August 23, 2018–Marissa Gedman, a standout defender with the Boston Pride for the first three seasons of the league, has retired as a player and is joining Paul Mara’s staff as an assistant coach.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really proud to continue to support the NWHL in a new role as a coach with the Boston Pride,” said Gedman. “As a player, I had three great years with the Pride and now I cannot wait to continue with the team behind the bench in 2018. Having an experienced coach like Paul Mara is a very positive addition for the Pride organization, and I’m looking forward to learning from him and helping in any way that I can.”
Gedman played 37 regular season and playoff games with the Pride over the last three seasons, and was a member of Boston’s Isobel Cup champion team in 2016.
Prior to becoming a pro, she played four years at Harvard and was 19-56-75 in 136 games. The life-long Bostonian developed as a player in the Assabet Valley program and at the Noble and Greenough School.
Marissa’s father, Rich, was a catcher with the Boston Red Sox for 11 seasons and has been a longtime coach across several levels of baseball, and her mother, Sherry, played basketball and softball at Connecticut.
“Marissa’s experience as a really outstanding defender, a respected leader, an Isobel Cup champion, and an original member of the Pride is going to be such as asset to me personally and to our team,” said Mara. “I want to congratulate her on a great playing career, and I’m so pleased that she has embraced this opportunity to coach professionally with me in Boston.”