Updated to reflect reflections from Bullard ISD teacher and coach, Nanci Dixon and Troup head softball coach Sam Weeks.
BULLARD — Megan Dobrinski, 33, passed away Wednesday morning after battling cancer.
Dobrinski, who played collegiatly at Lon Morris College, was the head softball coach at Bullard High School at the time of her death.
According to the Bullard Baseball/Softball Association, Dobrinski was first diagnosed with the disease in May, following the completion of the Lady Panther softball season.
Nanci Dixon, a longtime coach and teacher in the Bullard Independent School District reflected on some of Coach “D's” achievements and what she was like as a coach and community member.
“Dobrinski was an amazing friend, coach and mentor. In five years of being at Bullard she lead us to five district champions. Her record was 114-35-1 in those 5 years. She prepared her athletes not only for the game but for life. She loved them big time. She supported and encouraged them to be their best. She coached them hard and loved them harder. She has left a last expression in so many in our community. She will definitely be missed,” Dixon said.
Troup High School head softball coach Sam Weeks recalled some of her interaction with Coach "D".
"The first time that I met Megan was at an alumni game at UT Tyler. She was on of the assistant coaches that year. She was so very kind and had a huge smile. Then later on we became what I call "coaching friends". We would text or email if either one of us were able to help the other out on a bit of scouting each season. Every encounter I have ever had with her has been a positive one. She always made sure to include myself and my girls in any playing opportunity that was brought her way. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met and gave so much of her time and love to not only her family, but her extended softball family as well. My heart goes out to her husband, their beautiful two children and to her parents as well. I can't imagine being so young and losing the battle that she did. She was a competitor and was definitely not someone to give up the fight. Troup FCA has been and will continue to pray for her family during this tragic time," Weeks said.
Dobrinski is survived by husband Jonathan, children Ella, 6, and Davis, 3, as well as her parents and many additional relatives and friends.
Jonathan Dobrinski shared his thoughts in a Facebook post on Wednesday: “This morning I lost my best friend in life and mother of our beautiful children. We celebrated our eleventh anniversary last week. For those who don’t know Megan was fighting cancer. Words can’t express how grateful we are for all the love shown from family, friends, surrounding communities and those we don’t even know.”