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Northwest-Shoals names softball, baseball head coaches 

Northwest-Shoals Community College president Dr. Jeff Goodwin announced the hiring of new softball and baseball coaches Angel Brown and David Langston at a press conference March 8 in the gym on the Shoals campus. 

“This is an exciting day for Northwest-Shoals and our community,” said Goodwin. “Patriots athletics are back, and we could not be happier about the hire of Coach Brown and Coach Langston. They are both products of the Alabama Community College System as players and coaches. They know exactly how special community college athletics are for the athletes in our area.”

Brown, a native of Reform, comes to NW-SCC after a three-year stint at the NCAA Division II level as an assistant with West Alabama and most recently with the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to her time in the Gulf South Conference, Brown returned to her alma mater and led Bevill State as their head softball coach when they reinstated athletics in 2016. Along with her collegiate coaching experience, she has worked extensively coaching travel softball organizations in Birmingham.  

She said being selected as the NW-SCC Patriots head softball coach is an answered prayer. “I am beyond grateful that Dr. Goodwin and the selection committee have granted me this amazing opportunity to help lead the return of athletics to Northwest-Shoals,” Brown said. 

Langston, a native of Jasper, has coached baseball on the community college and high school levels for the past 25 years. He served as head baseball coach at NW-SCC for 10 years prior to the college suspending athletics in 2011. In those 10 seasons, Langston led the Patriots to a record of 327-160, which included five Alabama Community College Conference championships and two regional Coach of the Year awards.

During his time at NW-SCC, more than 70 players signed baseball scholarships to four-year colleges.

Most recently he has coached at area high schools including Muscle Shoals, Bob Jones, Florence and currently at defending 5A state champion Russellville. 

Langston said he was filled with emotions when he received the offer. “Being a player on the first team in 1993 and coaching here from 2001-2011 makes Northwest-Shoals feel like home,” said Langston. “I know the positive impact this baseball program had on me and many other players over the years. I look forward to getting started recruiting some of the top athletes from this area and representing Northwest-Shoals on and off the field.

“I am very grateful to the administration for the opportunity to lead this baseball program. It is a very exciting time for our institution and the community.” 

NW-SCC announced the reinstatement of athletic programs NW-SCC in fall 2021. NW-SCC is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference and will compete against various opponents within the ACCC, National Junior College Athletic Association and National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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