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Bruton’s new Head Volleyball Coach Kevin Doloresco has been involved in the Williamsburg volleyball scene for roughly 30 years.
While Doloresco’s volleyball background is extensive and includes time as a player and coach, his coaching background also includes multiple sports.
Doloresco coached football and baseball at Lafayette High School from 1988 to 1993 before taking a volleyball coaching position with his wife Renee at Walsingham Academy.
While at Walsingham, the native of Stow, Ohio and his wife led the Trojans to a combined 55-8 record over three seasons, including an undefeated 22-0 season in 1997.
Doloresco gave up coaching at Walsingham Academy to become the first head baseball coach of Jamestown High School. In 1999, when Doloresco’s daughter Candice enrolled at Jamestown, Doloresco decided to pause his coaching career to watch his daughter play volleyball through high school and then through college at Virginia Wesleyan.
After helping his daughter re-enter the Williamsburg volleyball scene as a coach, Doloresco decided it was time to get back into coaching himself.
“I decided after all my kids were out on their own I wanted to get back into the high school scene,” he said. “I really enjoy working with younger student athletes.”
For Doloresco, coaching is similar to a miniature game of life. One of the biggest joys Doloresco derives from coaching is helping to provide his players with lessons they will take throughout their lives.
“How to build confidence, how to be self-disciplined, how to develop a strong work ethic — these are things I felt like I could be a good steward of,” he said.
Doloresco will have the chance to teach these life lessons to a Bruton team coming off a 15-16 record and a near berth into the Group 2A state tournament.
After watching Bruton’s volleyball team struggle off and on throughout his years in Williamsburg, Doloresco plans on addressing the basics with his new club.
Doloresco also hopes to encourage his players to be more involved with travel volleyball during the offseason to increase their skill sets and experience levels.
Perhaps his biggest goal, however, is to build up the confidence of his players and let them know they can compete with some of the stronger teams in the Bay Rivers District.
“I hope to instill the pride in playing and help them be confident at the basics,” he said. “I want to try to improve the whole program by giving the program a boost when it comes to self-image, that they can compete with these other teams.”