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PCC hires Rose's Cabacar as volleyball coach

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J.H Rose High School's head volleyball coach, Norman Cabacar. (Juliette Cooke/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pitt Community College Athletic Director Dawn Manning announced Thursday morning that J.H. Rose volleyball coach Norman Cabacar would take over as the head coach of the Bulldogs next season.

Cabacar replaces former head coach Katelynn Speas, who led PCC to an 18-6 overall record in 2018, going 9-4 in Region X play.

“We are extremely excited to have coach Cabacar join our staff as the head volleyball coach at Pitt Community College,” Manning said in a press release. “He has established himself as one of the top high school coaches in our area and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program.”

Cabacar was the head coach of the Rampants from 2008-19. In that time, he amassed an overall record of 230-39-2, leading Rose to state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2014. The program also reached the regional finals in 2010 and 2015. Cabacar captured six Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference titles, and his teams were nationally ranked 11 times. 

Cabacar was also named conference coach of the year in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015. 

“I am eager to work with student-athletes that have the drive and passion to take their talents beyond the high school level, and I hope to only broaden our players’ passion for the game, while motivating them to be successful on and off the court,” Cabacar said. “I was excited for the opportunity to take on a new challenge moving from high schools and club to the junior college level, and being a Pitt alumni, this was a great fit for me personally and professionally.”

While the coach of the Rampants, Cabacar battled with other talented squads such as D.H. Conley and South Central. He will look to recruit local talent from Pitt County while using previous relationships to improve his roster.

“Pitt County has many talented players, so I would love to keep them here so that their family and friends can come watch them and support the team,” Cabacar said. “Additionally, I do know many high school and club coaches across the state, especially from Greensboro, back to the coast and down around the Wilmington area that I will reach out to for potential players.”

The Rampants finished 15-7, 7-5 in 2018, losing to Cleveland in the second round of the state playoffs. 

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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