Jennifer McCall, Peyton Lang join Southern Miss Volleyball staff
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss head volleyball coach Stephanie Radecki has announced the hiring of Jennifer McCall and Peyton Lang as assistant coaches to her inaugural staff.
"I believe the key to being successful in any job is surrounding yourself with people you trust and enjoy working with," Radecki said. "Jenn and Peyton are not only highly qualified and knowledgeable, but embody the work ethic we need to achieve greatness with Southern Miss Volleyball."
McCall served the last eight seasons as assistant volleyball coach at North Alabama. The Littleton, Colo., native has 19 years of coaching experience, including time as head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
"I'm excited to not only join Coach Radecki on the volleyball staff, but also to join the Southern Miss family," McCall said. "This volleyball program has seen a lot of success and I'm excited to be a part of its future."
The former collegiate standout most recently served as head volleyball coach at UNC Wilmington, where she spent five seasons at the helm of the program (2004-08). Prior to her stop at UNCW, McCall served one season as associate head coach at Gardner-Webb University.
She previously spent three years as assistant coach and associate head coach at Iowa State (2000-02). She also served five seasons at Auburn as an assistant, the first two as a graduate assistant before moving into the assistant role her final three seasons with the Tigers.
In 2008, UNCW earned the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award after the program posted a combined grade point average above 3.30 for the third consecutive year. In addition, six of her players averaged a GPA of 3.6 or higher, giving the Seahawks more than 30 Dean’s List honorees during her four seasons.
McCall also enjoyed an outstanding playing career at Florida State. A setter, she still ranks fourth all-time with 2,888 career assists, and her 1,452 assists during the 1993 season rank third on the single-season list. McCall was the starting setter on FSU’s co-championship team in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992 and was voted Team MVP in 1993. A three-time team captain and member of the league’s All-Academic Team, McCall earned the Golden Torch Award from 1991-93 for posting the team’s highest grade point average and earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1994.
After her playing career, she spent five years on the staff at Auburn where she earned her master’s degree in health and human performance in 1997. She helped the Tigers compile a 98-52 overall record with the Southeastern Conference Western Division regular season title in 1997. Five Tigers earned All-SEC honors, including Freshman of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) District IV honoree Janelle Hamilton.
Lang this past fall served her first year as a graduate assistant for North Alabama after a stellar career with the Lions.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to coach at Southern Miss," Lang said. "This program has a lot of talent and great girls. I am looking forward to the future of the program and working with these athletes, as well as alongside Coach Radecki and Coach McCall."
The three-year letterman wrapped up her playing career with 609 kills, 667 digs, 59 service aces and 100 total blocks. As a senior in 2016 she led UNA to its second consecutive Gulf South Conference title, recording 17 kills in the conference championship match en route to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She finished the season with 333 kills and 339 digs and was also a second team All-GSC pick.
Prior to coming to UNA, she played her freshman season at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan. She was an outside hitter as the Raiders went 34-2 and finished the season with a No. 4 national ranking. She was also named to the NJCAA all-tournament team.
In high school, Lang was an outside hitter at Walled Lake Northern and Barrington schools. She helped lead Barrington to the 2011 conference title and later helped Walled Lake to the 2012 city championship and was an all-region selection. She received all-conference honors at both schools.
The Commerce Township, Michigan, native earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is pursuing a master’s degree in safety and security leadership.