Randy Dagostino's belief in excellence has played a major role in the development of girls volleyball in Florida.
Dagostino was a three-sport student-athlete at Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Ill., from 1965-1969, playing football, basketball and baseball. He played baseball for the University of Illinois, Chicago prior to beginning his coaching career, taking on baseball, golf and basketball at schools in Chicago before moving to Tampa Preparatory School in 1976.
Dagostino served as the athletic director and head soccer and baseball coach at Tampa Prep until 1981, when he moved to neighboring Berkeley Preparatory School. At Berkeley Prep, he was again the athletic director and baseball coach for the next five years. Dagostino was named the head girls volleyball coach in 1983, and a dynasty was born.
Within three years, Berkeley Prep girls volleyball won its first state championship, and the program has never looked back. Since 1986, Dagostino’s teams have won 12 state championships, achieved state runner-up status four times and made 17 FHSAA Finals appearances. His career coaching record is 710-150, and he has received Coach of the Year honors seven times. Forty-five girls volleyball players from Berkeley Prep have received NCAA Division I scholarships. He is currently 35th on the NFHS all-time girls volleyball coaching wins list.
Dagostino is credited with starting the first club volleyball program in Florida in 1984. Since then, more than 100 clubs have formed across the state. He organized the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Volleyball All-Star Match for seven years, and served as a member of the FHSAA’s Volleyball Advisory Committee. Dagostino was chosen as the Inaugural Mizuno National All-Star Match coach in 1992.