SANFORD — Dal Langston of Sanford is the new volleyball coach at Central Carolina Community College. He succeeds Bill Carter, who retired from coaching after 13 years of leading the CCCC volleyball program.
Langston has been serving as Fayetteville Technical Community College assistant coach since the school’s inaugural volleyball season in 2018. In addition, he is currently serving as a coach with the Sandhills Volleyball Club.
Prior to his coaching stint at FTCC, he served three years as volleyball coach at Chatham Central High School. His Chatham Central teams won two conference championships and one conference runner-up — and he received two Conference Coach of the Year awards.
He previously coached club team volleyball, including time with Brick City Volleyball and L2 Volleyball. His teams won various tournaments, was a National Qualifier in 2014 and qualified twice for the Girls Junior Nationals.
Langston said he is excited about the opportunity because he loves both coaching and teaching.
“My philosophy is fun, fast and fearless,” Langston said. “We need to have fun … it is just a game, after all. We need to be fast because it’s more fun, and, as you play at a higher level, the speed of the game gets faster. And fearless because you have to play without being scared to make a mistake. I believe to be great you have to do more than that is required.”
His coaching philosophy includes:
• to compete without sacrificing class or integrity.
• to compete while developing a team-first/maximum effort atmosphere.
• to compete while helping young people be good people as well as good athletes.
• to compete while still caring more about the person than the athlete.
A graduate of East Carolina University, Langston holds the USA Volleyball Coaches Accreditation Program II certification.
He and his wife, Cara, have three grown daughters — Dallas, Evan and Katy.
“We are very excited to add Coach Langston to our staff,” CCCC Athletic Director Jonathan Hockaday said. “His experience at the high school, club and community college levels made him a perfect fit to lead our volleyball program. He is equally committed to the development of our student-athletes both on and off the court.”
This year’s CCCC fall 2021 volleyball team finished the season on a high note, winning six consecutive matches before falling to Sandhills Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 10 Tournament Championship.
The spring 2021 team won six of its eight matches and claimed the NJCAA Division III Region 10 regular season and tournament titles.
For more information on Central Carolina Community College, which is dedicated to providing pathways to achievable dreams, visit www.cccc.edu.
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