(Neb)-CSC Hall Of Famer And Ex-AHS Principal Deron Dolfi Loses Cancer Battle
By CON MARSHALL
Deron Dolfi, a 3-time All-American javelin thrower and member of the Chadron State College Athletic Hall of Fame who went on to be a highly regarded educator, has lost a year-long battle with cancer.
Dolfi died Monday, Nov 25, at his home at Murrells Inlet, S.C. He was 52.
Deron Dolfi was born Oct. 12, 1967 at Bethel Park, Pa, and came to Chadron State from Pennsylvania in the fall of 1985 The javelin was his only event and he made the most of it. His best marks still rank first, third, fourth and fifth on the Eagles’ all-time javelin list: 206-8 in 1986, 206-1 in 1987, 205-6 in 1989 and 204-10 in 1988.
Dolfi was the NAIA District 11 (Nebraska) Track and Field Meet champion in 1986, 87, and 88 before finishing 2nd to teammate Danny Moore in 1989. He also earned All-American honors by placing at the NAIA National Meet 3 times: finishing 8th in 1987, 3rd in 1988, and 6th in 1989. His 3rd place finish his junior year was the highest by a Chadron State athlete at a national track and field meet at the time.
Dolfi was first in the javelin at 11 other meets during his career. He was inducted into the Chadron State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
An honor student, Dolfi earned his bachelor's degree in 1989 and remained in Chadron another 4 years earning his master's degree. During that time, his charismatic personality made him well-known on campus and in the community.
Among his higher-profile activities were color commentary on CSC football broadcasts and serving as the public address announcer at the Eagles' home basketball games. He got the crowd “into the games,” to say the least - so much so that the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrote the college and told them to have Dolfi tone it down.
After earning his master’s degree in 1993, Dolfi taught and coached at Rushville High School for 5 years before becoming assistant principal at Alliance Middle School. He held that position for 5 years before being named principal at Alliance High School.
While at Rushville, he was selected to coach a girls’ team in the Panhandle Prep All-Star basketball game. He also officiated high school football for 12 years and was a member of the officiating crew for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl in 2007.
A program he developed in Alliance to reward students who completed semesters without discipline referrals was recognized and emulated across Nebraska, and in 2007 he was named Nebraska’s Region 5 Principal of the Year.
Shortly after that, he and his wife Kelli, also a Chadron State graduate and educator, accepted positions in South Carolina and moved to the East Coast along with her daughter.
. Dolfi became assistant principal at Myrtle Beach High that autumn and two years later was named assistant principal at nearby St. James High School. In 2015-16, St. James High was selected “Palmetto’s Finest,” recognizing it as the outstanding high school in South Carolina.
Survivors include his wife and stepdaughter, her husband Christopher Mishoe of Lake City, S.C., and his brother Scott and his wife Leslie of Pittsburgh. Scott followed Deron to Chadron State, where he became an All-RMAC defensive end who briefly played professionally.
A celebration of life for Deron Dolfi will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 pm ET at the St. James High School Auditorium. Those wishing to send condolences can mail them to Kelli Dolfi, 129 Pickering Drive, Murrells Inlet, S.C., 29576.
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