After several years’ layoff, a pair of veteran volleyball coaches returned to the teams they once guided.
Bill Doyle and Ron Pagliaro will again roam the sidelines at Rhinebeck and Beacon high schools, respectively, more than two years after leaving those posts.
“They needed some help, and I was willing to help,” said Doyle, who had coached the Hawks for more than two decades. He said with qualified people in the program, he’ll help develop his eventual successor. “It was the right situation. This won’t be a long-term thing.”
Between 1991 and 2011, Doyle brought Rhinebeck unparalleled success, including trips to the state Final Four in 2004 and 2005. He’ll replace Allie Ferretti, who held the job the past two years.
Doyle admitted that “I don’t really know what to expect” from the team he inherits, since he hasn’t been around the Rhinebeck team since his 2011 departure.
“I don’t have a lot of insight into what the young athletes look like there. I purposely stayed away to let the other coaches have their own program. I don’t really know what’s coming up,” said Doyle, adding this year’s upperclassmen were freshmen when he retired. “I know a couple of the seniors; they were freshmen when I was there. I don’t know much about the rest of the class, which is probably a blessing.
“It should be interesting.”
Regardless of the players he’ll take into the season, Doyle said he’ll do what he does best: evaluate talent and improve the young Hawks.
“They’ll learn to play volleyball, and they’ll play better,” he said. “If I do my job, they’ll be better at the end of the season than they were at the beginning.”
Pagliaro replaces Nicole Curtin, who became the Bulldogs’ coach when he stepped down midway through the 2011 season for personal reasons. Pagliaro missed part of the 2008 season after an illness left him in a wheelchair, but he returned to the team midway through the season. He’s also served as a longtime assistant boys basketball coach at the school.
“We needed a coach, and he was available,” Beacon Athletic Director Eric Romanino said. “He’s a very knowledgeable volleyball coach. He did wonders with the program prior to him stepping down.”
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