Dalton State Names Bruna Langner Volleyball Coach
December 4, 2012
Brazilian native and former assistant coach at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, Bruna Langner, has been named head coach of Dalton State’s inaugural women’s volleyball team which begins play next year.
Coach Langner has just returned with the Lee University volleyball team from the NAIA national championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Lee won the Southern States Athletic Conference Volleyball tournament and entered the National Championships as the number nine ranked squad in the country.
“Lee’s volleyball team has been a mainstay in the top 10 nationally of the NAIA rankings for the last decade,” said Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh. “Coach Langner is used to winning and has learned from one of the best coaches in the NAIA in Andrea Hudson during her last five seasons as an assistant coach and as an exceptional player.”
Langner came to the United States from Curitiba, Brazil, out of high school and became an immediate star at the collegiate level for Lee. She was a four-time NAIA All American and was the NAIA Regional Player of the Year and Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2006. A middle blocker her entire playing career, Langner holds the all-time blocking record for Lee University. Langner graduated from Lee with a bachelor’s in education and earned her master’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands where she served as a graduate assistant coach.
“I am thrilled and honored to be the first women’s volleyball coach in Dalton State history,” said Langner. “I look forward to starting the recruiting process and building a successful program. I want to thank Dalton State for giving me this great opportunity.”
“Bruna’s pedigree as a player and a coach helped her cause but you do not hire people just on the basis of who they have been associated with,” Waugh said. “We think she is a great fit because she is intelligent, enthusiastic, and loves the game of volleyball. She also has numerous local contacts and is very well-connected internationally. We are excited to have her on board and once our funding is competitive with other teams nationally, I have no doubt she will have our team competitive nationally.”
The venue for women’s volleyball will be Dalton State’s Bandy Gym which will soon undergo a major renovation.