Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Sordillo ’21
2021 NJC OUTSTANDING SENIOR READY TO MAKE A SPLASH AT PHILLIPS EXETER
Who better to recognize in our first Alumni Spotlight than 2021 graduate, Ryan Sordillo? Sordillo was named the club’s outstanding senior after spending several seasons in the red, white and blue. The forward plans to play as a post-grad for Phillips Exeter Academy and has scored 10 points in 20 games with the Northern Cyclones Tier 1 Prep team.
Sordillo is a humble, quiet leader who excels as a multi-sport athlete and as a student. Named an AYHL All-Star in 2020, he was the recipient of several hockey awards in Spring 2021: New Jersey Colonials George Charette Award (Outstanding senior), Atlantic District Lou Manzione Scholarship, and Mennen Division Second Team All-Star with Chatham High School. In addition, he earned New Jersey All-State Third Team honors in tennis after he and his double partner made it to the state championship finals. Sordillo received a sportsmanship award from Chatham High School.
Last season’s 18U AAA Coach Dave Crandall states, “I have coached Ryan at both the 16U and 18U midget levels. Last season he was selected and played in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League All Star game. Ryan was also the captain of the Chatham high school hockey team. Last season he earned All-Conference Second team honors. He has demonstrated the ability to manage the demands required of a student athlete. Ryan plans on furthering his education and development as a player by attending Prep School next season as a Post Grad. We are confident Ryan will play at the collegiate level. We expect a lot from Ryan, as he is one of the leaders on the team. He handles the pressure and responsibility well. He is of strong character, has a strong work ethic and understands the importance of earning his opportunities. He has the respect of his peers and coaching staff, as he leads by example. Ryan is one of the players I consult with regarding team culture, team buy in and general inquiries regarding the team. He is open to learning new ideas and has a great compete level. He is a team first player, which has been demonstrated in both seasons. Last year when we were struck with several injuries on defense he demonstrated a willingness to play defense for several games. This year while he is a very strong two-way center, based on our team composition, he has been playing wing. Thereby illustrating his versatility, dependability, his team first attitude and ability to adapt quickly.”
The Colonials wish Ryan much success as he embarks on his new academic and athletic journey. The club also thanks Nancy Sordillo for her time and effort as a team manager. The Sordillo family has class and grace that is a fine example to us all.