Former University of Hawaii starting libero Nick Castello has been named the new Maryknoll boys volleyball head coach, according to Ben Valle, the school’s athletic director, in a news release.
After graduating from UH in 2012, Castello went on to play professionally for UK Ostrava in Great Britain and Voleibal Brno in the Czech Republic.
He is currently serving as a volunteer coach for the Hawaii women’s volleyball team and as a trainer at Mar Training in Honolulu.
“Coach Castello has a passion for teaching the youth of Hawaii more than just the game,” Valle said in the release. “Teaching life through the game of volleyball has been coach Costello’s mission since he returned to Honolulu after his playing days overseas, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the Maryknoll athletic program.”
Castello played for Maryknoll in high school because his own school, Assets, did not have a volleyball team.
“Hard-work, commitment, and unselfishness are the cornerstones for success both on and off the court,” Castello said in the release. “I have been around many great volleyball players, but more importantly, I have been around many great people.”
Castello takes over for outgoing coach David Bayne. The Spartans went 1-9 in the recently completed regular season and lost twice in the ILH postseason tournament.
“We decided that the time was right to make a change in the direction of our boys volleyball program,” Valle said in an email. “We’re grateful to coach David Bayne for his time and commitment to the program and we appreciate all he has done over the past few years for our players.”
Castello was named the 2010 Pacific Coast Conference player of the year while attending Irvine Valley College. He also helped win silver at the Czech Cup and silver at the Czech Extraliga while playing for Voleibal Brno.