Coaching Staff

Michelle (Fadool) Panzl '10

Since joining the Triangle staff in 2011, Panzl has served as a student apprentice coach, assistant coach, and national team head coach in the 13s, 14s, 15s, and 17s age groups. As a head coach Panzl has had two appearances in National Qualifier Gold division finals with 17 White (2017) and 14 White (2014). Panzl is one of Triangle's PowerCore 360® certified instructors and along with Coach Robin Bugg leads development of our PowerCore curriculum.

Panzl also serves as the Injury Prevention Coordinator for Triangle Volleyball Club and is the liason with the PACT (Power Agility Core Training) program for strength and conditioning. She serves as the on-site licensed physical therapist associated with Trinity Wellness Center where she provides individualized and direct-access care to Triangle athletes and coaching staff, their family members, and any other personal referrals. As an FMS™ Level 1 Certified screener, Panzl organizes and oversees all annual FMS™ evaluations and initiatives. 

Panzl (Fadool) was a redshirt freshman at Wingate University prior to transferring to UNC for her sophomore year. Panzl played five years for Triangle as a middle blocker/opposite hitter and during her senior year she was a member of the 18 Black team that “double-qualified” for USAV Junior Nationals in the Open Division. Panzl also helped Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh earn two state championships in 2007 and 2009. She was a co-captain her senior year at Cardinal Gibbons and earned all-conference honors her junior and senior year. During her junior year Panzl was co-recipient of Triangle’s esteemed Board Award.

Panzl graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in August 2014 with a dual degree in exercise and sports science and psychology. In 2019, she graduated from Elon's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and is on staff at Trinity Wellness Center in Raleigh. She and her husband Joe and their dog Shadow live in North Raleigh.

Holly Paton

Paton joined Triangle in 2016 and is an avid indoor and outdoor player. She grew up playing volleyball alongside her two older sisters. She was an outside hitter at Sanderson High School in Raleigh and played club as well, including a year during Triangle's inaugural season in 2003. Paton was recruited to East Carolina University where she played her freshman year and graduated in 2013 with both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in recreational therapy.

Paton has coached a variety of age levels including two years at ECJVC while attending ECU and one year at NC Elite.

Paton is currently working as an outpatient mental health therapist for Hope Services.

Sarah Patterson

Patterson is originally from Roanoke, Virginia but relocated to the Tampa area in 2010. Patterson grew up around volleyball as her mom played in college at East Tennessee State and her dad was a coach. She began playing volleyball in 5th grade and played club at Tampa Bay Juniors and Tampa United. After the family returned to Roanoke her junior year, Patterson played for Roanoke United.

While attending Hidden Valley High School, Patterson was named a two-time Virginia All-State honoree. Patterson was recruited as a setter to James Madison University where she is ranked in the top five for career assists and assist average and in the top 10 for single season assists and assist average. As a senior Patterson was named All-CAA Second Team and was selected for the JUM Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete Award. Patterson graduated from JMU with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in elementary education. She moved to Raleigh in 2017 to teach 2nd grade at Horton’s Creek Elementary in Cary.

Patterson has considerable coaching experience including numerous summers at JMU volleyball camps and high school satellite camps. She has also coached at Hidden Valley High School and Roanoke College camps. While working on her master’s degree at JMU, Patterson served as an assistant coach for the 15-1 team at Roanoke United. Most recently, Patterson was the assistant coach for 15 Blue and is a lead for many setting camps. 

Robert Penland

Robert is originally from Greensboro where he was first introduced to sand volleyball while in high school. Throughout college he participated in both sand and indoor volleyball and continues to participate in both recreationally. He became interested in coaching when his daughter’s picked up the sport. He has actively coached at area clubs (Club Red, NC Elite, and CHAVC) since 2012 and is USAV CAP II certified. Most recently Robert head coached CHAVC 14 Purple. Throughout his coaching career, he has served as both a head and assistant club coach at age levels ranging from 14-17.

Robert graduated from NC State with degrees in Architectural Technology and Computer/Electrical Engineering. He works at Rendering House where he develops applications for Apple devices. He is also a free-lance website manager for a variety of clients. Robert and his wife Kym live in Cary and have two daughters, Ariel and Kaylie.


Samantha Perillo

Perillo is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and recently relocated to the RTP area. Perillo has been playing volleyball since she was five years old and has competed at the high school, club and Division III collegiate level. At Wilmington Friends High School she played varsity for four seasons for the Quakers under head coach Barbara Trinsey. Perillo was named Second Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior, and she helped the team earn the Barbara Vierra Sportsmanship Award all four years. She played club volleyball for Brandywine Volleyball Club and was recruited to Division III Stevenson University in Maryland. Perillo had a decorated career as a four-year starting libero at Stevenson, including being named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and the Middle Atlantic Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015. She was a 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and a three-time AVCA Division II Honorable Mention All-America honoree and a three-time All-Commonwealth Conference First Team selection.

After completing her indoor eligibility, Perillo spent two years competing on the Stevenson University’s Beach Volleyball varsity team, from 2016-2017, while completing graduate school.  She then moved into coaching, becoming the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach at Stevenson from 2017 until 2019. Perillo graduated from Stevenson in 2014 with a B.S. in Business Communications and completed her M.S. in Communications Sciences in 2017.

Dan Peters

Peters joined Triangle in 2017 following many years as a Triangle parent. He attended New Jersey Institute of Technology where he played as a middle blocker, starting at the position for three of his four years in the program. As a senior he led the team in hitting percentage and earned All-EIVA honors. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and went on to play both beach and indoor club volleyball after graduating. He currently works at Brady Services in Morrisville.

Peters has always enjoyed coaching volleyball and in addition to Triangle has for years volunteered as a coach in the Fuquay-Varina recreation leagues. Dan also volunteers time performing education outreach with the NC Fossil club, working with schools and other organizations to educate their members about paleontology in NC, where he has been collecting fossils for more than 20 years. Two of his finds reside at the NC Museum of Natural sciences and he has had more than 15 others published in various Paleontology journals. He lives in Fuquay Varina with his wife Donna and kids, Nolan and Julianne (also a coach at Triangle).

Julianne Peters

Peters hails from Fuquay-Varina and is a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School, where she lettered for four years in volleyball as a pin attacker. She was the recipient of the 2015 NCHSAA 4A Sportsmanship Award and won state championships all four years at Cardinal Gibbons. Peters also competed for seven years with Triangle and during that time she reached the finals match of 28 tournaments, including four national tournaments and six Carolina Region Championship tournaments. She was also a two-time All Carolina Region selection.

Peters continued her athletic career at the University of North Carolina, where she is in her third season on the Varsity Women's Rowing team. As a rower, Peters was in the stroke seat for the 3V8 who was named ACC Crew of the Week in the spring of 2018. She is also a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. In her spare time at UNC, she serves as a volunteer piano instructor for the UNC chapter of Musical Empowerment and a volunteer with the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center's Get Real and Heel program. She is working toward a double major in exercise & sport science and psychology, with a minor in biology.

Peters has been coaching at Triangle since her senior year of high school, working primarily with the 12u program and Triangle's camps and clinics programs. After graduation, she hopes to go to physical therapy school and her dream job is to be a physical therapist at a spinal cord rehabilitation center.

Reagan Petty

Petty is originally from Nashville where she played both prep and club volleyball beginning at a young age. She attended Centennial High School and won numerous accoldates, including two-time district all-tournament team and two-time first team all-state. She played for Alliance and helped her team win the 2011 Mideast Qualifier. Her club teams earned top 20 finishes at USAV Junior Nationals in three consecutive seasons, including a ninth-place finish in 2010. Petty was named to the Defensive Dandies list and began her collegiate career at University of Alabama before transferring to Wofford College, where she earned Academic All-Southern Conference Team honors and graduated with a degree in art history.

Petty began coaching while playing club at Alliance. She has coached the Alliance Fall League and assisted with a 12U team. In addition, she has summer camp coaching experience at both Alabama and Wofford. Petty is currently attending UNC Chapel Hill in pursuit of a master's degree in American Studies.

Jona Plevin

Plevin joins Triangle after moving to the triangle area from San Diego in August 2019. She played primarily as a middle blocker and right side attacker and won three (3) consecutive California State Championship titles with Francis Parker School. She served as captain her senior year and played club volleyball since being 13 years old at perennial SoCal powerhouse clubs Wave and Coast. Upon high school graduation she attend Carleton College (Division III) in Northfield, MN and played for four years, serving as team captain in 2018. While at Carleton Plevin served as a conference representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Plevin is an avid beach volleyball player on the recreationally scene and has also served as an ocean lifeguard in San Diego. Plevin graduated Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology and is currently working as a lab technician in the Immunology department at Duke University Medical Center.

Brian Poppe

Poppe is originally from Orlando, Florida and joined Triangle in 2011. Poppe has been the head coach of Triangle 18u Boys since its inception in 2013, and has served as a resource coach for other Triangle squads. Poppe's playing experience includes juniors in Tampa and with the University of South Florida (USF) club team. He also played in sand events throughout the state of Florida. Poppe earned a bachelor's degree in psychology while attending USF. He now works as an Intensive Family Preservation Specialist with Children's Home Society of NC. Poppe and his wife, Kisha, have two daughters, Leah and Brooke.

Nicole Powers

Powers recently relocated to the triangle area from California. Originally from Northern California, Powers played club at perennial powerhouse clubs such as Golden Bear and NorCal. In her seven seasons with NorCal she helped her team qualify for nationals five times. In 2012 she earned the club’s “NorCal Award” for competitiveness, sportsmanship and leadership and was named All-NorCal Player of the Year.

She played libero for three years at Amador Valley High School and was named All-EBAL Honorable Mention at the position twice. Her senior year she transferred to San Ramon Valley HS and became the team’s setter and collected nearly 1,000 assists that season.

Powers was recruited to St. Mary’s College where injuries sidelined her ability to contribute fully on the court. She graduated St. Mary’s in 2018 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Powers plans to apply to law schools in central NC in the near future.