The Linden High School principal was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Darin Dreasky has been at Linden schools for more than 18 years, and was celebrated for his background in sports while in high school and college.
“I was obviously honored,” he said. “It’s nice that somebody somewhere along the lines thought to nominate me. They were gracious enough to think those accomplishments were worthy of induction.”
Dreasky attended Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, and was All-State in soccer, hockey and baseball all four years. He said he had a lot of fun playing all those sports, but he gravitated toward baseball.
When he was a senior in high school, he played in a national baseball tournament in South Dakota and was chosen to join the U.S. Junior National Baseball team. The next year as a freshman at Central Michigan University, he competed in Sydney, Australia and helped the team win gold in 1988.
At CMU, he played baseball all four years and was a freshman All-American and All-MAC pick, while getting his degree in athletic administration.
Dreasky was drafted by the White Sox his junior year of college, and could have left school to play professionally.
“Your perspectives change as you get older. I wanted to stay and finish my degree,” he said, adding that he did play a year in the minor league in Rochester, Minnesota.
After obtaining his athletic administration degree, Dreasky went to Saginaw Valley State University to earn his teaching certificate. He came to Linden in the summer of 2000, and was the health/physical education teacher for about five years before becoming the athletic director. He then became the assistant principal in the 2006-2007 school year. He became the principal this past April after serving as interim.
His daughter and two sons all play sports in school, so he gets to as many games as he can.
When he was inducted, he gave a speech in front of his family, friends and about 600 other people at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center.
“I don’t like to look at it as an individual accomplishment. Along the way, you have so many other people who are involved, from coaches to teammates to families to opponents to communities,” he said. “My message was to thank those that had any part in my upbringing. You can’t get there by yourself.”