Casey Dale enters his third season as the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Juniata College. In his first season, Dale helped the team to a 28-8 record, a Landmark Championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.
One of the many reasons Dale was excited to return to Juniata was because of the community surrounding the college.
“I knew Juniata would still be very similar, in terms of people that still worked here, to what it was like when I graduated,” Dale said. “The people are what makes Juniata such a special place.”
Now that he’s got his first year as an assistant coach for the Eagles under his belt, Dale hopes he can continue to make an impact on the student-athletes.
“One of the things I think I need to work on is building better connections with the players,” Dale said. “Not just showing up to practice and giving them direction on the court but making the effort to be there early before practices just to see how their day is going and things like that.”
Before returning to his alma mater, Dale spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Washington and Lee University’s women’s volleyball team and then five seasons as the head coach at Transylvania University.
At Transylvania, Casey finished his first season in seventh in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) before leading the program to its first ever league title in 2010 and repeating in 2011 and 2012. He was named HCAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and was twice a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 award that recognizes the top 30 coaches in the country under the age of thirty, in 2010 and 2011.
The 2007 graduate served as a student-assistant with Juniata women’s team for two years including the teams’ second NCAA Division III National Championship in 2006.
“It was very refreshing to come back into an atmosphere where the players dedicate themselves to the program and their academics,” Dale said. “For the most part, they all have the same goal and that’s to win a national championship. It’s great to see that type of focus and attitude.”
During Dale’s time with the Pioneers he coached 19 players to All-HCAC honors, seven All-Freshman HCAC team members, and the 2010 HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. The team accumulated an overall record of 103-65 under Dale’s tutelage and an HCAC record of 34-11. Dale also served as a physical education coach in both weight straining and volleyball at Transylvania and Washington and Lee.