Ea­gles hire Young as head vol­ley­ball coach

La Plata grad, for­mer Grace Chris­tian boys coach takes over at North Point

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.

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