05/23/15 10:00am
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Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy's head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy’s head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.

After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September.  (more…)

03/25/15 2:00pm
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Riverhead sophomore Casey Plitt pitched nearly every inning last season for the Blue Waves. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Riverhead sophomore Casey Plitt pitched nearly every inning last season for the Blue Waves. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Pitching and defense can carry any softball team a long way, especially in high school. At Riverhead, coach Jeff Doroski is confident the Blue Waves have both.

“I think one of our strengths last year was defense,” Doroski said. “I don’t see any letdown there. I think we will be as good defensively as we were last year.”  (more…)

03/11/15 7:00pm
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Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead senior Kayla Ormandy plays catcher in a game last season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The offseason for a varsity coach can be filled with anything but downtime. Especially for a coach in charge of two teams.

After finishing teaching at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, Jeff Doroski would head to Hampton Bays High School at least twice a week during the winter to oversee offseason workouts for the Baymen football team. Often, on the same days, Doroski would follow that with a trip to Riverhead for offseason workouts with the Blue Waves’ softball team.

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03/20/14 3:00pm
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Riverhead freshman Casey Plitt will see the majority of the time on the mound this season for the Blue Waves. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The transition from coaching baseball to softball presents some inherent challenges. As new coach Jeff Doroski has found out, there are some benefits to softball.

For starters, no more worrying about pick-offs.

“Bad things usually happen when you try to pick guys off base,” Doroski noted.  (more…)

02/25/14 10:16pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  McGann-Mercy football coach Jeff Doroski faces an uncertain future amid speculation that he will be replaced as the team's varsity coach.

Former McGann-Mercy football coach Jeff Doroski will coach Riverhead’s varsity softball team this spring. (Garret Meade file photo)

Former McGann-Mercy football coach Jeff Doroski has been hired to coach Riverhead’s varsity softball team. He was formally approved by the Board of Education at Tuesday night’s meeting.  (more…)

02/21/14 10:00am
02/21/2014 10:00 AM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  McGann-Mercy football coach Jeff Doroski faces an uncertain future amid speculation that he will be replaced as the team's varsity coach.

Jeff Doroski became the head football coach at Mercy in 2011. (Garret Meade file photo)

I’ll never forget that day in Babylon in the fall of 1998. I was a senior at Mercy High School, playing in one of the final football games of the season, and we were getting our tails kicked in. At halftime the score was so obscenely lopsided that if forfeiting didn’t carry such universal shame, I’m sure most of my teammates would have elected to pack up, get on the bus and head back to Mercy. (more…)

02/21/14 8:00am

McGann-Mercy athletic director Paul Mastronardi, who previously coached at Eastport-South Manor, said he will coach football and lacrosse at Mercy, but would not be the head coach. (The Press News Group/Kerry Monaco photo)

From Mercy High School’s humble beginnings in the 1950s, when 47 students in a temporary building on Roanoke Avenue made up its inaugural class, the small Riverhead school has served as the East End’s home for secondary students seeking a Catholic education in a close-knit community. As the school expanded, eventually becoming Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in 2002, students there continued to gravitate toward athletics as a part of their education.

The Monarchs, while successful at times in certain sports, have never been known as a powerhouse program.

Administrators now hope to change that.  (more…)