CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man of many hats returns to the helm of a program he once previously directed as Scott James looks to improve the St. Albans volleyball program this season.
James, the school's girls basketball and track coach, former golf coach and athletic trainer to the football team, has taken the reins of the volleyball program for the second time in his coaching career.
James previously coached his daughter, Meagan James, one season at McKinley Middle School and four years at SA, with two as a head coach nearly a decade ago. Now, he's back to coach his other daughter, junior Maura James.
"The history of St. Albans volleyball hasn't been very strong," James said. "They've been hovering around .500 the last couple years, but this is a team that we feel can be above .500 and really be a contender by the end of the season, and we're young, too."
With plenty of young talent in position, including Maura James, the Red Dragons will look to improve upon the program's struggles in recent years.
"I think we're going to be an all-around good team," James said. "We're going to have to play good offense and great defense for us to achieve our potential."
Talent extends throughout the roster and across the floor, James said. Maura James returns as a second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state setter. A transfer from Nebraska, 5-foot-11 senior Kasie Bowman, will look to dominate the middle, while junior Kalie Berry works as an outside hitter.
"We've got some outside hitters, we've got middle hitters, we've got two freshmen, Rachel Burnsworth and Braley Brown, that are basically back row players and they're sharing time at the libero and they've done a tremendous job so far," he said.
"You throw everything together and the team chemistry's good."
During a quad match Thursday, the Red Dragons defeated Buffalo in two games, lost two to Ravenswood and fell in three sets to Huntington.