Randy Dagostino’s stats are impressive. The coach of Berkley Preparatory School’s girls’ volleyball team for the last 28 years has captured 15 state championships, been chosen as the Florida High School Athletic Association coach of the year seven times, and boasts an overall record of 829-161. And before beginning his 29th season, Dagostino has decided to retire.
Dagostino started his sports career as a football, basketball, and baseball player for Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Ill. After playing baseball for the University of Illinois, he began coaching, first for baseball, golf and basketball and later, after moving to Florida, took on the challenge of coaching volleyball.
The success of the women that go through his program speaks to Dagostino’s talent for coaching volleyball players to greatness. This past year, Jordan Burgess, an outside hitter for Berkley Prep, received the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, and Dagostino’s daughter, Mackenzie, was awarded the Andi Collins Award for the top high school setter in the nation. Burgess has signed to play for Stanford in the fall and Dagostino will join University of Maryland’s team. These two women are no exception; throughout his career, Dagostino has coached 85 of his players to NCAA Divison I scholarships.
Dagostino isn’t going far though. He will remain the assistant coach for the girls’ team and will continue to coach the boys’ team, on which his son Kyle is a sophomore. John Coup, assistant under Dagostino for the last 14 years, will take over as the girls’ head coach.