Athletic director Sharon Cole has announced she will retire from Pembroke Hill at the end of 2021-22. Sharon joined our school in 2018 after nearly 30 years with the Blue Springs, Mo., School District.
“Sharon has provided steady and knowledgeable leadership to our athletic department since she arrived at Pembroke Hill,” said Mike Hill, upper school division head. “Her intense focus on crafting caring relationships and hiring coaches who view their arena as an extension of the classroom has impacted the culture of our athletic teams and led to an excellent environment for our student-athletes.”
During Sharon’s tenure at Pembroke Hill, she has overseen the addition of several sixth grade sports including field hockey, baseball and girls lacrosse as well as the growth of girls wrestling and lacrosse. “Girls lacrosse is an emerging sport and is growing at Pembroke Hill,” she said. The boys lacrosse team has also expanded under Sharon’s leadership. “When I started here, we only had a boys varsity team, now we have both junior and varsity.”
As she reminisced about her time as athletic director, Sharon said she is proud of the quality of the Pembroke Hill coaching staff. “Our coaches do a really great job, and I believe we have improved the level of coaching in the past several years.”
Sharon added that the last 18 months with COVID have been challenging for athletics, and she applauds the coaches for their flexibility and dedication. “Because of the pandemic, we were routinely needing to adjust our schedules and procedures because the situation was constantly changing.”
But with all the uncertainties of COVID, Sharon is proud that Pembroke Hill student-athletes were able to play and to finish out their 2020-21 seasons. “I so appreciate everything PHS did to allow us to be in school in person and to continue to compete athletically.”
She continued, “Our students were so resilient. They followed our protocols because they wanted to play."
Watching the construction of the new athletic center has been a highlight of the last year. Sharon anticipates that the first contest will be held in the new facility in December. “It is going to be a wonderful environment for our students, coaches and spectators!”
As she looks forward to her retirement, Sharon explained that she will miss the students. “I am so impressed with our students,” she said. “I have really enjoyed developing relationships with our athletes and watching them mature and improve in their sports. And they are so appreciative. They often thank me for attending their games!"
“Pembroke Hill is a special place,” Sharon said. “The school community is so supportive, and I am grateful for everyone’s assistance and encouragement.”
As for her future plans, Sharon anticipates spending time with her husband Jedd, their three daughters and four grandchildren (plus one on the way). She also intends to travel and continue her golf game!
“We will miss Sharon’s friendly presence on the sideline during games,” Mike said, “but we wish her well as she begins her next exciting chapter.”
The search for a new athletic director will begin immediately.