A decorated resume in his 20-plus-year tenure

Coach Doller celebrates 200th win

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For over two decades, Christian Doller has been the chairman of the Board for Sayville varsity boys lacrosse. Doller has been a physical education teacher at Sayville High School ever since.

“As I look back now, I would have to say I’m most proud of the fact that I took on the challenge while I was student teaching in 1998 to start the boys program with the help of a handful of community members,” said Doller.

1998 and prior to the new millennium had plans on depositing the foundation for a lacrosse squad that hailed from Brook Street in West Sayville. 2001 was the inaugural season for the Purple and Gold, and it was not long until the program was configured into a mainstay Suffolk County contender year after year, which has made an annual policy of making a run for a county championship. The past two decades, the bystanders of the Sayville community have beheld in awe of teams that consisted of offensive juggernauts and tenacious defense. Doller put in the hard work every day after school in daily enactments of perfecting quality repetition teaching skills to the varsity lettermen.

Arduous practices were held beginning in the frigid February days to the dog days of summer in the blistering June heat. The brotherhood these young men have bonded through the years has meshed (no pun intended) with traditional winning ways of the team. Coach Doller’s mastermind of the sport, along with his benevolence and benignity of putting his players first before anything, has proliferated into all the attainments with not only trophies, but also the athletes learning life lessons that they have grasped and will for a lifetime.

Coach Doller has a decorated resume in his 20-plus-year tenure at the helm of marshaling his teams’ wielding of laced sticks on grass at Greene Avenue. Configuring the lacrosse club in 1998 and being the head coach since the team’s inception in 2001, he has obtained much team opulence, such as countless division championships, coached over 60 all-county lacrosse players, and over 100 players from Doller’s teams have played collegiate lacrosse. Coach Doller’s first win came in 2001 against East Hampton, and that was just the first to proliferate an illustrious journey. In 2009 and 2012, both seasons concluded in hardware. In only the ninth season of the program, Sayville lacrosse became champions: 2009 Long Island Champions, as the team had a commanding 15-6 record defeating Shoreham-Wading River in the Suffolk semifinals, 9-8; Smithtown West 11-9 in the Suffolk County Title game; and Garden City 12-10 in the Long Island Championship at Stony Brook. In the Suffolk County victory against Smithtown West, Coach Doller reached the century mark on the win tally, as that was his 100th win in his career.

The immaculate season came to a close in a loss to Niskayuna in the state semifinal game upstate in Middletown, N.Y. Another indelible season came in 2012 as Sayville won the school’s second Suffolk County Championship. The Purple and Gold’s record was a remarkable 12-5.

Sayville vanquished Eastport-South Manor 14-11 in the Suffolk County semifinals, then overwhelmed Comsewogue 12-5 at LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University to win Sayville’s second county championship in a span of four years. At halftime in the county title game, the Golden Flashes led by a slim 4-3 margin. The high-powered offense poured it on with eight second half goals, culminating in a 12-5 victory with another trophy and more smiles and grins from the Sayville community. The boisterous win earned Sayville another trip to the Long Island Championship held at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University, but Sayville fell to Garden City 9-2.

In 2018, the Golden Flashes had another memorable season, making another trip to the Suffolk County finals. In the first round of the 2018 Suffolk County playoffs, Sayville’s brawny offense put on an offensive clinic scoring 15 goals and outlasting Shoreham-Wading River 15-14, advancing to the semifinals. Doller has multifarious personal coaching attainments he has garnered in his long tenure. Doller has been named Suffolk County Coach of the Year five times, was awarded the prestigious honor in 2012 of being named United States Lacrosse NILA Coach of the Year, and thrice was bestowed the glory of North/South Suffolk All-Star Coach on three occasions.

On March 24, Coach Doller’s personal success and team success came full circle as he joined an elite club. Sayville Boys lacrosse defeated Sachem North 8-7 on the road, and that was Doller’s 200th career win. All the hard work and lifelong dedication has compensated in fulfilling meritorious accolades with great honor.

Matt Messina, 2005 Sayville alumnus, former varsity lacrosse player and close friend of Doller, had many kind words to say.

“Christian Doller is a staple in the community and has touched the lives of a tremendous amount of kids and families. He has gone above and beyond in his free time to help families both in sports and in just everyday life where families needed assistance. He is a physical education teacher in the high school, where he is still loved by every student that crosses paths with him,” Messina said. “He often doesn’t get the recognition that so many feel that he deserves in lacrosse-rich Long Island, and it’s mainly because he keeps a low profile. He has sent tons of kids to some of the best college programs in the country and has had players go on to play professionally as well.”

“Coach Doller started the program and built it up into a nationally known program, where you can go to any lacrosse tournament and ask about Sayville lacrosse and they’ll know about it. He is a players’ coach and only cares about mentoring the players that come through the program and coaching them into hardworking winners. He runs clinics all year round for the youth league and runs camps in the summer. He has come to the aid of families in need of help over a multitude of things and has never asked for anything in return or for himself. He puts in countless hours at the locker room, game planning and watching film that often goes unnoticed.”

“There are not many coaches in the country who can claim they started their program from scratch and even fewer who have found as much success as Coach Doller’s program. He won a Long Island championship just nine years after starting the program with middle schoolers. Sayville annually exceeds expectations, but Doller’s success can’t be measured by titles or wins. His former players will attest to the life lessons he instills in his own unique way. He has a genuine care for his players that extends after graduation and beyond the field. The Sayville community has been lucky to have Coach Doller. Congrats on 200-plus,” added Doug Meehan, 2009 Sayville alumnus, former Sayville lacrosse player, current Bayport-Blue Point lacrosse coach and close friend of Doller.

“I’m also very honored to have coached so many great kids that have gone on and become wonderful men, husbands, fathers, and coaches as well. We spend hundreds of hours with our kids during and outside of the season. This time is not only spent on X’s and O’s, but I’d like to think I have an integral positive influence on them as they move forward in life. I hope they understand the benefits of having a solid work ethic, the importance of goal setting and possibly most importantly, forming lasting relationships with your teammates and coaches,” Dollar said. “There doesn’t have to be any friction between players and coaches. I’ve always believed I could get more out of them on the field by first developing a positive relationship. Once your players know this, they can honestly accomplish anything together.”

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