Dagostine was named the National Federation Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2008. He also led the Hurricane Middle School program for eight seasons prior to coming to the high school.
Hurricane High also saw its soccer complex come to fruition under Dagostine with the construction of game and practice fields with bleachers and locker room facilities, which also benefited the girls program.
"When I first took the job at the first meeting I said we would try and do three things,'' Dagostine said. "We'd build a first-class facility, we would take care of the players the best that we could, and that we would be competitive with the best teams in the state.
"The facilities are an ongoing thing, but quite frankly I think we have the best on-campus facility in the state when you consider the playing surface, practice field and dressing facility. It was done from scratch. Our players have six different uniform combinations.''
Dagostine has been a lightning rod for criticism the last several seasons for using what opposing coaches and parents saw as an inordinate number of foreign-exchange students.
"It was disappointing some of the things that were said and done,'' said Dagostine. "To not shake those kids' hand or to not give credit, that's disappointing.
"A kid can choose in ninth grade where he wants to go. If that's out there ... I didn't say anything when a kid was starting for us went to Winfield and then started his junior and senior year. To see [our players] put those things aside to make things work was one of the neatest things I've been involved in.''
Dagostine said he's thankful for all the support he received while at Hurricane.
"This wasn't about me,'' he said. "There are so many other people involved. I want to thank my Lord for giving me some good opportunities and putting me with some good people. I've made a lot of friends. I always got satisfaction out of working with the kids and seeing their success.''
Derek Ragle, a former Hurricane High player and Dagostine assistant for three years, has been hired to take over the program. Ragle guided George Washington to last year's AAA girls state title game in his first season.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.