Drohner will be inducted into WFSCA Hall of Fame
By John Kemmeter
The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) announced Feb. 1 that Tom Drohner will be part of its 2018 Hall of Fame Class.
Drohner has spent the last 20 years as the head coach of the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) softball team, which he has guided to eight WIAA Division 1 State Titles, 14 State Tournament appearances and 19 Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) Titles.
The induction ceremony is set to take place at the WFSCA Coaches Awards Banquet at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells Saturday, Feb. 24.
“It’s an awesome honor,” said Drohner. “When I came to Stevens Point, I always wanted to get involved in the baseball program, and quite honestly, I didn’t know a ton about the game of softball.
“There were a lot of similarities, so I knew I’d enjoy it,” he said. “I just didn’t realize how much I’d end up loving the game.”
A graduate of Big Foot High School in Walworth, Drohner played college baseball at St. Edward’s University (Tex.) before he landed a teaching job at SPASH.
When Drohner was named the Panthers’ softball head coach in 1998, he took over a program that hadn’t been to the State Tournament since 1989, and had only won a pair of Conference Titles in the years since then.
“When Tom was offered the head coaching position, he asked me to join him as a SPASH softball varsity coach, and it’s been a great ride ever since,” said Todd VanderLoop, a SPASH softball assistant coach since 1998. “At the time, SPASH was a decent team from year-in and year-out, and I remember the first year afterward we went down and we watched the State Tournament, which was in Waukesha at the time, and we talked about the fact that, ‘maybe some day we get here, and when we do, we want to do it up right.’
“And at the time, both of us never knowing what we would go through in those 20-some years of getting down there 14 times, and State Championship Games nine times, and winning eight of the them,” he said. “We never dreamt of something like that, we just hoped that we could build a program that got down there from time to time.”
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