Eagles hire Young as head volleyball coach
La Plata grad, former Grace Christian boys coach takes over at North Point
After gaining ample playing experience at La Plata High School and then at the College of Southern Maryland, Sara Young is set to enhance her coaching résumé this fall when she takes over as the new head volleyball coach at North Point High School.
Young, a 2006 La Plata graduate who later attended CSM and then graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has been an assistant coach with the Eagles the past two seasons and is already familiar with the returning group of players. She also had been the boys volleyball coach at Grace Christian Academy in Waldorf, guiding that team to the 2013-14 ISVBL tournament title and she was also an assistant coach at her high school alma mater.
“I’ve always been involved in Southern Maryland volleyball,” said Young, currently a long-term substitute at North Point although not far removed
from attaining her teaching certificate. “I grew up playing volleyball and enjoyed my playing days at La Plata and then at CSM. When my playing days were over I had the chance to get into coaching.”
Young has spent ample time playing and coaching teams at La Plata and now she is getting accustomed to arriving in the gymnasium of her high school alma mater as an opposing coach. In fact, the previous two years while she was an assistant at North Point she was able to catch a very recognizable face on the Warriors bench — her father, Bill Young, the La Plata head volleyball coach.
“It was a little different at first walking back into the gym and knowing that I was not going
to be on the La Plata bench,” Young said. “Especially when I would look over and see my dad coaching those girls. But it was a good learning experience working with the girls the last two years. I think we’ll have some good players back
and we could have some really good freshmen coming in, but I won’t know that for sure for another two months.”
As a volleyball player in high school and college, Young always recalled adhering to different goals set by her various coaches and now she has the task of setting the goals, both short- and long-term for her players. Young seems up to the
task, noting that many of her returning players should be familiar with her while she was the Eagles assistant coach.
“Really, the main thing for us is to keep getting better and that requires working hard,” Young said. “I want to see the girls continue to improve and the best way to do that is to work hard every day in practice. I want our team to be known as the hardest
working team in the conference. We’re not going to give up on any play. Our task will be to get to as many free balls as possible and keep them from hitting the floor.”
Grace Christian athletic director Brian Deschaine recalls seeing how well Young worked with the Knights boys volleyball team and believes she will enjoy similar
success at North Point.
“She was very knowledgable about the game and she was good teaching it to her players,” Deschaine said. “She really knew how to make in-game adjustments and convey them to her players. I think she will do well [at North Point]. She loves the game and can teach it to her players.”
La Plata High School grad Sara Young has been named as the new head volleyball coach at North Point High School for the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach with the Eagles last fall.