The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has recognized Manchester resident Steve Trussler for his 50 years of service as a referee and umpire in high school sports.
A native of the Gainesville and Jacksonville areas of Florida, Trussler’s time in the Volunteer State extends back to his college days at David Lipscomb University in 1968. He never left Tennessee, and once he got started officiating contests, Trussler likewise never left that role, calling over 4,000 games in his 50-year career.
He and wife Wilma now live in Coffee County after moving from Grundy County. They have been together since their days at Lipscomb and raised two sons, former NCAA collegiate athletes, Jay and Jon.