Fort Dale welcomes David Delozier as girls volleyball coach

Published 11:53 am Tuesday, June 27, 2023

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David Delozier is excited about his first season at Fort Dale Academy, and will work as  the school’s new head volleyball coach this fall. 

Delozier said he has already met some wonderful people in the community. 

“I’m anxious to get to know the girls and their parents,” he said. “Hopefully we can build something here.”

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Delozier is a sport’s enthusiast and enjoys working with athletes of all ages. He graduated from Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2008, and continued his education at Midwestern State University, also in Wichita Falls. 

The coach was an athlete himself, playing tennis at the collegiate level. Delozier said if he hadn’t chosen the career of coaching, he would have been an athletic trainer. He said he is always focused on helping student athletes  to improve, and that’s why he loves being a coach.

Delozier has been coaching from Texas to Alabama for eight consecutive years, and comes to Fort Dale after three winning seasons at Edgewood Academy in Elmore County. 

After receiving his master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbannais, Illinois, Delozier had a successful run in 2018 as Division 1 level assistant volleyball coach at  Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery. While there, he led the Hornet girls to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament, which advanced the team to a run at the NCAA championship, two years in a row.

COVID-19 hit in 2019, Delozier said adjustments had to be made, and now he’s feeling pretty comfortable coaching at the high school level. 

He said he’s looking forward to making some history at Fort Dale and will be teaching physical education in addition to coaching both varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball.

“We have about 30 plus girls trying out, so we’ll probably have great coverage on each squad. I’ve met them, and they are all wonderful girls, Delozier said. “We’ll finish up tryouts this week and pick our teams, and look forward to the season, which begins in August.”