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Berkeley’s Dagostino to retire; Coup takes over

Posted Apr 13, 2012 by Rick Harmon

Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM

After 28 years at Berkeley Prep varsity girls volleyball coach, Randy Dagostino is going to retire.

Dagostino will stay on as an assistant coach with the girls program and will continue to serve as the head coach of the varsity boys volleyball team. John Coup, who has served as an assistant coach at Berkeley for 14 years, will become the girls head coach and will remain an assistant with the boys program.

“Probably the most enjoyable part of coaching for me was to see the application by our team of things that we specifically worked on in practice,” said Dagostino in a statement. “I knew if my teams believed enough in what we were trying to do and applied it to game situations, then we were in a good place as a team. I also have enjoyed watching the transformation of my teams from the opening day of practice to the season’s end.  That journey is going to be hard to replace but I have the memories of so many wonderful experiences that I will cherish for a lifetime.”

Dagostino compiled an 829-161 record and currently ranks 33rd on the National Federation of High School’s all-time girls volleyball coaching wins list. He led his team to its third-straight state title this season and has 15 state championships in his career at Berkeley. He has been named the Florida High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year seven times and the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010 and 2011.

Dagostino was hired at Berkeley in 1981 as the athletic director and baseball coach after serving the same roles at Tampa Prep for five years. He was named the head girls volleyball coach in 1983 and won his first state championship three years later.

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