(3-30-17) In the state of Ohio, high school baseball fans know about Coldwater baseball, thanks to Hall of Fame Coach Lou Brunswick. The Cavaliers have produced winning teams over the years, outstanding players , that in turn has now produced some of the best coaches in the state. One of those coaches is 1987 grad Trent Dues.
Dues was a three-sport star for the Cavaliers, an all-league QB, varsity basketball starter and a member of the 1987 Cavalier State Baseball Champion team. After graduation, Dues continued his baseball career at Bowling Green, lettering in all four seasons for the Falcons. During his college years, Dues was an original member of the Grand Lake Mariners, where he played both 2nd and 3rd base and he even pitched once when needed.
This spring Dues started his 23rd year as head coach at Greater Western Ohio Conference member Vandalia-Butler. In 1995, Dues took over an Aviator program that had not won a league title since 1974. Under Dues, Vandalia-Butler has compiled a record of 459-178 (as of 3-30-17) , which includes 16 league championships (11 consecutive between 1996 and 2006), 12 sectional titles, 8 district crowns, 1 regional championship and one State Final Four appearance .
In 2012, Dues was inducted into the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Dues is now just 41 games away from reaching 500 wins in his coaching career, included in that total is a 20-13 record in the annual game with his alma mater Coldwater.
Making the 2017 season extra special is Dues’ son Damon (2B/SS – Senior), who has committed to continue his career at Wright State, playing in his final season for the Aviators.
— Wright St. Baseball (@WSUBaseball) November 11, 2016
It’s been thirty years since a Dues has won a State Championship, maybe 2017 will get Damon a title to enjoy with his dad.