From the moment he began his Spartan
career, Dave Tropeano exhibited a rare combination of character,
courage, leadership, and athletic skill on the ice, baseball field and
During his freshman year in fall of 1987, Dave
helped lead the varsity golf team to a league championship playing #4 /
#5 all season. That winter, he earned a starting position on the varsity
hockey team. He enjoyed an outstanding season highlighted with an assist
on the game winning goal to beat Medford in the State Tournament and
send the Spartans to the Boston Garden against Woburn.
As a sophomore, Dave
and his fellow teammates captured the Middlesex League Hockey
championship with a record of 16-1-2. The Spartans were ranked third in
the state before a tough defeat to Belmont. In the spring, Dave made the
varsity baseball team as the starting second baseman.
Dave continued to
develop his hockey skills in the summer of 1989. He was chosen to be a
member of the New England Pro-Am Select Under 17 Hockey Team. He played
against a Russian Select team and traveled to Czechoslovakia to play
against the Czech Select team.
Dave earned the respect of his teammates and
was selected as captain of the Spartan Golf Team in the fall of 1989 his
junior year. He was also named to Middlesex League All Star Hockey Team
for his outstanding skill and unselfish play.
Dave’s coaches and
peers valued him highly enough that they elected him captain of the
golf, hockey, and baseball teams his senior year. He was named Player of
the Year during the golf season. He also earned the Low Medalist in the
State Individual Tournament. Dave earned All Star honors during his
senior hockey season. As captain of the baseball team, Dave was named to
the All Star team. The Spartans were State Runner Up bowing to Westwood
in the state Final.
graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1995, where he played
football and hockey, Dave continued his association with Stoneham
athletics as a coach. From 1995 to 2000, he dedicated himself to working
with SHS athletes as an assistant football and winter track coach and
volunteer baseball coach. He also was a volunteer hockey coach at
Wakefield High School where his dad had coached for many years.
Dave and his wife Elizabeth reside in
Charlotte, NC. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Meghan
(10), Nicole (8), and Lauren (4).