Almost four years ago to the month, the Kingsway boys volleyball team notched its 100th win in program history. Led by the only coach that the program has ever had, Brent Dodulik, this team was labeled an “upcoming” squad.
Things sure have changed for Kingsway boys volleyball.
On May 13, Kingsway went against its biggest divisional rival, Williamstown, and after losing the first set 21-25, stormed from behind to win the next two sets 25-21 and 25-21 and to clinch the match 2-1. This was the 200th win in the program’s history.
After the game, players donned pins commemorating the program’s milestone.
Just look at the math. This program has won 100 matches in five years, averaging 20 wins per year. That is a remarkable tally for any program in any sport.
Furthermore, it has won two county tournament titles as well as four Olympic Conference division championships. The program just made its fifth straight Gloucester County Tournament final, losing to Washington Township; they have made the finals of the tournament every year that the tournament has existed.
At print time, the boys volleyball team had a record of 16-15 heading into the playoffs as the 10th seed against Manchester Township.
“(Former athletic director) Joe Galliera thought I was ready to become a head coach and start the program,” said Dodulik. “One of the biggest struggles early on was that kids do not grow up playing volleyball, so everyone has to learn the skills.”
This program has not only had a great head coach leading the way. It also has had a strong supporting cast along the way. Former coaches Anthony Badaracco and Drew Owens helped get the program off the ground. Current coaches Phil Whitehurst and Farid Syed have carried on this work.
Also, a strong alumni base, with former stars such as Ryan Novzen, continue to contribute. The staff picked up technique and drills and built on their collective knowledge base to create a true program.
As for the 200th win?
“It is really a testament to the hard work my teams and coaches have put in over the years,” said Dodulik. “It’s really all about the program’s success. We just stay positive and control the things that we can on our side of the net.”
After his 100th win, Coach Dodulik predicted that the future would be bright in the upcoming years, and he certainly hit the nail right on the head back then. Now, instead of priming for a big future run, he has the task of upholding a fine tradition.
After 200 wins, the bet is that Coach Dodulik and his program will make that task a reality.
By Christian Lynch