Triangle Coaching Staff

At Triangle, we seek to hire "good people first" who share a love for the game of volleyball and a passionate desire to invest in young people as they work to realize their athletic potential.

Triangle also believes strongly in creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can passionately celebrate sport and help young people develop. We seek and support diversity and recognize diversity as an asset for our culture, coaching staff, and athletes.

We are excited to introduce the 100+ talented and dedicated coaching staff who have committed to serving our mission and athletes.

Among them you will find...
- 55 current or former NCAA athletes, including 32 former Division I athletes and 6 All-America selections.
- 18 former or current college coaches.
- 19 Triangle alumni/former players.

AND a coaching slate who have collectively earned...
- 27 high school state championship titles.
- 41 total bids to USAV Junior Nationals, including 20 Open qualifications.

Lindsey Hall

lindsey.hall@trianglevolleyball.org

Hall, a North Carolina native, joined Triangle in 2014. She has served as head coach of 13 Silver and as an assistant coach in the 12s and 13s age groups. She played libero at South Granville High School and competed in club for several years, finishing her career with Jammers Volleyball Club. Hall played intramural indoor and beach at NC State while earning degrees in sport management and business marketing. She graduated in 2011 and is currently the marketing coordinator at PNC Arena. She continues to play volleyball in several adult leagues.

Geoff Hannert

geoff.hannert@trianglevolleyball.org

Geoff originally hails from Michigan where his primary athletic endeavor was rowing/crew. As a junior crew member at Detroit Boat Club he competed nationally and was selected to participate in the Junior Olympics. Hannert attended Rutgers University and was part of the nationally ranked lightweight crew men’s team.

Hannert’s love of volleyball began as teenager where he picked up the sand and grass games. He has continued to play the game at multiple positions on grass, sand and in numerous indoor leagues and events.

Hannert was a co-head volleyball coach for the Montessori School of Raleigh in 2011 and served as an assistant for the Wakefield MS volleyball team from 2012-2014.

Hannert graduated from Rutgers with Bachelor of Fine Arts and currently works at OFM (Holly Springs). Geoff and his wife, Becky, live in Raleigh and have two children, Amelia and Sam.

Brian Harris

brian.harris@trianglevolleyball.org

Harris joined Triangle in 2013 and has an extensive sports background. He played tennis while at The Citadel and began their club volleyball team during his senior year. After college he played in numerous adult volleyball leagues.

Harris began his teaching career in Florida and moved to Raleigh in 2005. He is a 9th grade math teacher at Rolesville HS. He has coached high school sand volleyball, middle school volleyball, and softball. Harris loves the challenge that volleyball provides and, as an educator, loves the teaching and learning coaching requires.

At Triangle, Harris has been the head coach of for numerous years at the 14s and 15s age levels. In 2016 Harris led 14 Steel to a fifth-place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic. He served as a varsity high school coach at Rolesville High School and was named the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Wake Technical Communicty College in 2019. In his first season with the Eagles he guided the team to an impressive 20-5 record and a semifinal appearance in the NJCAA Region 10 tournament.

Harris and his wife, Stephanie have two daughters who both played volleyball.

Emma Harris

Harris joined the Triangle coaching staff in 2020 after playing her 13s, 14s and 15s club seasons at Triangle. She competed her final two club seasons at Raleigh Volleyball Club prior to coaching her final season with the RVC 13U team. At RVC she was initially staffed as an assistant coach before being promoted and finishing the season as the 13U head coach.

Harris graduated from high school in 2019 and matriculated to Florida Atlantic University, where she will attend remotely for her sophomore year while living in Raleigh. In addition to her extensive experience playing and coaching volleyball, Harris enjoys hiking, exploring museums, and painting.

Aaron Harrison

aaron.harrison@trianglevolleyball.org

Harrison is originally from Sharpsville, Indiana and moved to North Carolina from Florida where he previously coached for the nationally-recognized Orlando-Tampa Volleyball Academy [OTVA]. 

Harrison’s coaching career began at Asics Munciana Volleyball Club where he served as both a team coach and Recruiting Director for five years. While at Munciana he also was an assistant coach at Taylor University during the 2010 season helping the team earn a top 10 finish at the NAIA National Championship. Harrison also spent three years at Pinellas Heat (Florida) as the Advanced Development Coach while also leading their Recruiting Program.

Harrison graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in 2007 and went on to earn his Master’s in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State in 2008. He currently works at Cisco in RTP. Harrison and his wife, Hannah have two daughters, Emerson and Everly.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Led OTVA 18-1 teams for three seasons earning a T-9 finish in 18 Open at the 2018 USAV Jr. National Championships and a 17th place finish in 2019.
  • Named USAV Florida Region Outstanding Junior's Coach (17U-18U) in 2015.
  • Guided 27 athletes to Division I programs in the past 5 years, including Penn State, Nebraska and Kentucky.
  • Led Munciana 18 Skyhawks to a 3rd place finish at AAUs in 18 Club in 2011 and 2012.
  • Worked as an assistant coach at Taylor University (NAIA), where he helped the Trojans to a top 10 National Championship finish.

 

Emily Hendricks '12

emily.hendricks@trianglevolleyball.org

Hendricks, a Triangle alumna from the Class of 2012, joined the Triangle coaching staff in 2012 and has served as an assistant and head coach in the 11s, 12s, 13s, 15s, and 17s age groups. Most recently, she served as the head coach of 17 White for the 2020 seasons and 15 Blue for the 2019 season. In 2016 Hendricks helped to lead 17 White to a second-place finish in the American Division at the Big South Qualifier and a top 20 finish at AAU Junior Nationals. Hendricks also has served as the JV head coach and varsity assistant coach at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh and in 2017 served as the assistant coach of the Meredith College Avenging Angels. 

Hendricks graduated from Meredith College in May of 2016 earning a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in health and wellness. While at Meredith, Hendricks was a four-year starting outside hitter and earned USA South All-Conference Honors and USA South All-Academic Honors. During her senior season she was named co-captain and was recognized as Best Offensive Player while also earning the prestigious Dean Burris Award. 

During the 2016 club season Hendricks served as a PACT (Power, Agility, Core Training) coach assisting in strength, conditioning, and mobility program implementation at Triangle. She also served as the fitness coordinator for Meredith College volleyball during the 2015 season. Hendricks spent a few years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at numerous fitness facilities across the triangle. She now works full-time as a Client Success Manager at Relias, a healthcare solutions company in Cary, NC. 

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hendricks competed collegiately at Meredith College, where she was a four-year starting outside hitter and a co-captain as a senior.
  • Honored as a USA South All-Conference selection and USA South All-Academic Honors receipient as a senior.
  • Earned the Best Offensive Player award at Meredith and the prestigious Dean Burris Award in 2016.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hendricks led 2018 15 White to a T5 finish at the Capitol Hill Classic and a gold bracket finish at Big South Qualifier
  • Assisted 2016 17 White to a second-place finish in the American Division at Big South Qualifier and a top 20 finish at AAU Junior Nationals.
  • Served as an assistant coach at her collegiate alma mater for the Meredith College Avenging Angels.

 

Drew Hermanson

drew.hermanson@trianglevolleyball.org

Hermanson, originally from Ventura, California, played four years of high school volleyball. He attended UNC Chapel Hill, where he majored in history with a minor in geography, graduating in 2013. Hermanson continued to pursue his volleyball passion by playing for the UNC men's club volleyball team and helped them to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 NCVF National Tournament. As an avid beach player, Hermanson first got involved in coaching by working summer beach volleyball camps for the city of Ventura’s Recreation Department from 2009-2011. During his time at Triangle, Hermanson has worked with ages 14-18, assisting with 14 Blue in the 2013 and 2014 seasons and Head coaching 15 White in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 Hermanson was head coach of 16 White, which finished T-9 at AAU Junior Nationals, the highest finish for a White team in Triangle history. Most recently for the last two seasons, Hermanson served as the head coach for 17 Blue. His 2019 17 Blue team reached unprecedented heights with multiple T-5 finishes at qualifiers, a third place finish at JVA Summerfest, and 12th place at AAU Nationals. In 2020, he coached Triangle 18 Blue during the shortened club season.

In addition to his club coaching experience Hermanson spent 2013-2015 as a coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, helping the Crusaders win three consecutive state championships. In 2016 Hermanson earned a master's degree in teaching from NC State and is currently teaching American History and head coaching varsity volleyball at Broughton High School in Raleigh. He was named the CAP-7 Coach of the Year in 2019 and helped lead Broughton to the Final 4 of the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament in just his first year as the head coach.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hermanson guided 2020 18 Blue to a three top ten finishes at national tournaments, including a T9 finish at Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore.
  • Named the 2019 CAP-7 Coach of the Year and led Broughton to the Final 4 of the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament in just his first year as the head coach.
  • Led 2019 Triangle 17 Blue to multiple T-5 finishes at qualififers, a third place finish at JVA Summerfest and a 12th place finish at AAU Nationals.
  • Coached 2017 16 White to a T-9 finish at AAU Junior Nationals, the highest finish for a Triangle White-level team in the club's history.

Autumn Hines '20

autumn.hines@trianglevolleyball.org

Hines, a native of Apex, officially joins the Triangle coaching staff for the 2020 season after completing her prep playing career. She played club volleyball for 10 seasons, including her 15s-18s years at Triangle. As a member of 18 Blue, she helped the team to three top ten finishes at national tournaments, including a ninth-place finish at Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore. Her 17 Blue squad also finished in fifth-place at multiple qualifiers and made a semifinal run at the prestigious JVA Summerfest.

Hines’ coaching experience at Triangle began as a student-athlete, where she worked YVP camps & clinics and defensive camps as a student apprentice coach. She currently attends Central Carolina Community College and works as a nanny in the Apex/Cary area.

Jenna Hinton

jenna.hinton@trianglevolleyball.org

Senior Director

Hinton brings 20 years of teaching and coaching experience to Triangle at the middle and high school, club, and collegiate levels.

Hinton created, developed, and directs Triangle’s tremendously successful Youth Volleyball Program (YVP). Her club teams have earned regional championships in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011. They have qualified for USAV Junior Nationals in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (top 10 finish), and 2011. In 2008 15 Black became the first 15s team in the history of the Carolina Region to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals. In 2013 Hinton received the USA Volleyball Junior Club Director Award in recognition for her contributions to the growth and development of sitting volleyball in the Carolina Region. In addition to this honor, that same year she was a presenting speaker at the USA Paralympic Conference held annually at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2013 Hinton also collaborated with a local Paralympic sport club (Bridge II Sports) and the Duke University School of Engineering on a project that led to the design, development, and production of a sitting volleyball chair that enables people with physical disabilities to play the sport of sitting volleyball. Hinton is a 2008 recipient of the Robert L. Lindsey Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding contributions to North Carolina volleyball, and she was the inaugural recipient of Triangle's Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award, which is presented to the coach who best demonstrates exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of Triangle Volleyball Club. In 2018 Hinton was selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as the 12s Club Coach of the Year.

Hinton is a certified USAV CAP II level coach and served for many years as a IMPACT instructor for the region. Hinton also serves as the sitting volleyball coordinator for Triangle.

For the past 5 seasons, she has been at the helm of 12 Black while serving as the Master coach for the 12U program. The Triangle 12U program grew to over 70 athletes in 2018, forming 7 teams, the largest 12U group in Triangle history. In 2018, Hinton was the recipient of the American Volleyball Coach's Association 12U National Coach of the Year Award. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hinton serves as the Master coach for the 12U program at Triangle and was named the American Volleyball Coach's Association 12U National Coach of the Year in 2018.
  • Led her Triangle club teams to four [4] regional championships and six [6] USAV Junior National qualifications.
  • Guided her 2008 15 Black team to the first 15 Open bid in the history of the Carolina Region.
  • Earned the 2008 Robert L. Lindsey Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding contributions to North Carolina volleyball.

Kelly Hogan

kelly.hogan@trianglevolleyball.org

Originally from Chicago, Kelly Hogan brings a wealth of experience from both the college game and the elite club environment. Hogan most recently served two years as an Assistant Coach with Georgia Southern University where she primarily worked with setters and defensive specialists. Prior to her time at GSU, Hogan served as an assistant coach at UNC-Asheville and a volunteer assistant at the University of Tennessee where she gained considerable experience as a technician and recruiter.

Hogan played club at Sports Performance Volleyball Club [SPVB] (Aurora, IL) from 12s-18s and began her coaching career working full-time for SPVB. At SPVB she served as a team head coach and also worked in their College Prep, Scholastic Prep, Youth Academy and VolleyTots programs. She has also coached as both a master and team head coach at Xcel Volleyball Club in Hendersonville, NC during her time at UNC-Asheville.

As a Division I athlete, Hogan served as a two-year captain and outside hitter for University of Tennessee-Martin. While at UT-Martin Hogan was named to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Commissioner's Honor Roll as well as to the school's Dean's List. Hogan graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance.

Kelly and her fiancé Tyler are building their first home in the Four Oaks area and plan to get married in October, 2021. She is the adidas Volleyball Specialist at 431 Sports and is a Rodan + Fields consultant.

Tonya Holmes

tonya.holmes@trianglevolleyball.org

Holmes hails from south Florida where she was a multi-sport athlete in high school. Among her accolades she helped to lead her women's basketball team to a state title. Collegiately, Holmes played one year at Savannah State University before transferring to the University of Central Florida. At UCF Holmes played club volleyball and coached at Orlando Volleyball Association (formerly OVA).

Holmes graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and previously served as Varsity head coach and assistant Athletic Director at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh and Residential Director of Operations at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Holmes joined Triangle in 2011 and has served as an assistant coach at the 14s, 16s, 17s, and 18s age groups. Most recently, she helped to lead 18 Blue to qualify for USAV nationals in the 2018 season. 

Holmes currently lives in Raleigh and serves as an Assistant Athletic Director and assistant varsity volleyball coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Holmes assisted 2018 18 Blue to a third-place finish at the Northeast Qualifier to qualify in the USA Division.
  • Helped Cardinal Gibbons High School to the NCHSAA quarterfinals in 2019 as an assistant coach.
  • Coached 2014 Triangle 16 Blue to two top-five finishes at Big South Qualifier and Lone Star Classic. 
  • Served as the Varsity head coach and assistant Athletic Director at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh.

CJ Hunter

Assistant Director

cj.hunter@trianglevolleyball.org

Hunter joined Triangle's coaching staff in 2013 and has served as a resource, assistant and head coach at ages 13s-17s. In 2018 Hunter's role was expanded when he was hired as an Assistant Director; bringing a wealth of sport's administrative experience to Triangle's professional administrative team.

Hunter received a Master's degree in Sport Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill's Exercise and Sport Science department in 2015. While at UNC he worked in the Tar Heels’ Athletic Communications office, handling media relations and game day operations for the UNC Women's Volleyball team. In 2015, Hunter returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Duke, to serve as the Duke Women's Director of Volleyball Operations. In this role at Duke, Hunter handled numerous aspects related to sports administration including community event and game/tournament coordination, camp administration, department budget management, team travel, marketing and promotion.

Hunter was the 2016 recipient of Triangle's Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award, which is presented to the coach who best demonstrates exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of Triangle Volleyball Club. Prior to coaching at Triangle, Hunter coached at Surry Storm Volleyball Club in his hometown of Mount Airy for five years.

Hunter is also a graduate of Duke University, where he pursued his passions in education as well as volleyball, earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2013 and working closely with the Duke Women's Volleyball program as a student manager.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hunter led 2020 Triangle 15 Blue to two [2] regional event first place finishes and two [2] top 10 finishes at national events, including a T5 finish at the Capitol Hill Classic in 15 Open.
  • Guided 2019 17 White to a top 10 finish [T9 out of 87 teams] in the Gold Bracket at the Northeast Qualifier, and mentored six future NCAA athletes on the squad. 
  • Coached 2018 14 Blue to the championship match at both MAPL Hampton and MAPL Raleigh, winning the Gold Medal at MAPL Raleigh in the Red Division [13s-14s].
  • Led 2016 Triangle 16 Silver to a T3 finish at the Capitol Hill Classic in 16 Club
  • Worked four seasons on staff as the DOVO with Duke Volleyball, which included one trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

 

Julia Husk

julia.husk@trianglevolleyball.org

A North Carolina native from the Piedmont area, Julia has both high school, junior club (Brick City VBC), and collegiate club playing experience. An avid volleyball player (sand and indoor) and coach, Julia has coached junior girls’ volleyball for four club seasons including 14U and 16U teams at Carolina Spike Force. Most recently Julia head coached a 14U team at Twin City Volleyball Academy.

Julia recently graduated UNC-Greensboro after earning a BA in Psychology. Her move to the Raleigh area coincides with her pursuit of an MA in Counseling from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.