Volleyball Now 3-4 under New Head Coach
By Andrew Edmondson
PCC Media Relations Intern
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College volleyball is off to a 3-4 start this season with a new head coach at the helm and plenty of new players trying to prove themselves on the court.
Caitlin Wooten, a former N.C. Wesleyan College (NCWC) standout, is guiding the Bulldogs this season. The 26-year-old native of Rockville, Md., has taken over for Tom Marsh, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2012 season.
Prior to joining PCC, Wooten spent three seasons as an assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater, where she was named MVP in two of her four seasons as a player and finished as the Battling Bishops’ all-time assists leader.
Pitt is Wooten’s first head coaching job, and she says she is very excited about the opportunity to run her own program and be involved with volleyball every day.
“I am a passionate, dedicated coach,” she said. “I know I will give 100 percent commitment to the team, and I expect the same in return from my players. With that being said, I love to have fun and want everyone to enjoy playing the sport we all love.”
Wooten, who graduated from NCWC in 2008 with degrees in sociology and criminal justice, says she wants to help all of her players graduate from PCC and continue their volleyball careers at four-year institutions.
With just one player returning from last year’s squad, Wooten says the biggest challenge for this year’s team is player development and how the Bulldogs come together on the court. She remains confident that with the help of Assistant Coach Erica Banning, a former volleyball player at East Carolina University, the team will compete at a high level this season.
“PCC has had a very successful volleyball program in recent years, which we hope to continue,” Wooten said. “… Players [who come to Pitt] will have the opportunity to play for two young and experienced former volleyball players who are excited to have an impact on their careers.”
After starting out 1-4 this season, PCC improved to 3-4 overall with a pair of wins on Saturday. After topping Davidson County Community College, 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-20), the Bulldogs beat Guilford Tech, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-20).
Next up for PCC is a doubleheader in the Charles Coburn Center Wednesday against Wake Tech and Lenoir Community College, starting at 5 p.m.