The New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports has named Mepham High School girls varsity softball coach Brenda Dolan the New York State Class A Coach of the Year. Dolan has completed three seasons as the head coach of the Mepham team, leading the girls to their first Long Island Class A Championship on June 19 with a win against Miller Place High School.
“I genuinely appreciate that the softball organization and my coaching colleagues have recognized the good work and success of our team,” said Dolan. “I have always attributed my coaching success to the players and coaching staff; without each of them buying into the philosophy of FAMILY – playing for the teammate next to you, working for the team as a whole, and winning for the FAMILY – success cannot be achieved.”
“Coach Dolan is one of the finest coaches I have worked with in my 20 plus years in the business,” said Eric Caballero, the district’s director of physical education, athletics, drivers education and health. “This award is so well-deserved. Our kids are lucky to have Coach Dolan as a their coach. We are so incredibly proud of her accomplishment and the team’s success. We hope that Mepham softball will be back to defend the Long Island championship and and push for a New York State championship next year!”
In addition to being named the 2021 Class A New York State Coach of the year, Dolan was honored in 2019 as the Conference 1 Coach of the Year, Section VIII Coach of the Year and Newsday’s Nassau County Coach of the Year. She is quick to offer her thanks to those individuals who prepared her for a successful coaching career.
“I believe in creating unity and family with teams,” said Dolan. “This is something that I have been blessed with learning as an athlete during my time at Elmont High School. I am truly thankful to the coaches that paved the path of my coaching career, including Terry Ianniello (Elmont High School), Don Laux (Elmont High School), Nancy Dolan (Molloy College) and Bob Houlihan (Molloy College).”
Above all, however, she offers her thanks to her student-athletes at Mepham. ““At Mepham, I am able to work with some of the most talented softball players on Long Island,” Dolan said. “These athletes give tirelessly of themselves…I am extremely honored to have coached at Mepham the past three seasons.”
The district congratulates Dolan on this tremendous recognition!