By the time he left to take over the high school program Hurricane Middle had won five consecutive Mid-Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships. His last team there posted a 14-0 record and outscored opponents 98-0 and had a 3.88 team grade point average.
Hurricane High used the same defensive philosophy Dagostine employed at the middle school level to put together a 20-game scoreless streak during the 2009 season that brought national attention to the program.
There was simply very little, if anything, that was left to be accomplished.
"We built a first class facility, took care of the players, and built one of the top programs in the state," Dagostine said. "I feel like I've left a pretty good mark on the program."
That assessment led him to ask himself one simple question in regards to retiring.
"If I don't do it now," he said, "when do I do it?"
The Putnam County Board of Education has approved Derek Ragle as the new head coach.
Ragle was an assistant under Dagostine for three seasons before taking over the George Washington High School girls team last year.
He led the Patriots to the state championship game.
"I'm happy the way things worked out," Dagostine said. "Derek is a former player and is a teacher in the school."
He also has some very big shoes to fill.
The Hurricane boys open the regular season at home on Aug. 24 against Teays Valley Christian.