Bob Verhayden has stepped down as the varsity girls’ volleyball coach at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in order to fulfill a dream.
The head men’s volleyball coach at The Sage Colleges was hired late last week to take charge of its women’s program, too. The move will coincide with Verhayden’s retirement in August after serving 37 years as an auditor for the state.
“The timing was right,” Verhayden, who led the Bishop Gibbons varsity for eight years, said. “I’ve always wanted to be a full-time college coach. I was looking, and Sage was aware of it.”
Verhayden will replace Sandy Augstein-Collins at Sage, with Augstein-Collins leaving that post to take the Gators’ director of athletics position. Verhayden will direct the Sage women in the fall season when the Section II girls also compete.
“It was hard telling the kids and some of the parents,” Verhayden said. “There are three seniors on the team who were with me for a long time.”
Verhayden’s Golden Knights put together a 125-50 record, qualified for the Section II tournament in each of his eight years, and reached the sectional Class B semifinals in each of his last six years. His teams featured many all-stars and a trio of league most valuable players in Caroline Bouchard, Sarah Del Vecchio and Julie Nichols.
“I’m proud of what we achieved, and I’m proud of our girls,” said Verhayden, whose first two ND-BG teams went 7-12 and 8-10 before a string of six winning campaigns. “They represented the school well. I remember when we were the team getting thumped, and by the end we had turned it around and…
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