Paul Troppy: Santa Rosa High School’s Shot Put & Discus Coach

Painting! Paul Troppy shown here is partway through a painting job. Troppy has a day job of painting that he balances with his drive to coach his throwers.
Photo By: Paul Troppy

Article By: Conor Grace

Paul Troppy is the long time shot put and discus coach of the SRHS Track and Field team who has been involved in throwing for nearly his entire life. Starting from when he was in high school throwing to when he started coaching, a year after he graduated from SRHS in 1984.

Troppy is a Santa Rosa High School Alumni who spends much of his free time helping the school and those affiliated. Troppy continues to support the various programs that he went through in high school. He has been the head usher at choir concerts since 2008 and even joins in with the singing as he is a former SRHS chamber singer.

Troppy also works as a painter and subcontractor. Troppy’s career and his singing background have landed him the name “the singing painter”. 

Paul is involved in the SRHS community and those leading it. Last year he repainted the sign in the front of SRHS free of charge for the SRHS Foundation.

Troppy has been coaching track for a total of 30 years. Before he started to coach track, he competed for the SRHS team and placed himself on the all time top 10 leaderboard in Discus. His throw is still ranked 4th place on our school’s leaderboard.

Troppy says that nearly every year since he began coaching at SRHS in 2008 he has coached a member of the SRHS chamber singers.

Troppy began coaching in 1985, the year after he graduated from SRHS he started coaching at Montgomery High School which lasted until 89. After leaving Montgomery, Troppy went between Rancho Cotati, SRJC, SRHS, and unaffiliated throwers.

Finally in 2008 Troppy came back to his former High School as an assistant throwing coach under Toni Noonan. Troppy had nothing but kind words for Noonan as he credits her with helping him refine and truly shape his style. Noonan handed over the reins to Troppy in 2013.

Troppy has constantly strived to better himself and his coaching so that he may provide better support to his athletes. Troppy provides support to his throwers year round in and out of track practice. Outside of the season, Troppy hosts a summer camp for throwers that want to continue their training and remain social with their competitors.

Troppy has been involved with SRHS and nearly everything connected for most of his life, and he now continues to be a pillar of aid in our community.

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