Sherrie began judo at Snohomish Dojo in 1974. She continued judo at Snohomish High School, lettering and graduating in 1981. While in high school, she medaled nationally in the U.S. Junior Olympics and other tournaments. After high school, she moved to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympian. Sherrie competed as a member of the U.S. Team from 1982 to 1996.
Sherrie was a highly successful national, international, and world level competitor. She won many medals in countries such as Austria, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland and many more. Noteworthy career wins include: Gold, Austrian Open; Silver, 1995 Pan American Games; Bronze, World University Championships; and 5th Place, World Championships and being ranked in the Top 10 in the world for multiple years. Sherrie was a member of the Pan American Games Team, three World Teams and two World University Teams.
Sherrie’s notable honors include:
· 1990 US Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year—USA Judo
· 1995 US Female Athlete of the Year—USA Judo
· 1992-1996 Captain of the Olympic Training Center Judo Team
· 1993 U.S. World Team Captain
· 1995 U.S. Pan Am Games Team Captain
· 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate
· 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient—Washington State Judo
Following competition, Sherrie gave back to the sport. For 17 years she operated the Boulder Training Center and coached multiple national and international medalists. She served as Assistant Coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She was a U.S. Team Manager for two World Championships.
She served on the USA Judo Board of Directors and as the Vice President of Colorado State Judo. She also worked professionally for USA Judo as Director of International & National Events and Director of Marketing.
Sherrie resides in Stanwood, WA and is USA Judo’s Director of Development.