BY JACKIE WEISER
If anyone has been to a Cooper City High varsity football game, then they are familiar with the famous “AND THAT’S A COWBOY…TOUCHDOWN” line that sounds over the intercom every time CCHS scores. Wayne Shrofsky is the man whose voice the school has grown to know and love. What most people don’t know, however, is that he’s a former professional baseball player and CCHS’s new baseball coach.
“My dad originally got me into baseball when I was five years old,” Shrofsky said. “Since then, there was no going back.”
Shrofskys passion for baseball soon grew into a lifestyle. As a kid, it was never a secret that he had a talent. In his sophomore year of high school, Shrofsky transferred from Cooper City High School to Nova High School in the hopes of better baseball opportunities. After dedicating his whole childhood to baseball, his hard work finally paid off during his senior year when he was offered a scholarship and signed with Louisiana State University. While in college, Shrofsky majored in journalism. Once he graduated he decided to do more with his journalism degree and started sports broadcasting with local news stations.
“Sports broadcasting was fun, but once I had my children I knew I wanted to spend more time with them and not have to constantly be out of town or busy,” Shrofsky said. “So I decided, with my experience in baseball, to take up coaching.”
Shrofsky soon became one of the better coaches at the city’s optimist club and was promoted to president of Cooper City Optimist. After coaching at the optimist for a while, he decided to open up his own baseball academy.
It was all this experience and success in his baseball career that made Principal Wendy Doll give Shrofsky a call in Summer 2012 and offer him a position for the school’s baseball coach. Without hesitation, Shrofsky jumped at the opportunity.
“Right now we’re what I like to call “laying the foundation” for the team. We have a lot to work on but I’m confident in what the future holds. We have a talented group of athletes among us,” Shrofsky said. “I’m especially excited to watch the JV team progress.”
Rain or shine, the team continues to practice hard everyday. Whether it’s running the field, batting practice, or just working out, Coach Shrofsky is always trying to improve the team’s performance. Shrofsky plans to continue projecting his love of the sport through the Cooper City High baseball program.
“Baseball means a lot to me, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” Shrofsky said. “I have big plans for the CCHS baseball team, so stay tuned for the future.”