The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 17, 2013

Scott Dudinskie's field hockey column: Southern Columbia honors a worthy coach


Dalious died in March at the age of 74.

In my 20 years covering Southern Columbia sports, I came to recognize her as a fixture at virtually every school athletics event. From a lawn chair behind the backstop and shaded toward the Tigers' dugout at baseball games, to a spot a few rows off the court at basketball games, to her place amid a throng of fans as the football team recast the Valley's standard for excellence, Dalious was among the last of a unique breed.

She didn't coach within a small window of time while one of her own children competed, nor did she sever ties when she came off the school district's payroll.

Dalious devoted her working years and those beyond to the development and support of student-athletes.

"She was tough on her players but she also cared a lot about the team and you as an individual," said Hoffman. "She taught you not only field hockey but life lessons that you carry with you throughout your life"

This week, Southern Columbia honored her memory by dedicating the field hockey field in Dalious' name.

So add hers to a list of names that includes Christy Mathewson, Harold L. Bolig, Robert Redman and so many others.

Certainly future generations will be curious enough to Google the name and learn exactly what made Dalious a person worthy of such a tribute.

Which means she will be touching students' lives ad infinitum, and I can't think of a greater honor.

Scott Dudinskie covers high school field hockey for The Daily Item. Email comments to Follow him on Twitter at

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