(This is the first in a summer series that will profile former FCIAC athletes from the last decade.)
Lindsay Trohalis laughs at the memory of playing for her father last year. Harry Trohalis was named the interim coach of the Danbury High School softball team last spring — he has since shed the interim tag — and his daughter, a catcher recovering from an injured ankle, was put in the outfield.
“He pulled me out of a game once,” Trohalis said with a chuckle. “I dropped a ball in leftfield. I came in and he asked to see my glove and chucked it into the woods.”
That’s when it was decided that Trohalis, a three-sport standout who also played basketball and volleyball, would remain behind the plate.
“Sometimes he just doesn’t think at all,” Trohalis said. “We get along really well. We talk softball a lot.”
A softball junkie, Trohalis is currently playing in the Danbury’s women’s league. “I’ll definitely be doing it for a while,” she said.
Trohalis just completed her freshman year at Western Connecticut State University. She considered continuing her career in college, but decided to focus on to the next stage of her life. She is majoring in Justice & Law Administration.
“I want to work in drug and alcohol enforcement,” she said. “I don’t know why, it just interests me. I’m not someone who can sit in an office all day. I’m very fidgety.”
Asked about her somewhat unusual professional path, Trohalis said, “I didn’t want to go into the medical field because I can’t be in a hospital all day. If you are a police officer you are out patrolling. I always wanted to be a cop. I never really thought about anything else.”
Trohalis stayed close to her former team this spring.
“I still sat on the bench and sometimes I did the book, and I coached first base a few times,” she said. “But it wasn’t like I was playing. I’d be sitting at a game and wanting to go in and play. I went to about half of the games, but it was hard because of my work schedule and school schedule.”
Trohalis recalled that though the bond is tight with her father, their headstrong ways led to a few battles in the dugout.
“A few times it would be like World War III,” she said. “He’d want to do this and I’d want to do that. He thought differently than I did.”
Trohalis was asked about the possibility of one day being confronted with possibly having to shoot a criminal.
“I thought about it and I could do it,” she said. “The one thing I couldn’t do is shoot a deer. I love animals. That’s why I want a job where I can work with a dog.”
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