By James Murphy
Molly Corl is not only a coach for the Boston Shamrocks but she is also a charter member and was instrumental in helping Owner, President and General Manager Bob Rotondo start the now extremely successful girls junior hockey franchise. “I was the guinea pig so to speak, for the Boston Shamrocks,” Corl told features writer James Murphy.
After moving from Raleigh, North Carolina to Newbury, Mass. at the young age of three, Boston Shamrocks coach Molly Corl, found herself on skates within a year as a figure skater and by age six, she had made the switch from white to black skates and started playing hockey as a defenseman on the Triton Youth Hockey Boys team. Then by age 12, Corl was playing for the Chelmsford Lions girls team and by 13, she started playing for some of Rotondo’s select and travel teams. Fast forward to her senior year of high school and Corl found herself living in Shelburne, Ontario and playing for a junior team called the Toronto Rattlers.
“I’ve known Bob since I was 13 years old and I played for him on different tournament teams and I got to know him very well,” Corl explained. “Then this opportunity came up and he sent me up there (Shelburne, Ontario). I knew I was going to go to St. A’s [Saint Anslem’s] so this would be a good year to develop as a player and a person. So he sent me up there to basically evaluate and see what we could change and do here as a program.”
One of the biggest aspects of the experience that stuck with Corl and that she made sure would be different for the Shamrocks, was the living situation. While playing for Toronto, Corl and her teammates resided in an elementary school, in tiny cubicles. “It was a very interesting living situation,” Corl said with a laugh. That is one of the reasons the Shamrocks offer such a great housing set-up and when that is full, an unbelievable billet program.
Other areas of focus when Corl returned were workouts and education. With Toronto, Corl was strictly online education and she made sure that was not going to be the case with the Shamrocks. “I wanted to make sure we had structure and that’s why we brought in Hannah Iriving,” Corl said. “She has been amazing and the glue that keeps that part of the team together.”
Once her recon project for the Shamrocks with Toronto was done, it was on to Saint Anslem’s where Corl played both forward and defense for the womens team from 2008-2012. After a post-grad year playing over in Prague, Rotondo reached out to Corl to see if she wanted to become a permanent part of the Shamrocks organization as a U16 team coach. She accepted and has been here ever since. She’s thrilled to be part of the organization and urges “any girl thinking of playing for the Shamrocks should do it sooner rather than later. The more experience you have in a program like this the better development you’ll have as a player and a person.” Corl said.