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May 26, 2015 10:12 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Doroski Bolts Hampton Bays Football And Returns To Mercy; Coaching Search Is On At Hampton Bays

Jeff Doroski is leaving Hampton Bays to return to Mercy, his alma mater. CAILIN RILEY
May 26, 2015 10:57 AM

It’s one and done for Jeff Doroski as head coach of the Hampton Bays varsity football team.

Just one season after leading the Baymen to a 4-4 Division IV record and a playoff berth—they lost in the first round to Bayport/Blue Point—Doroski decided not to reapply for the position, according to Hampton Bays Athletic Director Drew Walker.

Instead, Doroski has been rehired by his alma mater, Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead, where he still teaches and had coached the varsity football team for three years, from 2011 until 2014, before joining Hampton Bays last year. At Mercy, Doroski will be replacing Mike Buck, a former NFL quarterback, who had been hired to replace Doroski.

“At this time, due to curriculum changes and reallocation of resources, Mike Buck will not be returning for the 2015-2016 academic year,” Bishop McGann-Mercy administrator Debbie Kneidl wrote in an email. “As such, a review process took place and Jeff Doroski has been named Head Varsity Football coach for the 2015-2016 season.”

Doroski said he was given a "unique opportunity" to return to Mercy, where his oldest son, Christian, will be attending seventh grade next season and he'll be able to spend more time with.

"It was a tough decision but one I felt was the best decision for me and my family," he said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity that Drew Walker gave me, and I'm grateful for the way the Hampton Bays football community welcomed me in. It was a great experience and I wish them nothing but the best."

Walker, who said he was a bit surprised by Doroski’s decision to leave Hampton Bays after a single season, is now looking for a replacement. He explained that an internal search for a new coach is already under way.

“I wish the best for him,” Walker said of Doroski. “We will try and find the best candidate who fits the program.”

Doroski’s abrupt departure was part of an overhaul of Mercy’s athletic department when former Eastport South Manor varsity football head coach Paul Mastronardi took over as the Riverhead school’s athletic director in 2014 and basically cleaned house. It did not take long for Doroski to get the position at Hampton Bays, which was vacant following the departure of longtime head coach Mike Oestreicher who, incidentally, has won the most games in program history.

Mastronardi, though, resigned as Mercy’s athletic director in September after only nine months on the job and was eventually replaced by former Pierson varsity softball coach Melissa Edwards.

Doroski went 11-15 during his three-year tenure at Mercy. Buck, meanwhile, led Mercy to a 4-4 record in Division IV last year and a playoff berth.

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While timing is terrible with the boys gearing up for the 2015 season in just a few short weeks, it is not a great loss. Jeff Doroski did nothing for football in Hampton Bays. As he said, he was welcomed into the community with open arms but unfortunately he never became a part of the community. He did not commit to the Baymen pre, during or post season. He had one foot out the door from the beginning. Maybe they should bring Mike Oestreicher back! He was a coach for the kids and was dedicated to ...more
By 11946HB (8), Hampton Bays on May 27, 15 1:55 PM
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This is just another example of the lack of support for athletics from the administration in Hampton Bays. While I agree bringing back Mike Ostreicher back would be best,better would have been not to force him out in the first place.Mike ran the most successful of all the sport programs in Hampton bays ,particularly in the area of student accountability .Young men who participated in Mikes programs were taught respect and accountability both during the season and the off season. Many kids who would ...more
By bonac refugee (8), east hampton on May 27, 15 3:54 PM
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