Langley, Trojans continue winning ways
David Langley spent 10 years as full-time paramedic in Peach County, but when he became a full-time teacher at Peach County, he was given a job that would be every bit as challenging, albeit not quite as serious as saving lives.
Langley was named the girls soccer head coach at Peach County, a team that won only one game in the three years prior to his arrival.
Things are much better these days as Langley and the Trojans have reached the playoffs the past four years, including a run into the quarterfinals this year before losing to Blessed Trinity, a team that made it all the way to the GHSA Class AAA finals. The Trojans had a sparkling 17-2-2 record, including wins over Mount de Sales, Warner Robins and Northside.
Langley, who played soccer in high school, quickly admits that he learned the game by watching his daughter play for the Macon Soccer Club.
“My daughter Kenzie started playing when she was 4 and played travel soccer from the ages of 6 to 11, and I was able to learn from Charlie Parrish,” said Langley, The Telegraph’s All-MIddle Georgia Girls Soccer Coach of the Year. “He is the one who taught me most of the soccer I know.”
Langley immediately saw changes would have to be made to have success at Peach County.
“We had to work on things like discipline and accountability because at the time the girls were basically coaching themselves,” Langley said. “We had to work on simple things like making sure that the girls understood they were expected to be at practice every day and that they would have to keep up with their grades. It was also very important to get the most talented soccer players in school to come out and play for the team.
“Once we got those things in place, we could think about winning.”
Peach County graduated six seniors this year who were heavily responsible for winning two straight region championships, but Langley is confident that Peach County’s winning ways can continue.
“I feel great about the future of this program, and I tell our players that we have to set new team goals,” Langley said. “I don’t think we will change the goal of winning region again and advancing to the state playoffs, though. These girls have learned how to win the last few years, and it’s expected now.”
Langley, who teaches an emergency medical responder course at Peach County, said he has enjoyed his opportunity to become a full-time coach.
“I love it, and really the only part I’m not comfortable with is the attention that I get,” Langley said. “All of the credit for all the wins needs to be on the players, who go out every day in the hot or the cold and work hard. They are the ones who deserve the credit.”