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Baldwin volleyball coach Luis Sepulveda to also guide Pratt

Luis Sepulveda is going to be a busy man.

The Baldwin girls volleyball coach has been hired as Pratt Institute’s women’s volleyball coach, according to a news release from the school, but also said he plans to stay in his current role with the Bruins.

“I’ve built that program,” Sepulveda said. “I want to see it through all the way.”

Sepulveda has led Baldwin to a 24-8 record in two seasons and spent three seasons at Island Trees. He was also an assistant coach at Nassau Community College.

“We are thrilled to add Luis to our coaching staff. We look forward to him, his experiences and his personality leading our program,” Cannoneers athletic director Walter Rickard said in the news release.

Pratt, which is in Brooklyn, is roughly a 45-minute drive from Baldwin High School. The seasons overlap, meaning Sepulveda, who is married with a 3-year-old son, will have to get creative with his scheduling.

While he admitted coaching both programs simultaneously would be a challenge, he believes it will work.

“When I do something, I’m either going to do it or I’m not,” he said. “It’s black or white; there are no shades of gray with me.”

Allie Ahearne was Sepulveda’s captain at Baldwin this season, and the senior said that she and her teammates initially thought he wouldn’t coach at Baldwin any longer.

But after they learned that he plans to stay, they offered praise and support.

“They’re getting a great coach, on the court and off the court,” Ahearne said. “They’re lucky to have him.”

The decision process for Sepulveda wasn’t easy, even though he said being a head coach at the collegiate level is something he’s wanted to do since he was young.

The Cannoneers play in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and went 7-14 last season. Turning around the program wouldn’t be a first for Sepulveda, as he inherited a 2-10 Island Trees team and proceeded to go 24-18 before coaching Baldwin.

“I know what’s needed to be successful,” he said. “It’s just a new challenge.”

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