Get Well Soon Kevin!

From all of us at Academy Volleyball, we would like to wish boys 14 Red player, Kevin Hanson, a speedy recovery. At a recent practice, Kevin had a sudden and serious medical incident (unrelated to volleyball) and is now recovering. We are with Kevin 100% and are hoping to see him back as soon as he is ready.

Additionally, all of us at Academy Volleyball would like to send our deepest gratitude and appreciation to those coaches and parents who rushed to Kevin’s aid. All those involved kept calm, acted quickly, and worked as a team to help a player and family in need.

We are beyond excited to report that Kevin is doing well and recovering from this incident – and we are beaming with pride in our heroic coaches and parents who were on the scene to help, specifically:

  • Coach Rob Regan

  • Coach Matthew DiStefano

  • Coach Bill Kropp

  • Parent Maria Lehnert

  • Parent Christine Sanchez

  • Parent Craig Moore

  • Parent Wayne Beckmann

But it’s not just all of us at Academy who are sending their wishes for a speedy recovery. We are humbled and honored at the outpouring of support from the sports and entertainment world who have sent their well wishes to Kevin. Please watch this video below to see who else has a direct message for Kevin:

Cergol, Driscoll, and Rivera Earn Newsday Honors

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate Mia Cergol, Jack Driscoll, and Matt Rivera on the special honors they received by the Newsday sports writers. Driscoll was named the Long Island Player of the Year for boys varsity volleyball. Cergol took home Suffolk County Girls Varsity Volleyball Player of the Year and Rivera was named the Suffolk County Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Please join us in congratulating all three on their well-deserved honors.

See below for more:

Jack Driscoll, Long Island Player of the Year

“Jack has been the cornerstone of our program over the last three years," Sachem North coach Matt Rivera said. "His mix of athleticism and intellect make him a truly special player. As a senior his leadership and grit were essential to this team's success."


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Mia Cergol, Suffolk County Player of the Year

"An all-around athlete," Tremaroli said. "She's great to work with. She's a great leader, and she plays with her heart."


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Matt Rivera, Suffolk County Coach of the Year

With Rivera at the helm, Sachem North finished as the state Division I runner-up after a 3-1 loss to Fairport in Albany. The Flaming Arrows were undefeated entering the match and finished the season with an overall mark of 18-1.

Academy Players Selected to All-Long Island Team By Newsday

Academy Volleyball is extremely proud to announce its players who were selected to the All-Long Island teams by the Newsday high school sports writers. Please join us in congratulating all those selected for this honor. See the list of Newsday selections below (to read the article, please see both the boys and girls sections):

BOYS, First Team

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  • Jack Driscoll, Sachem North & Academy 18 Red

  • AJ Fitzgerald, Sachem North & Academy 18 Red

  • Trey Cole, Connetquot & Academy 18 Red

  • Matt Wertheim, Smithtown East & Academy 18 Red

  • Will Kropp, Eastport South Manor & Academy 18 Red

  • Josh George, Ward Melville & Academy 18 Red

  • Andrew Watts, Northport & Academy 18 Red

  • Pat Wing, Massapequa & Academy 18 Red

  • Matthew Rivera, HC of Sachem North, HC of 15 Red, Academy Director


GIRLS, All-Long Island

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  • Mia Cergol, John Glenn & Academy 18 Red

  • Emily Barry, Sacred Heart & Academy 18 Red

  • Molly Jandris, Sachem East & Academy 18 Red

  • Caroline LaMacchia, South Side & Academy 18 Red

  • Diana Migliozzi, Connetquot & Academy 17 Red

  • Ally DeGaray, Whitman & Academy 18 Red

  • Olivia Dejesus, Sacred Heart & Academy 18 Red

  • Kayla Rende, Wantagh & Academy 18 Red

  • Kiarra Roth, Connetquot & Academy 17 Red

  • Sally Tietjen, Smithtown West & Academy 16 Red

  • Kathleen Verastegui, Long Beach & Academy 18 Red

Wantagh Girls are Class A NYS Champions!

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate the Wantagh Girls Varsity Volleyball Program on winning the New York State Championship for Class A schools.

The girls traveled to Glens Falls, NY to compete in the New York State Championship Tournament where they defeated Niagra Wheatfield High School in five sets ( 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 28-26).

Academy Volleyball would like to acknowledge the following Academy athletes who competed for Wantagh:

  • Kayla Rende

  • Katie Steele

  • Julia Pugliese

Long Beach Girls are Class AA NYS Champions!

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate the Long Beach Girls Varsity Volleyball Program on winning the New York State Championship for Class AA schools.

The girls traveled to Glens Falls, NY to compete in the New York State Championship Tournament where they defeated Victor High School in straight sets - and capped off a perfect season!

Academy Volleyball would like to acknowledge the following Academy athletes who competed for Long Beach:

  • Kathleen Verastegui

  • Margaret Swegler

  • Anna Moller

  • Alexandria Kile

Iona College Womens Volleyball Wins Metro Atlantic Conference

The Iona College Women’s Volleyball program has won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship and earned a bid to the NCAA D-I tournament.

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate the Gaels, along with the former Academy players currently on the Gaels roster:

  • Allie Brady

  • Jamie Smith

  • Taylor Cole

  • Cassandra Patsos

  • Julia Stewart

  • Patric Santiago (Head Coach)

Please join us in congratulating the girls and Coach Santiago on their outstanding accomplishment and good luck in the NCAA tournament!

The girls will learn who their first opponent in the NCAA tournament will be during the NCAA selection show Sunday November 25, 2018, which will be aired on ESPNU.

Read more about their accomplishment here.

Sachem North are New York State Finalists

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate the Sachem North Boys Varsity Volleyball Program on winning the Suffolk County and Long Island Championships for Division I schools.

The boys traveled to Albany to compete in the New York State Championship Tournament where they were named New York State Finalists.

Sachem North is coached by Academy Coaches/Directors Matthew Rivera and Matthew DiStefano. Academy Volleyball would like to acknowledge the following Academy athletes who competed for Sachem North:

  • Jack Driscoll

  • AJ Fitzgerald

  • Mark Williams

  • Chris Lehnert

  • Brad Hall

  • Mike Bonura

  • Chris Hirt

  • Joe Pinner

  • Bryce McCann

Santiago wins MAAC Conference Coach of the Year

Academy Volleyball is extremely proud to announce that Patric Santiago has been named the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’ Coach of the Year as the Head Coach of the Iona College Women’s Volleyball program.

In his third full season, Coach Santiago led the Gaels to an incredible 16-2 record and the programs first ever regular season title. In the post-season, Coach Santiago led the girls to a conference championship and earned a bid to the NCAA D-I tournament.

Academy Volleyball is proud to have an NCAA D-I caliber coach, such as Coach Santiago, on its current roster of coaches. He is currently the head coach of the Girls 17 Red team and helps train the boys too.

Read more on Coach Santiago’s accomplishment here.

Smith Earns MAAC Honors

Academy Volleyball is pleased to announce that former Academy player, and current Iona College (NCAA D-I) Setter/Right Side, Jamie Smith, has earned All-MAAC Second Team honors.

Jamie is in her Sophomore year at Iona and is building off her successful Freshman season where she earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Read more about Jamie’s accomplishment here.

Congratulations Jamie!

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Eastport South Manor Wins Suffolk County Championships

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate the Eastport South Manor Boys Varsity Volleyball program on winning the Suffolk County Championships.

Led by Academy, St. Josephs College, and ESM Head Coach, Bill Kropp, the ESM team has once again captured the Suffolk County Division II Boys Volleyball Championship.

Congratulations also go to Academy Volleyball players:

  • Will Kropp

  • James Ruggiero

  • Christian Owen