In February 2019, our own Coach Matthew “Dezy” DiStefano was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Coach Dezy is one of the most respected Long Island volleyball coaches and has made a positive impact on countless numbers of athletes that he has coached over the years at Sachem North Boys Varsity and Academy Volleyball. Now, it’s our turn to help make a positive impact on him by joining his fight against kidney cancer.

During this time, Academy Volleyball is organizing a few ways that you can help show your support for Coach Dezy in his journey in the fight against kidney cancer. See below for some of the ways you can help support Coach Dezy. Remember to check back often as we will be continually making updates to this page.

At Academy Volleyball, we believe that no one fights alone. Ever.


Wear your support for Coach in his fight against kidney cancer by purchasing these one-of-a -kind DEZY STRONG t-shirts and sweatshirts. Click the link below to pre-order your shirt. T-shirts are $20 ea. /Sweatshirts are $60 ea.

We are temporarily SOLD OUT of #DezyStrong t-shirts.
Please check back with us later.


Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the first annual “Dezy Classic”. This golf outing will be fun and, more importantly, will help support Coach in his fight against kidney cancer. Click below for more.