Matanzas didn’t have to look far to find his next volleyball coach.
Dawn Moses is already the head coach of the Pirates’ beach volleyball team. Now she also becomes the head coach of the indoor volleyball team, replacing Julie Menendez, who resigned after five seasons.
“We had a few outside candidates, but she was clearly the best,” said Jordan Butler, Matanzas athletic director. “Her record speaks for itself.”
“I think if coaching is in your blood, it doesn’t matter what position you are in.”
Moses has coached various sports for over 40 years. She was the head volleyball coach at Olmstead Falls (Ohio) High School from 1999-2014, with 467 wins and a state championship. At Olmstead, she was District Coach of the Year ten times and Conference Coach of the Year eight times.
Since moving to Florida, she was an assistant volleyball coach at Flagler Palm Coast in 2015 and a season (2016) head coach at Matanzas before taking over the Father Lopez program for two seasons.
Moses’ most important job since moving here is as the director of volleyball at DME Academy in Daytona Beach. She has also been an assistant coach at Matanzas for the past three seasons and has set up the school’s beach volleyball program, which is preparing for season one this spring.
“I think if coaching is in your blood, it doesn’t matter what position you’re in,” said Moses.
Her passion for coaching and developing young women is more important than all the wins and accolades she’s amassed, Butler said.
“She fits our culture perfectly,” Butler says. “It’s not just about volleyball. She wants to see the girls grow as people and students, not just athletes.”
The Pirates will lose leading batter Emma Wood, who had over 200 kills last season, but they will return the team’s other co-MVP, libero/setter Sydney Moses, who is the daughter of Dawn.
“I love camaraderie and pride and playing for your school,” Dawn Moses said. “That will be my overall focus.”
She left Matanzas in 2017, assuming her daughter would attend high school with Father Lopez. As Lopez’s coach, Moses put together a 43-16 record and won her 500th game of his career. When Sydney, now a junior, signed up to Matanzas, Dawn returned to the Pirates to help the team.
Menendez’s daughter, Andrea, will likely remain in Moses’ staff. Moses said she is also looking for another assistant.
“We’re going to focus on skill development,” she said. “Next season I think it will be a rebuilding year. You cannot replace a child who has had more than 200 murders.”