Posted: Friday Jan 10, 2014
Jan. 10, 2014
Longtime John Carroll coach brings winning tradition to SVC
Saint Vincent College announced today that Ron Dolciato, associate head coach and offensive coordinator at John Carroll University, whose 24-year career includes 19 winning seasons, has been named SVC’s head football coach.
In 2013, John Carroll went 9-1, went to the NCAA Division III playoffs and ranked 13th in the country in DIII. As offensive coordinator since 2001, Dolciato (DOL-see-ah-toe) led a unit that set two national offensive records and 59 team and individual school records, produced six Conference Players of the Year and eight NCAA DIII All-Americans, and won an Eastern Regional Championship, followed by a Final Four appearance. He was named 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Assistant Coach of the Year, 2002 Assistant Football Coach of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation and was a featured offensive coordinator in American Football Monthly magazine in fall 2012.
Dolciato has built a reputation as a coach who is committed to his students-athletes and sets high standards for academics, behavior and participation in the community.
“We are gratified by Ron Dolciato’s commitment to helping student-athletes succeed in all aspects of life,” said Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College. “We look forward to his establishing a winning tradition in the football program, and beyond.”
Under his leadership as offensive coordinator, the 2012 John Carroll team set the University record for most passing yards in a season (3,352), and allowed the least amount of sacks in the OAC for four of the last five years (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). His teams also hold the John Carroll records for scoring offense, total offense and yards per game. During Dolciato’s tenure, his offense has produced more than 4,000 yards in six seasons and more than 30 points per game in seven seasons. Additionally, Dolciato has coached five current NFL professionals: two offensive coordinators, two general managers and a director of player personnel.
Dolciato earned a doctorate in administration and leadership in higher education from Capella University and holds a master’s in education in exercise science from Cleveland State University. He previously earned associate’s degrees in business management and marketing from the University of Toledo and a bachelor of arts in physical education from John Carroll, where he was a four-year letter winner and was named a GTE Academic All American and All-OAC in 1989. He then served as a graduate assistant coach before joining the staff full-time in 1992.
Encouraging strong academics has been a hallmark of his tenure; Dolciato served as academic adviser at John Carroll, where the 2012 team amassed a 3.0 GPA among its 180 players. He also taught classes and served as director of the exercise science program.
A resident of Russell Township, Ohio, Dolciato and his wife, Elana, have three daughters, Sabrina, 19; Francesca, 16; and Lily, 14.
The Bearcats compete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. After the College suspended varsity football in 1962, the rebirth of football at Saint Vincent took place in 2007. Bob Colbert led the Bearcats through the 2013 season.
After a search for a new coach was announced Nov. 19, Saint Vincent athletic director Fr. Myron Kirsch, O.S.B., led a thorough, swift process that drew more than 200 applications.
Sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Saint Vincent College is one of the nation’s top liberal arts and sciences colleges. Nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and a dozen foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses in 50 fields of study. Its philosophy of education combines the basics necessary for success in a profession with the creative, life-affirming values of the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences tradition.