Mackenzie Dagostino takes over Berkeley Prep's volleyball program
Mackenzie Dagostino has been named the new volleyball coach at Berkeley Prep. She will take over for her father, Randy, who coached the Bucs for 29 years and led them to 15 state championships.
Mackenzie played for her father at Berkeley Prep and graduated in 2012, moving on to the University of Florida before returning to Berkeley Prep as an assistant coach last season.
Randy Dagostino has 849 total wins in his time with the school. He stepped down after the 2012 season when Mackenzie graduated. He took over for John Coup, a former assistant, for the 2016 season.
“We talked about spending a couple years together but after this season (Randy) realized that he is supposed to be retired 100 percent," Mackenzie Dagostino said. “I went through the process. I applied for the job, interviewed and got the job. I wanted to get the job because I deserved it. I plan on being here for a long time."
Mackenzie, who works for Tampa Volleyball Events, a company that organizes national volleyball tournaments, said she expects her father to still be around the program. The Bucs were 20-8 last season but lost in the Class 5A region final to Fort Myers Bishop Verot.
“I’m sure he’ll still be in the gym," Mackenzie said. “He’ll always be a coach and this place has a special place in his heart."