Tracy Vadala made her mark in high school softball as part of the great dynasty at Salem, N.H.
In fact, she was so good, she started four years at Merrimack College and still is among the school’s all-time leaders in steals.
If not for an ACL tear while competing with the Blue Devils, however, she might have chosen gymnastics.
So it was no surprise when she chose to be a gymnastics coach ... and a very good one at that.
Vadala, who helped guide Andover to a North Sectional title and a second-place finish in the Massachusetts state meet this spring, was named The Eagle-Tribune’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year last month.
Vadala started at Andover as an assistant to her sister, two-time coach of the year Kristen Vadala in 2007 and 2009.
“I’m very lucky to coach such a talented group,” Tracy Vadala said. “We were also very deep. We had girls that didn’t even compete who were very talented.”
Tracy Vadala said her struggles with injuries in high school, which forced her to stop competing earlier than she wanted, prepared her for being a head coach.
“I can relate to the girls and the struggles,” Vadala said. “But in the end, they came through. We had some key performers, like Courtney Carver and Jessica Livingston, who came through in the big meets.”