Hughes ’23 represented the Ranney Athletic Department, while Athletic Director Natalie Gorman presented about core values to all of the student athletes.
Sarah Hughes has played varsity basketball for four years at Ranney, and has served as team captain for the last two years. Hughes will elevate her game next year, as she has committed to play for Bates College, a Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference school in Maine.
A Shore Conference star during her own high school years at Red Bank Catholic, Mrs. Gorman went on to play soccer at West Virginia University (WVU). As team captain at WVU, she earned a NSCAA national ranking of #7, a Mid-Atlantic Region ranking of #1, led her team to a spot in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and won the BIG EAST Conference Championship in 2006 and 2007—all while being named BIG EAST Player of the Week six times. During college, Mrs. Gorman also played in the professional women’s soccer league for the Pittsburgh Sparks. Since then, she has served as a soccer coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh—where she earned a master’s degree in Sports Leadership and Administration—and, most recently, as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She also spent time coaching top youth talent at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Training Center and working with players across multiple age groups at the USYSA Region II Olympic Development program.
“It is an honor to address the young women in the Shore Conference and to share with them lessons I’ve learned through my playing, professional, and personal experiences,” said Gorman. “Thank you to the Shore Conference for putting this day together and bringing together some of the brightest female athletes in the conference to expand their world view and hone their leadership skills. It was a great day to honor all that they have accomplished and to help in a small part shape their vision for their futures.”