WINTERVILLE—With spring practice set to begin next week in preparation for the 2015 season, Pitt Community College has named Katelynn James its new head volleyball coach.
James, a native of Jackson, Mo., replaces Caitlin Wooten, who resigned as coach following the 2014 campaign. She inherits a program that has gone 16-39 over the past two seasons.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to coach at Pitt Community College and push this program as far as it can go," James said. "I have a strong passion for the game of volleyball and look forward to the challenges that coaching the sport I love will bring."
James says her goal is to help the PCC volleyball program gain national recognition while preparing players for careers at the four-year level. That mission, she says, begins this spring with a focus on conditioning and strength training.
"Endurance will be the foundation of our success," James said. "We've got to be able to compete at a high level for five sets, if that's what it takes to win."
With just five players returning from last year's squad, James says her immediate goal is recruiting.
"I'm ready to hit the road and find talented players who will help us reach the national championship tournament," she said. "Overcoming the stigma some players have regarding community college volleyball is always a challenge, but I am confident PCC will ultimately have a volleyball program that athletes throughout North Carolina will want to be part of."
A graduate of Missouri State University, the 25-year-old James played four years of high school volleyball and had a scholarship offer from a four-year university before a knee injury ended her dreams of competing at the college level.
And while PCC will be her first college coaching venture, James has experience coaching recreational league squads and training one-on-one with players from the middle school ranks on up to high school freshmen.
In addition to her coaching role at PCC, James also serves as the college's Student Activities Coordinator.
Spring volleyball practice at PCC is set to begin Feb. 10.