Trinity-Pawling faculty Shannon Doyle

Varsity hockey players may be loath to admit that a faculty member is the best defender at Trinity-Pawling School.

Shannon Doyle, who teaches middle school and 9th grade English, balances a busy Trinity-Pawling life with her professional hockey career as a Connecticut Whale.

Mrs. Doyle has played for the Whale since the team’s inception when the National Women’s Hockey League was founded in 2015, and NWHL Zone has called her “one of the steadiest defenders in the NWHL” during this time. Prior to her professional career, Doyle was a leader on a successful Boston University Terriers team that celebrated multiple Hockey East Championships and a trip to the NCAA National Championship in 2015.

On February 10th, Doyle represented ‘The Pod’ for Team Szabados at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee in the 2019 NWHL All-Star game. In the contest, Doyle tallied a highlight no-look assist, which the Trinity-Pawling community watched and celebrated during Monday’s morning meeting. Earlier this winter, a group of students traveled to Stamford, CT to cheer on Doyle and the Whale.

Mrs. Doyle is a tremendous example of the great effort and dedication it takes to balance academics and athletics, as it is not unusual for her to attend evening practices during the week in preparation for Saturday and Sunday games. When Doyle isn’t geared up for her own play, the rising talent on Trinity-Pawling’s JV Hockey team enjoys sage coaching from this highly experienced player. From Pride to Pod, we have a star in our midst. Go Whale!

by Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris