Daleville High School recently hired Dothan native Casey Williams to serve as the school’s new head volleyball coach.
Williams played basketball, softball and volleyball at Emmanuel Christian School in Dothan. She is also a graduate of Wallace Community College and Troy University and is currently seeking her master’s degree at the University of West Alabama. Daleville will be Williams’ first teaching and coaching job since graduating from college.
“I played volleyball, basketball and softball in high school and have always been an advocate for girls’ sports and I love mentoring girls,” Williams said. “I miss playing and I thought coaching would be really fun.”
Williams said that she’s known former Daleville volleyball coach Kayla Peak – who helped guide the Lady Hawks to three area championships in the 2000s – all of her life and she was the primary source of information on the Daleville program.
Since arriving on campus, William said that her team has been extremely eager to improve.
“It’s been going well,” Williams said of practices. “Everyone has been coming and they are eager to practice. They want to practice even more than we are.”
Williams said that her team already has a solid skill set but the biggest thing they have to do is come together as a team.
“I think the girls here already have really good skills,” she emphasized. “If we can just build our team unity and work on playing together then we can continue to build on those skills they already have and we’ll be much better than they have been in the past few years.”
The wins have been scarce for the Lady Hawk volleyball program in recent years and Williams said that she and assistant coach Tim Waller – who is also the head girls’ basketball coach – are working hard to change that culture at Daleville.
“Our goal is to build a program before anything else,” she flatly said. “Coach Waller and I working to build the program and let our team know that girls’ sports are important and continue building their confidence and building up their skills and agility to help for the future, not just this year. Our goal is to win, obviously, but it’s more than that.”
The Lady Hawks selected Brooke Beasock and Lashunda Straw as the varsity team’s co-captains for the 2021 season, while Camery Carr was selected as the JV team’s captain.