Emil Drzayich was an outstanding college and professional baseball player. He was also a beloved husband, wonderful father, loyal friend, and dedicated coach who taught the game well but more importantly, used it to teach young men about life. Emil’s life ended prematurely in the Eagle High clubhouse on a tragic April night in 2008, minutes after a ball game.
His passing made it very evident that he was one of the most beloved people in all of Eagle . Kind, benevolent, humorous, and passionate, Emil had a special place in his heart for the great game of baseball. After contributing all that he could as a player for the Boise Buckskins, the Victoria Mussels, and the Cincinnati Reds, Emil turned his focus to the teaching and coaching of young baseball hopefuls.
Through his coaching, Emil touched the lives of hundreds of young men with his tender heart and humble approach as he mentored them through their baseball careers and beyond. His legacy will live on through the annual Emil Drzayich Alumni Classic as well as through an annual memorial scholarship awarded to a young man who best emulates the characteristics that made Emil one of the best people any of us have ever had the honor of calling friend.