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A Coach Who Plays

Todd Santa Maria

Adam Houli is living a double life.  By day, he works as The Gunnery’s Assistant Director of Admissions where he recruits and interviews prospective students.  By night, he plays for the Danbury Whalers (Professional Minor “A” Hockey– Federal Hockey League).  He is a forward for the team and to date has played in twelve games.  The team is currently in the playoff run.

A seasoned player, Adam was active and successful player both at The Gunnery and Trinity College (B.A., Public Policy and Law).  He was asked to join the Whalers by a friend who already played on the team.  Adam’s commitment to the team of 24 members went quickly. “I signed my contract in the afternoon,” he said. “That night, I played in a game.”
Adam began playing hockey at age six and was on the ice at age eight.  “I went through the ranks, playing for local teams.  Later, I played in school.  Growing up, I always played forward and left or right wing.” 

Over the years, Adam has accumulated many life lessons and honed his athletic skills.  As he progressed through high school and college, he adjusted himself to the speed of the game.  “When I came to The Gunnery, I had to adjust to the prep school speed of the game which was faster than what I was used to.  The same thing happened when I got to Trinity. Decisions and reactions are quicker as you go from level to level.”

A native of Howell, NJ, Adam originally came to CT (and The Gunnery) because of hockey.  “If I wanted to get into a good college, I thought boarding school would be the way to go.  When I was here, I knew I was being educated at a place where academics and athletics were held at a high standard.  My Gunnery experience prepared me for Trinity.” 

Currently, Adam coaches JV hockey and football at The Gunnery. His Whalers experience informs his coaching duties.  “Players may think coaches aren’t in tune with what’s going on during the game. My season for Danbury started while I was coaching.  I could fine tune my techniques and also see what my players were seeing. The Gunnery team was great this year.  We beat some schools that we hadn’t beaten in a few years.  Our goal is to get the players ready for the varsity level.”