Five years ago, Phillip Sheldon was standing in a hole he dug while deployed in Afghanistan as a machine-gunner with the Marines. As he stood there, he wondered where life would lead him. Sheldon soon found himself emailing the Office of Undergraduate Admission at William & Mary, hoping to find that answer. “I feel more humbled than anything that I can be here today looking back at that point five years ago,” Sheldon said. Sheldon, 26, aims to major in international relations at W&M — a path he believes he is well prepared for. As he begins a new chapter in his life at the W&M, Sheldon has gotten involved in several ways. He serves as goalie of the ice hockey club team and is running for transfer outreach and liaison positions involving veterans and students.
“I had never been on a trip like this before,” said Kell, who was a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association national team that toured eastern Europe for two weeks and played five games against foreign competition earlier this year. “This trip to Europe was all about cultural experiences. I learned so much while abroad. It was half hockey, half cultural education."
Tribe Hockey players chose William and Mary for academics. They play for love of the game, although the club has had its share of success in 30 years including winning the BRHC title in 2011, and boasts some on-campus appeal — President Taylor Reveley has made it a point to attend a game the last several seasons.
The William and Mary club hockey team celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday in the Great Hall of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, with a ceremony that featured past and present players as well as Delegate Mike Watson and College President Taylor Reveley. The ceremony commemorated not just the club’s milestone achievement but also the loss of former coach Phil Morris and player Jason Cassels last semester.