Alumni Profile: Karen Trombley Inducted Into Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame
Karin Sherman Trombley, a 1996 graduate of Plattsburgh State, was inducted into the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Lobby.
An Emotional Return to Campus
"I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Plattsburgh State," said Karin. "Every time I think about it, I become consumed with emotion."
Karin was a powerhouse member of the women's soccer team in 1991 and 1993-1995. In 1992, she took a year off from soccer and was a member of the Women's Basketball team.
As a member of the Women's Soccer team, Karin received many accolades for her performance on the field. She was NSCAA All-Northeast player in 1994 and 1995, an All-State player in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and was All-SUNYAC in 1994 and 1995.
She was chosen Plattsburgh State Female Athlete of the Year in 1995 and was given the Senior Achievement Award in 1996. She broke five Plattsburgh State soccer school records including 41 career goals, 16 season goals, season scoring leader with 37 points, career scoring points of 100 and 18 career assists.
Following graduation, Karin became a soccer coach and gym teacher at Clinton Community College. She also worked as a camp recruiter at the Lake Placid Soccer Center. She returned to Plattsburgh State in the fall of 1996 to work on her master/s in the Administrative Leadership program. She received her master's from Plattsburgh State in 2002.
Karin is currently a teacher's assistant in special education at Momot Elementary School in Plattsburgh. She works in an 8-1-2 classroom (eight students, one teacher and two teacher's assistant). She assists the classroom teacher and works with students who have behavioral difficulties and other needs.
Overcoming Challenges On and Off the Field
"Plattsburgh State and its soccer program really opened doors for me," said Karin. "I came to Plattsburgh State with a learning disability, but the community at the College helped to calm my anxiety and encouraged me to succeed. This truly became my home away from home. The mentoring available to students through offices like Student Support Services is a tremendous help to students."
Karin, originally from Vestal, N.Y., said that her family will be traveling to Plattsburgh to be with her for the induction ceremony.
"I'm very excited that my family will be here with me. When I played soccer for Plattsburgh State, my parents came to every game. This will be a chance for them to come back to the College and reunite with my old friends like Head Soccer Coach Karen Wiley, and Dr. Michele Carpentier, director of Student Support Services."
Karin and her husband, Michael, have been married for four years. Their son, Michael Sherman, was born last June.