BYFIELD — Triton softball coach Dave Dupere has stepped down after four highly successful seasons, he confirmed on Tuesday.
Dupere, who is coming off a 19-2 season in which Triton won the Cape Ann League Kinney Division championship and reached extra innings of the Division 2 North Final, said he decided to step down to focus on work and to have more time to watch his son Jared, the former Governor's Academy star who now plays Division 1 college baseball at Northeastern University.
"I really enjoyed coaching at Triton and will miss the girls," he said.
Dupere went 57-24 in four seasons as coach, taking over a program that had struggled the years prior to his arrival and building it into a championship contender. After missing the state tournament in his first year, the Vikings made the state tournament the next three seasons, emerging as a championship contender in 2018 before breaking through this spring.
Dupere's teams placed a heavy emphasis on hitting, an approach that paid off in spades this spring when 11 of the team's 13 varsity players posted a batting average of .300 or higher, along with seven starters who topped .400. His teams were led by a senior core that included Daily News Softball MVP Bridget Sheehan (.662, 38 runs, 6 home runs, 51 RBIs) and Daily News All-Stars Emily Karvielis (.574, 36 runs, 10 home runs, 43 RBIs), Grace McGonagle (.514, 37 runs, 16 RBIs) and Colleen McCarthy (.478, 36 runs, 20 RBIs).
Now, the Vikings will look to move forward without those four and their coach. Triton does return a talented and experienced core that includes pitcher Katherine Quigley and prolific hitters Mia Berardino, Eve and Fay Paicos and others.