A 1994 graduate of William Smith, Shirtz Howe was a two-sport athlete earning All-America honors as a midfielder on the soccer team and playing small forward on the basketball team.
Shirtz Howe served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, including eight years on active duty. She moved to Portland, Maine in 2008 after completing her active duty at Andrews Air Force Base. Shirtz Howe joined the sports medicine division at Maine Medical Center and began working with USA Hockey in 2010. For her first few years with the organization, she traveled with the U-18 team to the world championships. Shirtz Howe has been to Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland and Hungary.
At William Smith, Shirtz Howe led the Heron soccer team to a 61-9-8 four-year record, earning four straight NCAA tournament bids. She notched 80 career points on 36 goals and eight assists, graduating fourth on the school’s career goals list and fifth in points. In 1993 she earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. In addition, she played three seasons on the hardwood, helping the Herons to a 70-13 record and two NCAA tournament appearances. As a senior, she led William Smith to a program record 25 wins against just three losses.
Shirtz Howe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She went on to earn her medical degree from SUNY Buffalo Medical School in 2000. A native of nearby Batavia, N.Y., Shirtz Howe was inducted into the Batavia Blue Devils Hall of Fame in 2014.
The trip to the 2018 Olympics, will mark Shirtz Howe’s second Olympic trip. In 2014 she traveled to Sochi, Russia, as a general physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee staff, high-level donors, former Olympians and family members.
In an article published by the Portland Press Herald, Shirtz Howe said, “Every time I wore USA, I couldn’t wait to do it again. When I got back from (Sochi), that started the dream for me. My ultimate goal was to go with a team.”
“I’m glad I did that first, to get a view of how big the USOC is. That job was huge and awesome, but now I’m excited to be with a team. It’s going to feel much more focused to be part of a team with a goal of a gold medal.”