Attention future female point guards: Simon Fraser’s Dani Langford is the ultimate role model. With two championships, one nicely tucked under each arm, the graduating All-Canadian captain from Abbotsford, British Columbia sets the standard for team leadership.
The Psychology/Kinesiology fifth-year student retired from the CIS after the SFU Clan ran a perfect season of 20-0 including the national championship with a 70-60 win over Winnipeg in the CIS final. After beginning this past year with back-to-back exhibition losses against US Division 1 Texas University, the Clan never lost another game, running a record of 38-2. When a team goes unbeaten for nearly six months of the season, the floor leader and team captain must be at the focal point of the team’s success.
Langford is the ultimate point guard on the court and on the stat sheet. She averaged 5.6 dimes per outing, which was good for third in the country, while dropping 12.6 points in 32 minutes of action, Langford shot 47% from the field while nailing 42% of her three-point attempts. The 5-7 point guard is the second all-time leader in assists at Simon Fraser and holds the record for most treys in a game, a season and a career. If you count all 40 games including league play, tournaments and exhibition games, the Heritage Park High School alumnus led the nation in three-point percentage with 37% and dropped more long bombs than some CIS team’s totals.
Like her stats, the awards for Langford have been piling up as well. This year, she was awarded player-of-the-year in British Columbia and was named the 2005 CIS championship MVP as well as a CIS Tournament All-Star. With her father Bruce Langford coaching her in high school and at Simon Fraser, Langford always kept her disciplined game at the top level. Coach Langford has been named Coach of the Year twice, and has a 121-19 record in four years.
“Dani has exceptional leadership skills as she leads, she makes others around her better and instills confidence in those she takes the floor with” commented Coach Langford, who hopes to have his daughter assist him on the Simon Fraser coaching staff. “With games on the line, Dani is a great clutch three-point shooter, has excellent court vision and is a creative no look passer.”
Dani Langford was playing basketball and working on her skills at the tender age of three. At her father’s practices, the young Langford would sit on the side and drill passes to herself, and became quite proficient with her skills. She was known to be on the court at half-time nailing shots as the real half-time show. Her skills began to fully develop in elementary school and received a major boost while playing with older players on the BC regional teams. She made the U-17 women’s provincial team as a 16 year old and played for the championship Canadian Junior National Team that went to Argentina.
At Heritage Park High School, twenty minutes from her hometown of Abbotsford, Langford was an Honor-Roll student winning multiple awards ranging from academics, to sports and community service. She won the Service and Millennium Scholarship and was named MVP at the AAA provincial level. When she’s not servicing her basketball team on the court, Langford offers up her time to volunteer and help students with special needs at Heritage High School.
When asked about her basketball role models, Dani is quick to come up with an answer. “I’ve always seen Andrea Schneider, as my role model” added a delighted Langford on her return from vacationing in Hawaii. “She was an all-time assists leader at SFU, and was a player that I tried to model myself after. She made everyone around her better and kept everyone happy with an even distribution of assists. And considering all the great influences I’ve had in my life, I only hope to do the same for these young girls that are coming up in the Canadian basketball system.”