May 7, 2022 – Norfolk, VA

The Norfolk Redbirds are excited to announce Chris Dotolo as the new head coach of the ball club.

Chris is a Norfolk native and a graduate of Norfolk Academy where he played football, basketball,  and baseball.  After playing baseball at VCU and Virginia Wesleyan,  he played professional baseball for 5 seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization.  He then spent the next 16 years as a college baseball coach, 15 at the Division 1 level. 

His first job was as an assistant at Mary Washington University under Tom Sheridan.  He spent a summer as an assistant for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League prior to a 4 year stint as an assistant at Dartmouth College (NH) under legendary coach Bob Whalen.  His next stop was St. John’s University (NY) in the Big East Conference where he was an assistant for 3 years for ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Ed Blankmeyer.   After St. John’s Chris was the head coach at  Hofstra University (NY) for 8 years including their inaugural season as a member of the CAA. 

He is now a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Virginia Beach.  Since his return to Hampton Roads he has coached high school baseball at Norfolk Academy and is currently an assistant at Cape Henry Collegiate for former ODU standout Tim Hummel.  He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Wesleyan, a Master’s degree in Sports Management from George Mason University,  and a Master’s degree in Financial Planning and Law from Regent University. 

The Redbirds are also excited to announce that Jack Markey will be joining Coach Dotolo’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Jack is a Norfolk native and graduate of Norfolk Academy where he played basketball and baseball. Jack was the 2014 TCIS Player of the Year and TCIS champion under coach Chris Dotolo. Jack’s father, Jim Markey, is a legendary local high school basketball coach, coaching for 20 years in the Norfolk area.

Jack attended James Madison University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. Since returning to Hampton Roads he has coached baseball at Catholic High School where he is currently the Head Coach. Jack works as an Inside Sales Representative for Chesapeake Marine Refrigeration in Norfolk.