Maddock signs with Northwest CollegeFeb 22, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Shoshoni's leading volleyballer has committed to the Lady Trappers.
Tammy Maddock has been pounding volleyballs into submission for the Shoshoni Wranglers for the past four seasons, leaving opponents in her wake with each thunderous kill she's rained down on opposing defenses.
Now, her prolific performance has been rewarded with a scholarship to Northwest College, for which she signed a national letter of intent on Thursday.
According to Shoshoni head coach Christina Mills, Maddock has been a model athlete, whose versatility has not only made her squad stronger, but increased the value of her stock as a collegiate prospect.
"Tammy has had a tremendous impact on my program," said Mills."Her work ethic and willingness to always put the team first shows athletes who want to play at the next level don't necessarily have to be placed in a specific position. She has moved positions almost every year based on the needs of the team, and in doing so has really made her more sought-after as a future college athlete."
For Mills, one of Maddock's main strengths on the court is her innate ability to adjust on the fly as points unfold.
"Tammy's a team player, and she's a vocal leader who also leads by example," said Mills. "It's always important athletes learn to make game decisions by themselves and not depend on the coach. Tammy has learned to understand the game at a level which enables her to be a decision-maker."
Mills is confident her prized pupil is ready to compete at the college level.
"Honestly, she's ready for the next level.She has yet to tap her potential as an athlete and she needs to move her skills beyond what I can do in my program," said Mills. "However, at any level, she will need to continue to improve her ball control -- that's a given for any athlete because the caliber of play in college is much higher than our level."
Maddock will be playing for Lady Trappers head coach Shaun Pohlman, who guided Northwest to a Region IX championship this season. It's an ideal place for her to begin her college career, said Mills.
"Northwest is the perfect college for Tammy," she said."The values and integrity Coach Pohlman instills in his athletes are exactly what Tammy lives and breathes. He strives to not only develop exceptional volleyball players, but he also molds his athletes into successful young women with the highest integrity."
Mills said any time a member of the Lady Blue family moves on to the next level of competition, it provides not only an example for the players left behind, but also a source of gratification.
"It's always a special feeling of pride and admiration," she said. "Plus, it gives my younger players something to aspire to.There is the realization if they're coachable, work hard and put the team's needs above their own, they too can play at the next level."