MASON KERN/Sports Editor
Sadly, on June 8, the physical education program is going to lose one of its premier instructors. Jay Trousdale, who has worked at Poway High for three decades, is set to retire from his long and illustrious career that has included instructing the beginner through advanced basketball classes, as well as the standard physical education classes required for graduation.
With the 2016-17 girls’ varsity basketball season having commenced with a four game winning streak, the team hopes that Trousdale’s impending retirement from teaching will not adversely impact his influence on the basketball court for this season, or the next while he remains at the helm as head coach.
“Right now I plan on coaching the basketball girls next season. I love working with those ladies and as long as I have my energy and good health, I should be good to go,” Trousdale said.
As for the athletes he has coached throughout the years, they have continuously impressed throughout their seasons. In fact, Trousdale was recognized as the “winningest coach in the county” by achieving 600 wins during last year’s season.
“My favorite moment in my career was achieving the all-time wins mark in San Diego at 611,” notes Trousdale. “The reason being that it meant all the girls in 29 years made that happen! The four CIF titles!” Trousdale stated that he also enjoys being able to attend many former players’ weddings, and just watching students mature into young adults.
At the sprite age of 60 years old, Trousdale is ready for retirement but, because he has been surrounded by the chatter of students for the last few decades of his life, it may be hard for him to stay away from the proverbial call of duty. Future Titans may have hope for the future, as a legend with as big a drive and dedication as Trousdale may be hard-pressed to break away from the student body completely.
This is evident as Trousdale waxes poetic about what he’ll do with his time during retirement. “I still love working with the kids!,” he says. “I will look forward to sleeping in. I have a lot of sleep to catch up on in 38 years! I don’t fish, hunt or play golf. For me, it will be to attend San Diego sporting events and of course a few rock concerts. I will want to see a few PHS sporting events too.”by