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Dante Casagrande put his heart and soul into building a powerful soccer program at Islands High — so he had mixed emotions about a family decision to make a cross-country move to Seattle this summer.

The 42-year-old let his squad know before the playoffs started, and his team responded by peaking for the postseason. Islands closed out a memorable run with the best season in program history, advancing to the state semifinals for the first time and finishing with an 11-2-1 record.

Islands High soccer coach Dante Casagrande talks with the team before the start of a recent practice.

Casagrande is the Savannah Morning News Boys Soccer Coach of the Year, the third time he was won the award.

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“I remember coming into the season a little pessimistic as COVID-19 was limiting our schedule. We weren’t getting the chance to play the stronger teams from Atlanta to prepare for the playoffs,” Casagrande said. “But our boys had such a great attitude and they made those doubts go away internally and in the tournament. We had a great season.”

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