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Volleyball coach Jeff Billington step downs

by Curtis Brooks, Sports Editor

June 19, 2012

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Volleyball head coach Jeff Billington.
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After seven seasons as skipper of the UNCP volleyball team, head coach Jeff Billington has stepped down to discover other professional career opportunities.

Billington arrived on campus in 2005 after coaching at his alma mater Frostburg State University in Maryland from 2001 through the 2004 season.

The seventh coach in the UNCP program's history, Billington is considered to be one of the more successful coaches as he accumulated a 100-127 overall record and 26-60 record in Peach Belt Conference since he took control of the program.

The program was in a rebuilding stage winning only 15 of 60 games played in the previous two seasons prior to Billington's arrival.

The Black and Gold celebrated their winning best percentage since the 1994 season when the team won 58 percent of their 33 games following the 2010 campaign, despite only winning five of 14 matches in PBC play that season.

The Lady Braves went 16-16 this past season, giving the Braves their second winning season since 2001.

Billington's squad recorded a 7-7 record in PBC play good enough for third place in the final standings, which is the best finish in conference play in 17 years.

"I would like to thank Dan Kenney, Dr. Tommy Thompson and former Chancellor Allen Meadors for providing me the opportunity to become a Brave and to take over the volleyball program seven years ago," Billington said.

"We set some school records, broke a few conference records and went from seventh in the conference to third. This would never had taken place without the dedication and hard work of the former and present student-athletes that helped turn our program into one of the top 10 programs in the region," he said.

A national coach search has begun as the 2012 season is set to begin on August 31 against Winston Salem State University at the first installment of the Wingate Tournament taking place at Wingate University's on-campus site, Cuddy Arena.

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