I know it seems hard to believe, but we are just about three months away from the start of the 2015 season. I’ve had my hands full adjusting to my first year on the softball beat, but I’ve been keeping an eye on volleyball information around the section. Now that I have a spare minute, I figured I’d give you an update as to what is going on.
Since my last post, we’ve had two — pretty significant — coaching departures, one Division I commitment, and one tournament announcement. Let’s get right to it:
Haldane coach Melissa Rossano steps down
Admittedly, I seriously dropped the ball on this one. I was informed of Rossano’s departure in March, then forgot to get something up on the blog for those of you that continue to regularly read for the possible new story.
Rossano, who arrived in Cold Spring for the 2009 season, left a lasting impression. The Blue Devils won the Section 1 Class D title each year she was at Haldane, extending the team’s streak to 11 straight titles, and reached the Glens Falls Civic Center for the state championships in her final five years.
Haldane won state crowns in 2011 and 2013, and was one point shy of a repeat this season. I have a message out to Haldane athletic director Tom Cunningham for an update on the coaching vacancy.
The first possible candidate to consider should be Haldane assistant coach Ashley Anderson, who spent one season as head coach before Rossano’s arrival.
Suffern coach Sean Barnes also steps down
While waiting for my Rockland Boulders tryout to begin (oh yeah, that happened), I got an email from Barnes addressed to all of the Section 1 coaches announcing that he will not be returning in the fall.
Barnes, who spent 11 years at the helm of the Mounties, led the team to their first NYSPHSAA championship this season. The title marked the first time a Section 1 program won a Class AA state championship. North Rockland, now a Class AA school, won back-to-back titles in Class A before a Class AA division was formed.
Under Barnes, Suffern won four Section 1 Class AA titles in the last nine years, reaching the finals in all but one season (2012 — semifinal loss to John Jay-East Fishkill).
Barnes said on May 7, the day he announced his departure, that the team had already been informed. No replacement has been named at the moment, although assistant coach and junior varsity head coach Melissa Luciano should be considered a top possible candidate.
Suffern’s Taylor Cimillo commits to Sacred Heart
Some good news out of Suffern, senior hitter Taylor Cimillo will be a walk-on at Scared Heart University next season, teammate Sam Uline confirmed on May 1.
Cimillo (below, second to right), who was a first-team all-state selection this season during the Mounties’ run to the state title, joins Uline (University of New Orleans, below, far right) and fellow senior Julia Hrycyk (Canisius, below, second to left) as Division I players from the same team; an incredible accomplishment for the program and the girls, individually.
Pelham announces tournament date
Pelham will host its annual tournament on Saturday, October 17, Pelicans coach Mark Finegan announced on April 15.
The tournament will feature 12 teams, which will be sorted into three brackets of four teams each. Finegan said the start time is scheduled for 11 a.m., although PSATs may pose a conflict for some teams. In the event that the PSAT schedule conflicts with the tournament, Finegan said the start time will be moved up to 9 a.m.
On a somewhat related note, Pelham will be hosting its Lower Hudson Volleyball Association summer league starting in late June. Finegan announced the schedule in late February, which is as follows: June 30, July 1-2, July 6-9, July 13-16 and July 20-21.
I’ll post the complete schedule to the blog (including matchups) when I have the teams involved. I plan on stopping by at least one day of action.
As the school year winds down, please do not hesitate to reach out to me about college announcements (even if a volleyball players plans to play a different sport, or no sport at all), tournament dates, coaching changes, or any other newsworthy information.
My email is email@example.com. Feel free to email at any time. If I don’t hear from any of you, enjoy the warm weather!