Coaching Staff

John Chang

Chang joined Triangle in 2014 and has served as the head coach of 14 White and 16 Silver and as assistant coach of 14 Black. Chang began playing volleyball while attending Cerritos College in California. He played both indoor and with the California Beach Volleyball Association. He began his coaching career after moving to Knoxville and has over 12 years of club coaching experience at Smoky Mountain Juniors, K2, and Knoxville Volleyball Academy. Chang and his family live in Chapel Hill.

Chad Christensen

Christensen joined Triangle in 2011 after moving to Raleigh from Chicago. He has served as an assistant coach in the 15s and 17s age groups, as well as a resource coach in Groups 1 and 2. Christensen played for the All-Marine and All-Armed Forces Teams from 2008-2013. He has been an assistant coach at Club Fusion in Chicago and coached varsity high school in Illinois. Christensen has a bachelor's degree in communications from Northeastern Illinois University and serves as a reservist for the Marine Corps. 

Mikaela Christiaansen

Mikaela comes from a volleyball family where her mom played at UC–Santa Barbara. Christiaansen lettered all four years at Ironwood Ridge High School and was a two-time first-team Arizona Class 5A All-State selection and two-time honorable mention selection. She played club at Dinamo Volleyball Club and was named to the "Senior Aces" list. Christiaansen helped lead her club team to a second-place finish in the American Division at the 2009 Junior Olympics and was also a member of the Arizona Region High Performance Girls' Division Team in 2008 and 2009.

Christiaansen played both indoor and sand volleyball at Pepperdine University. Playing in all 64 matches during two seasons at Pepperdine, Christiaansen helped lead Waves to the NCAA Regional final and West Coast Conference title in 2011. As a member of the Waves' sand team, Christiannsen helped them claim the first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in 2012.

Christiannsen transferred to South Carolina for her junior and senior years again playing both sand and indoor for the Gamecocks. Her senior season she recorded 535 digs; the most in a single season in school history and third best overall in the SEC. Christiannsen was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Christiaansen graduation USC in 2015 with a degree in Public Relations and Sport and Entertainment Management. She currently lives in Durham and works at Cisco as a Services Account Manager.

Kari Council

Council hails from Minnesota where she played both club and high school volleyball. In high school she was a three-time all-conference honoree. After high school Council coached club at the 14s age group and remained active in volleyball in adult recreational and collegiate intramural leagues.

Council attended the University of Minnesota‐Duluth where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications. She is currently working for PNC Mortgage. Council joined Triangle in 2012 and has served as the assistant coach of 12 Black and as head coach of 12 Blue.  

Ashleigh Crutcher '11

Crutcher began her playing career at Triangle in 2007 on 14 Black and was on the first 15s team (15 Black 2008) in North Carolina to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals. Crutcher and Triangle 18 Black qualified in Open for USAV Junior Nationals in 2011 and earned a 13th place finish. She graduated from Cary Academy in 2011 and went on to a standout four-year career at the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Crutcher earned All-ACC First Team honors as a freshman, Second Team honors her sophomore year, and was AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2012. In the classroom Crutcher was tremendously successful making both the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and 2013 and the All-B1G Academic Team in 2014. Crutcher finished her indoor career at Maryland with 1,342 kills, ranking her fifth all-time in school history. Crutcher graduated from Maryland in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. After Maryland she went to UNC Wilmington to earn a master's degree in teaching. While at UNCW Crutcher played on their inaugural NCAA beach volleyball program.

Crutcher is currently living in Cary.

Jason Curtis

Club Co-Founder

Curtis, currently principal at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, is originally from San Diego. Curtis attended Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and played volleyball. He also earned a master's degree in educational leadership from Marymount University. While teaching and coaching at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, Curtis’ teams won two girls’ CIF-CCS championships. Curtis served as an assistant coach at Stanford University during their 1996 NCAA National Championship season.

Curtis’ leadership and commitment to the game led him to found and help direct two of the nation’s most medal-laden junior volleyball clubs, Vision Volleyball Club and Club Yahoo! Curtis co-founded Triangle in 2002 and served as its executive director from 2002-2004. In 2006 Curtis led 18 Black to unprecedented success when Triangle became the first club from North Carolina to win a national qualifier (Big South) in the Open Division, and the first team ever from North Carolina to earn an Open bid to USAV Junior Nationals. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons Curtis served as a mentor in the 12s age group. During the 2012 season he assisted 12 Black at the Big South Qualifier and the 12 National team at the AAU Junior National Championships. He has served as the head coach of 13 Black since 2013. Curtis also serves as a lead clinician for Triangle throughout the season.