St. Vincent names new football coach

Paul Schofield
| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

When Ron Dolciato saw the football coaching position at St. Vincent come open, he knew he could handle the job.

The native of Mayfield, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland coached at John Carroll for 24 years and most recently served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.

On Friday, St. Vincent introduced Dolciato as its new coach, succeeding Bob Colbert, who helped restart the program in 2006. Dolciato is the eighth coach in school history.

Colbert went 10-61, and the team has lost 21 consecutive games. St. Vincent had one winning season — 6-5 in 2011 — under Colbert.

“What Ron showed us in his interview was his enthusiasm and positive attitude in taking this team forward,” said the Rev. Myron Kirsch, St. Vincent's athletic director. “He has academic emphasis, for sure. He was the academic advisor at John Carroll. He had 180 football players, and their GPA was 3.0 this year.

“He mentioned when he looks for players he doesn't necessarily look for the best players, but he wants the players with the best character because over a period of years you can develop them into good players.”

Dolciato said he'll meet with the team next week and each player individually.

Dolciato's offense finished first in the Ohio Athletic Conference and was 14th in the nation in passing offense in 2013.

John Carroll went 9-1 in 2013, played in the NCAA III playoffs and was ranked No. 13.

“Coming here is an opportunity for me to become a head football coach at an institution that had similar values I had at John Carroll,” said Dolciato, 50. “It was a Catholic school, faith-based school. The values of both schools I believe in. It's a natural transition for me.”

Dolciato said he needs to recruit student-athletes who fit St. Vincent.

“We'd like to recruit student-athletes with high character,” Dolciato said.

“We are gratified by Ron's commitment to helping student-athletes succeed in all aspects of life,” St. Vincent president Brother Norman Hipps said. “We look forward to his establishing a winning tradition.”

Dolciato's first test will come Sept. 9 against John Carroll at home.

“The only thing he promised me is that he'd have a good scouting report,” Kirsch said.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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