By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor
In a shocking and stunning decision that surprised the Burbank High softball family, Nicole Drabecki resigned this past weekend after serving as head coach for six seasons.
“I thank the Burbank community, Burbank Unified School District and all the parents and players since the fall of 2007. I wish the softball team all the best,” Drabecki said. “It was time for me to focus on my family and other interests I am looking forward to doing.”
Burbank finished a spectacular season this past spring by winning the Pacific League title, its first league championship since 1987. The Bulldogs did it in style with an unblemished 14-0 league mark and 25-3 overall record. Burbank advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.
Drabecki led BHS to a 23-7 record (11-3 record in league; 2nd place) in 2012. The Bulldogs reached the CIF Div. III quarterfinals.
The two-year record of 48-10 overall and 25-3 in league was one of the best stretches in Burbank softball history.
In her first season in 2008, Burbank went 22-3 and 12-2 in league making it to the CIF second round.
She leaves behind a program that will feature Notre Dame-bound Caitlyn Brooks for two more years. Brooks has established herself as one of the top junior pitchers in the country.
In other local news, Craig Sherwood has been named the new head baseball coach at Burroughs High School. A full report will be available later this afternoon.