“She was awesome and humble” (Leah Jerome)
20 years of success
- 360 wins — 49 losses — 16 ties
- League champions — 18 times
- North 1 Sectional Champions — 7 times
- North Jersey Champions — 6 times
- State Group Champions — 5 times
Tracy Trobiano is the most successful coach in the history of Glen Rock High School.
In 1991, at a time when few head coaches were women, Tracy was hired to replace Hall of Famer Ed Troy as Glen Rock’s Girls Soccer Varsity Coach.
In Tracy’s 20 years of coaching at Glen Rock, the Girls Soccer program had a cumulative record of 360-49-16. The teams that she coached were league champions in 18 of those 20 years. Those teams played for the North 1 Sectional Championship in 13 of those 20 years, and they won that Sectional Championship in 7 of those years. Finally, in 6 of those years, they won the New Jersey North Championship and in 3 of those 6 years they were New Jersey State Co-Champions and in 2 of them they were State Champions.
Tracy’s record of success began in her very first year at GRHS when, despite only having three returning starters, she guided the team to the Group 1 Sectional Final where they unfortunately lost to the ultimate State Champion Morris Catholic. In 1995 through 1997, the team were Group 2 State Co-Champions, Group 1 State Co-Champions and Group 2 State Co-Champions, and were ranked by the Record as the #1 Group 1 & 2 team in Bergen County. This three-year string was snapped in 1998 when their leading player was injured early in the Group 1 State Final and their opponents scored on a late minute direct kick.
However, in the following year, they handily won the Group 1 State Championship, winning the Sectional Final, State Semifinal and State Final by an aggregate 11-0 score. In 2000, they won their sixth consecutive Sectional Championship but lost in the State Semifinals on a fluke goal. In 2001, they advanced to but were defeated in the Sectional Final.
After that 11th season coaching at GRHS, Tracy decided to take a break. She returned in 2006 and began a second stretch of nine years at GRHS. In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Glen Rock advanced to the Group 2 State Sectional finals, only to lose to the ultimate State Runner-up in 2008 and 2009 and the ultimate State Champion in 2010 and 2011. Then, in 2012, with a team led by 5 seniors who had been starters since freshman, the Rockers decisively won the Group 2 State Championship, winning both the North Championship and the State Final by 4-0 scores. They ended that season with a 21-1 record (with their only loss to Group 3 State Champion Northern Highlands) and a 108-12 goal differential. After that season, Tracy coached at GRHS for two more years where the team advanced to the Group 2 Sectional quarterfinals before retiring in 2014.
During her years at GRHS, Tracy was honored as All League, All Suburban and All County Coach of the Year on multiple occasions. In 2014, she was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Tracy was known for her development of her players. She purposely scheduled regular season games against teams from larger schools and against teams from schools in neighboring counties so as to maximize her players’ growth. She was also known for her support of her players’ future success. Her legacy at Glen Rock High School will live forever.
Tracy played soccer, basketball and baseball at Midland Park High School, and earned various All League, All Suburban and All County honors in all three sports, topped by being named to the First Team, All County in soccer during her senior year. She continued her education and athletic career at Skidmore College, where she again played all three sports and was named that school’s Outstanding Female Athlete in her senior year. After graduating from Skidmore, she coached at Immaculate Heart Academy for two years and then at Midland Park for one year.