New Coaches Hired for Boys’, Girls’ Varsity Hockey Teams

When the Rivers hockey teams take to the ice next season, there will be a couple of new hands at the helm—for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Athletic Director Bob Pipe recently announced the appointment of Freddy Meyer as head boy’s hockey coach and Courtney Sheary as his opposite number for the girls’ hockey team.
Pipe had the rare challenge—and opportunity—to hire new head coaches in both positions thanks to the departure of boys’ coach Shawn McEachern and girls’ coach Dana Trivigno.

Pipe says there was no shortage of strong candidates but that Sheary and Meyer easily rose to the top of the field. Meyer, a former NHL player, was a member of three Beanpot Championship teams at Boston University and was named a First Team All-American. After college, he played semi-pro and pro hockey for nine years. Later, he spent two years as an assistant coach for the Manchester Monarchs, a semi-pro team based in New Hampshire. In 2014 he joined the elite East Coast Wizards hockey club, where he has held multiple positions, including coach, general manager, and director. Meyer is also the owner and operator of Dream Big HockeyStars, a premier hockey training program based in Winchester.

Sheary brings a similarly impressive hockey resume to her new role. Both at Cushing Academy and the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a degree in sociology, Sheary was a standout on the ice. At UNH, she served as assistant captain and received the 2011 Colleen Coyle award, given to the team’s top defenseman.

Post-college, Sheary returned to her alma mater, Cushing Academy, to serve as head girls’ ice hockey coach and assistant athletic director, a position she held for five years. She next moved on to coach at the college level, serving as assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College and Boston College. Most recently, she has been assistant coach at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. Sheary also serves as head instructor for on-ice skills at Meyer’s Dream Big HockeyStars.

For his part, Pipe is delighted at having been able to recruit talented and dedicated coaches to step into McEachern and Trivigno’s admittedly large shoes. “We interviewed a number of great candidates for both positions, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” says Pipe. “We felt Freddy had just the right mix of skills and experience for this position. He’s a dynamic personality in the hockey world who has played at every level and has a proven track record as a coach of young players. He works well with young people and he knows how to develop their skills.”

As for Sheary, says Pipe, “I am thrilled to have Courtney take over our program.” Like Meyer, he says, Sheary has extensive experience working with young players. “She comes to Rivers with a great coaching background, including a mix of prep school and college experience. She will do a great job connecting with our girls and developing them on the ice and off. She’s a great role model and knows what it takes to play at the next level.”