By Matt Smith
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am in Boys soccer.
De La Salle High boys soccer coach, Brian Voltattorni, who has been with the Spartans program since 1994, is stepping down as head coach to spend more time with his family.
Voltattorni, who was a two-time recipient of the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Coach of the Year Award, decided now was the the time to make the change and spend more time with his loved ones, which includes a 13-month old son.
Under Voltattorni, the head varsity coach since the 2002-2003 season, the Spartans won five North Coast Section titles and seven Bay Valley Athletic League and East Bay Athletic League titles.
“Words cannot describe what the school embodies nor can words describe the impact that De La Salle has had on my life and the man I am today,” Voltattorni said. “I will forever be indebted to De La Salle for everything it has given me. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the Brotherhood here at De La Salle as a student, faculty member, and most importantly as a coach.”
Voltattorni also stood out as a player for De La Salle from 1994 to 1998 as he was the East Bay Player of the Year in 1998. As the head coach, he finishes with a record of 172-28-33, including a 23-1-0 season in 2008-2009 where the Spartans were ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally. In his time the Spartans outscored opponents 468-120 and the team posted 126 shutouts.
De La Salle assistant athletic director and assistant varsity coach, Derricke Brown, will take the helm as the head coach for the Spartans.
Voltattorni goes out on top, having won three consecutive NCS Division I titiles, with the 2010-2011 title being the least likely. The Spartans were the No. 8 seed and were considered the underdog on several occasions, but the team found a way to win close games in the playoffs.
“I will miss having the opportunity to work with some amazing young men,” Voltattorni said. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach such motivated and driven student-athetes. The greatest joy was watching how tirelessly these boys would work for the player next to them and the grind of trainings. I always found the training ground to be more rewarding than the games.”