Tabor resident and 1970 Glenwood Community High School graduate Dixie (Detlef) Trask has been inducted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame. She was among 18 inductees recognized by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports during a June 21 ceremony at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer, New York.
Trask was inducted for her success as the varsity coach at Brockport High School from 1981-1993 and 1995. She coached the Lady Devils to five sectional and five division titles. At that time, Section V (Rochester area) administrators did not allow their teams to participate in the New York State Tournament.
New York sportswriter Perry Novak said Trask’s Brockport teams were dominating.
“They won five league titles and as many Section V, Class A crowns. That was unprecedented during that time and no other large school has come close to the kind of run Trask amassed,” Novak said. “As a result of her teams not being able to compete for a state title those five years, Trask wasn’t able to improve her stats like other coaches. But she did finish with a 207-73 record, and that’s not including the 1982 and 1983 seasons (the school and Trask do not have records for those years).”
Trask, who attended the induction ceremony with her husband Jeff, gave the credit for Brockport’s success to her former players.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the New York State Softball Hall of Fame as a coach,” Trask stated. “When you have academic and physical talent and players who play every day with passion and fearlessness, coaching is fun, and when your players are having fun great things happen.”
Trask said she has many fond memories of coaching at Brockport, including the multiple championships, spring training road trips to South Carolina and the bonding and sense of team work that developed between her players.
“Just being a teacher and coach at Brockport and working with all the talented young female student athletes,” Trask said. “Brockport is a fantastic community and I worked with phenomenal people – watching young talented girls evolve with confidence into empowering women.”
Trask, who earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a master of science degree in education from The College at Brockport State University of New York, retired last winter from the Glenwood Resource Center.
Trask wasn’t the only Brockport High School inductee in the Hall of Fame this year. One of her former players, Katie Robertson, was also inducted. Robertson had an accumulative batting average of .557 and hit 44 home runs during her high school career. She earned both sectional player of the year and all-state honors. She now teaches physical education at Brockport High School and has earned statewide recognition as an educator.
“To think that I am being inducted along with my coach,” Robertson said. “Dixie means the world to me. Dixie truly had more to do with shaping me into the person that I am today than she will ever know.”