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New Bearcats football coach boasts offensive background

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

When St. Vincent opened the football coach's job in November, Athletic Director The Rev. Myron Kirsch said the hiring process would be quick.

Less than two months later and after going through 200 applicants, St. Vincent has a new coach: Ron Dolciato, associate head coach and offensive coordinator from John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Dolciato spent 24 years as a coach at John Carroll where he helped the school set two national and 59 school offensive records in Division III since 2001.

He was named 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Assistant Coach of the Year and 2002 Assistant Football Coach of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He also was a featured offensive coordinator in American Football Monthly magazine in fall 2012.

Under Dolciato's leadership as offensive coordinator, the 2012 John Carroll team set the school record for most passing yards in a season (3,352) and allowed the fewest sacks in the OAC for four of the last five years.

His teams also hold the John Carroll records for scoring offense, total offense and yards per game. During Dolciato's tenure, his offense has produced more than 4,000 yards in six seasons and more than 30 points per game in seven seasons.

Dolciato also has coached five current NFL professionals: two offensive coordinators, two general managers and a director of player personnel.

“We were prolific offensively the past five years,” Dolciato said. “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.

“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 the profile of St. Vincent.

“We'd like to recruit student-athletes with high character and bring people we know will achieve success,” Dolciato said. “We have to recruit hard, and recruiting is all about hard work. We want to bring in people who were good at their high schools.”

He replaces Bob Colbert, who led the Bearcats through the 2013 season. Colbert was 10-61 and the team has lost 21 games in a row.

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

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