Justin DeBlasio, who helped lead Santa Margarita to a CIF title in 1997 as a player, has been hired as
the new boys volleyball coach, the school announced Tuesday.
DeBlasio replaces Bryan Cottriel who resigned from both the boys and girls coaching positions following the recently concluded girls season.
DeBlasio previously coached at San Juan Hills where he led the Stallions to their first ever CIF-SS playoffs appearance. San Juan Hills finished second in the Sea View League and advanced to the second round of the CIF playoffs.
DeBlasio has been the president and director of the 949 Volleyball Club in San Clemente.
“I am a product of Santa Margarita and now I get to be on the other side of things helping train young athletes into great players and more importantly great people,” DeBlasio said in a statement. “I take pride in being an influence in these athletes’ lives.”
At Santa Margarita, DeBlasio was a four-year starter. He was Sea View League MVP and first-team All-CIF as a junior.
“We are excited to have Justin back at Santa Margarita as part of the Eagle family,” Athletic Director Rich Schaaf said. “His experience and knowledge of the sport will be a great asset to the program.”
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