Second Gold Key award ‘like the Hall of Fame’

Second Gold Key award ‘like the Hall of Fame’ for DHS wrestling coach
Posted on 09/20/2021
Second Gold Key award ‘like the Hall of Fame’ for DHS wrestling coach
 
Danbury High School wrestling coach Ricky Shook has racked up almost as many awards as wins, both as a coach and a wrestler. Last week, Shook was awarded this year’s Gold Key by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance (CSWA). The prestigious award is given to five coaches every year. This is Shook’s second Gold Key. To get one key is an accomplishment, but to receive two is something extraordinary.
 
“It feels like having a gold key to the state. It’s like the Hall of Fame,” said Shook.
 
Among his many coaching awards – a number that tops 40 – include State Class LL Head Coach 14 times, most recently in 2020; FCIAC Hall of Fame inductee in 2018; Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee 2016; New England Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee 2018; National Wrestling Coaches Association CT Head Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2020; and induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Connecticut Chapter 2013.
 
“It’s lots of wins, lots of work,” he said of his most recent award.

This past year, Shook and the team have not been able to compete because of the pandemic, but he is looking forward to a normal schedule beginning in late November with five players from last season. Shook is expected to receive his Gold Key award at a dinner scheduled for October.