The Hampton Bays football team will have a new look on the sidelines this year, as Jeff Dorosky takes over the program.
Dorosky applied for the position after former head coach Mike Oestreicher withdrew his name from consideration. Oestreicher coached at Hampton Bays for 13 years, and was head coach for the last 10, during which time he became the winningest coach in the program’s history.
Dorosky was the head coach at Mercy the last three years but applied for the Baymen vacancy after being told the Mercy program would be going in another direction and hiring a new coach. He was also part of the coaching staff at Riverhead and Longwood before going to Mercy.
Dorosky inherits a program that has had more success than other East End teams in recent years and has even given some of the traditional powerhouse teams in the region, like Mount Sinai and Elwood/John Glenn, a run for their money. The season ended in disappointment for the Baymen last year, however, as the team was forced to forfeit its final regular season game—a win would have given them a playoff berth—because of locker room misconduct that resulted in a serious injury to one of the players.
As the program moves on from that disappointing finish, it will do so without not only its former coach but also without several key players who were big factors in the team’s success, most notably Taylor Catz, an All-County player who was one of the best tailbacks in Suffolk County. While Catz and other talented seniors from last year’s team have graduated, Dorosky believes he has a strong group of current seniors who can keep the team performing at a high level.
Sean Grismer will start under center this year after being the backup quarterback last year. Dorosky expects him to adjust easily to the starting role, especially since the offense will remain largely unchanged as Dave Goodman has remained with the squad as the offensive coordinator.
“He’s very smart, he’s a hard-working kid, and he knows the offense,” Dorosky said of Grismer. “We’re very confident in his ability to lead us this year.”
Senior running back Josue Monroy should have an even larger role on offense this season after seeing significant time on the field last year as a junior. Blocking for him will be fullback Robert Yates, and Dorosky said he expects senior Christian Nydegger to put points on the board for the team as a receiver/wingback, along with senior receiver Ralph Oswald.
Hampton Bays has depth and experience on the offensive and defensive lines, with seniors Tom Treetola, Alex Papajohn, Fisher Haines, Sean Deery and Tanner Troyan.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Dorosky said. “We have a really good group of seniors and they’ve been working really hard. One thing I try to express to them is that sometimes change is tough for everybody. They’ve been with Mike for a number of years, but they’ve been really receptive to me.”
The new coach added that he expects some newcomers to have an impact in their first year on varsity as well, including running back/linebacker Travis Flynn, a junior, as well as junior Jordan Johnson, who moved into the district from East Hampton. Juniors Matt Rinaldi and Tyler Havens also should contribute as receivers/defensive backs, while junior Justin Strecker will back up Grismer at the quarterback position.
The Baymen were seeded seventh out of 12 teams in Division IV, where the top eight make the playoffs. And that will be the goal once again for the Baymen.
“I know from competing against them the last couple of years and being in the same division that Coach Oestreicher has done a great job with this program,” Dorosky said. “I’m fortunate enough to come into a position where we’re not trying to rebuild but to make sure that we keep moving forward. My expectations are for them to continue to do the same things they’ve been doing. They’ve always been a very tough and determined team, and I’m looking for them to continue doing that.”
Hampton Bays will start the season at home against Wyandanch on September 5 at 7 p.m.