It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dusty Anchors, head softball coach, after a lengthy battle with heart disease. He was 68 years old.
Coach Anchors was instrumental in reviving the softball program at Ridgefield High School, where he coached for three years starting in 2016. The team thrived under his leadership, advancing to state competition in 2016-17. Last year, it placed fifth in the state with a 21-5 record. This year, the team is currently ranked second in their league with a 16-4 record.
Even through his illness, Anchors continued his coaching duties and remained steadfastly dedicated to the team. His zest for life and infectious enthusiasm for the game will live on in the hearts of the entire Ridgefield community. He will be sorely missed.
“Today is a difficult day here in Ridgefield with the passing of Coach Anchors. Dusty was truly a remarkable man who coached with passion, integrity and a deep love for the game,” said Brynan Shipley, the district’s athletic director. “We will honor his legacy and continue to carry on the culture that he built here. Our thoughts are with his family and the Ridgefield softball community.”
Counselors are on hand at Ridgefield High School to help students and staff through the grieving process.