STEVENS POINT – Every coach would love to have a Troy Flugaur on their team.
A second baseman on the Pacelli baseball team, Flugaur may not land on the All-Central Wisconsin Conference 8 first team.
Chances are you won’t see him hitting any mammoth home runs or scattering line drives all over the field.
What Flugaur does bring to the diamond are some quick words of encouragement to his pitchers and a reliable glove in the middle of the infield. He plays the game with a passion and and a desire to contribute in any way possible to ensure a successful season for the Cardinals.
“Troy is a very hard worker who gives everything he has,” Pacelli baseball coach Wayne Sankey said. “He’s someone who is a great attribute to our school as a student and an athlete that plays multiple sports.
“Troy doesn’t specialize (in one sport) and that is something we need in a smaller school,” Sankey added. “Troy is a very easy kid to coach.”
Former Pacelli basketball coach Brad Rutta can also vouch for every one of those qualities.
Not only is Flugaur an outstanding student in the classroom — he carries in his guestimation, “once I found out I couldn’t be the valedictorian or salutatorian, I stopped paying attention,” a 4.5 grade point average — he also is a student of the game.
A proverbial “gym rat,” he makes up for what he may lack in physical stature at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds soaking wet, Flugaur makes up for with a high, in this case, baseball IQ.
You could just as easily have plugged in basketball IQ in the winter sports season. He understands and accepts his role. Flugaur realizes what his coach is looking for from a team and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help make that happen.
You’re a two-sport athlete at Pacelli, where does baseball rate for you and what about the sport appeals to you? Baseball is my favorite sport. I love being outside and enjoy the competitiveness of the game.
How do you view your role on this year’s Pacelli baseball team? I see myself as a leader and a mentor to the younger guys. We’re a pretty young team, Brett (Barton) and I are the only seniors, I’m the second baseman and both the guys behind me are freshmen, so I want to help mentor them and help them learn how to play the game. It’s important to keep your head up and keep fighting.
What has been the highlight of your baseball career up to this point? I would say making it to the (WIAA Division 4) sectional final my freshman year with Derek Kawlewski and JC Lila. Just making it that far and being part of that family.
Who has been your role model growing up and what lesson have they taught you that you think will help you the rest of your life? My dad. He told me to always try my hardest no matter what I do and never give up. He told me to just keep pushing and you can do anything you want.
If you could meet one person in the history of the world, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would you want to find out about them? I would love to meet Henry Ford. He was a huge philanthropist and came up with the car and engine we use today. Plus, he was a huge innovator in the work force and believed if you’re working on a car, you should be able to afford to buy one. I would like to know how he came up with his ideas and worked to achieve them.
How would you define happiness in your life? Being around the people I love — family and friends — would probably be the No. 1 thing.
What is your greatest fear? Losing the people that are the closest to me, like my family.
Name something on your bucket list that you absolutely have to get done before you turn 40: Definitely to go skydiving, but I also want to do a lot of treveling and visit all seven continents, especially Europe so I can go to Germany.
What can’t you live without? Food.
Tell us something about yourself the average person might not know about you: I love spending time on a lake. I do a lot of paddle-boarding, that is probably my favorite thing, or fishing or being on a pontoon boat. I just love being on the water.
What would be the best part of being a Major League baseball player in your mind? Getting to play a sport I love for my job and getting paid to do something that is so fun and competitive.
Scott A. Williams can be reached at 715-345-2282. Find him on Twitter as @SPJScottWill
Family: Father, Rick; Mother, Lesa; Brother, Ryan (27); Sister, Lindsey (23)
Favorite subject: Physics. I’m going to Michigan Tech to study mechanical engineering, and I just like to learn how everything works
Favorite food: Steak and fries pizza
Favorite cartoon character: Scooby Doo
Favorite super hero: Captain America
Favorite all-time movie: “How to Train a Dragon”
Favorite TV show: “The Big Bang Theory”
Favorite baseball player: I used to like Ryan Braun, so I would probably say Jonathon Lucroy
Favorite pro athlete: Aaron Rodgers
Favorite pro team: Milwaukee Brewers
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: Facebook, although I have Twitter
Fantasy job/career: Definitely to be an engineer. Maybe to work at a power company like GE and come up with renewable energy sources
Favorite vacation spot: Up North camping
Favorite place in Stevens Point: Belt’s