We believe there’s something more important than just winning or losing a tournament. We believe that the team, school, and fans who support their athletes with dignity and class are the true champions. That’s why we’ve proudly sponsored the WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award for 56 years.
We would like to congratulate Somerset High School on being this year’s recipient of the Boys Hockey Sportsmanship award.
When talking with Head Coach, Dan Gilkerson, we asked him what this award meant to him as a coach, the team and community along with how they teach their athletes about sportsmanship.
Coach Gilkerson is in his 16th season as the Head Coach at Somerset HS and 18th season overall with the program. His assistant coach Ryan Dalzell has been with him every step of the way. For us it is fairly easy to recognize hockey talent and help them improve their skills on the ice but our favorite part of coaching is seeing the growth of each player as an individual person. It is truly amazing to see them transform from a player just trying to fit in, to a senior leading the team and holding teammates accountable for doing things the right way.
Coach Gilkerson said; “We really want every athlete that we coach to have a positive experience and feel valued. We want them to know that they are part of what we have built and what we continue to build towards. We are never finished!”
Congratulation again on a great season and winning the WIAA/Rural Mutual Sportsmanship award. This is a great achievement for the Somerset community.