Coaching Staff

Brieana (Brie) Saur

Saur was raised in the Charlotte area where she began playing volleyball in middle school. She played club at CUVC for three years and completed her club career at Carolina Juniors (CJV). Upon graduation from Weddington High School, Saur attended NC State and joined the NC State Women’s Club Volleyball team. She served as the club’s Vice-President, President, captain, and coach over her four-years and was an accomplished setter. She earned First-Team All-Tournament honors at Club Nationals her freshman season at NCSU and MVP at nationals her sophomore year.

Saur has also found time to enjoy coaching at the junior level, working at both Charlotte Country Day High School and CJV summer camps.

Saur is in the process of completing her degree in Biological Engineering at NC State and will graduate in May 2020. She is currently working as a student-intern at John R. McAdams Company in their Water Resources Department. She is continuing her playing career by participating on the NCSU Outdoor Club team in Fall 2019.

Jill Simpson

Simpson, originally from Colorado, brings considerable club coaching experience to Triangle. She played as a middle blocker in both club and high school at Overland High School. During her decorated prep career, Simpson was a four-year varsity letter winner and a three-time Colorado All-State and Centennial All-Conference selection. She led Overland to two Colorado 4A State titles and was named the KACT-TV Colorado Player of the Year in 1991. She competed collegiately at UNC Chapel Hill and was an impact player right away, earning the UNC Volleyball Rookie of the Year award and ACC All-Freshman team honors her first season. She is fourth all-time in the Tar Heel record books for solo blocks in a season with 103 in 1994.

Simpson began coaching during college at Carolina Volleyball Camps. In 2015, she joined the NC Elite Volleyball Club staff where she served as a head coach for four premier national teams ages 16s and 17s. Simpson’s teams have brought home the Atlantic Coach Power League championships in 16 and 17 Open, and she has qualified three years in a row for the USAV Girls Junior National Championships. She also has coached on the prep scene, first at Durham School of the Arts and now in her second season as the head coach at Millbrook High School. In her first season in 2018, she coached the Wildcats to the second round of the NCHSAA playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.

Katie Slay '10

Slay returned to Triangle in 2017 where she played club her sophomore through senior years. She was a member of the 18 Black team that "double-qualified" for USAV Junior Nationals in the Open Division by finishing second at the Mideast Qualifier and winning the championship at the Lone Star Classic. Slay was a four-year varsity letter winner and two-year captain at Wakefield High School in Raleigh where she was named Cap-7 All-Conference and Cap-7 Academic All-Conference three times. In 2009 she was named Cap-7 Conference and News & Observer Volleyball Player of the Year. She was also nationally recognized as a First Team AVCA/Under Armour award winner and High School All-American in 2010. Slay was selected to the USA Women's Junior National Team her sophomore and junior year and won the NORCECA Continental Championship U-20 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Slay was recruited to Penn State University where she and the Nittany Lions won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2010 and 2013. During Penn State’s national championship run her freshman year, Slay posted her career-best attack percentage of .700. As a sophomore Slay was named AVCA Second Team All-American, AVCA All-Mideast Region, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, and Academic All-Big Ten. Her dominance on the court continued her junior year when she was named AVCA Second Team All-American, Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-American, AVCA Mideast Region, All-Big Ten, and Academic All-Big Ten. Her senior year saw the Nittany Lions grab another national championship and Slay being selected as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. After graduating from Penn State in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, Slay played two years professionally on the international circuit; Dresdner Sports Club 1898 in Germany and Vannes Volleyball in France. Slay returned to the United States to pursue her education and dream of becoming a speech therapist. In May of 2018, she graduated from East Carolina University with a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. 

For the 2018 season, Slay assisted 13 Black and has served as a lead at summer camps and clinics. Slay currently lives in Raleigh. 

Kelsey Smith

Smith was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she attended Sullivan South High School. During her prep career, Smith was a key leader for the Rebels and helped them to the state tournament as a junior and senior while serving as a co-captain. She earned All Big 8 honors her last two seasons and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Smith also competed in club for Tri-Cities Extreme as an outside hitter and defensive specialist.

Following her prep career, Smith was a walk-on at Tennessee Tech as a defensive specialist before finishing her career at University of Virginia – Wise. During her time at UVA – Wise, Smith utilized her versatility for the Cavaliers as both a pin hitter and backrow player. As a senior in 2015, Smith played in every match and finished fourth in digs on the squad, helping the Cavaliers to their winningest season since 2007.  She also began coaching while in college, working at Tri-Cities Extreme coaching their 14s team.

After graduating from college, Smith has continued coaching and started her professional career as a teacher. After working in Virginia for two years, Smith made the move to Raleigh where she coached at Carroll Magnet Middle School. She now works at Broughton High School as the Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach and Special Education Teacher.

Danielle Stachura

Stachura is originially from Wisconsin, where she played as a setter for Coach Charlie Berg at Westosha Central High School. She played at the University of Mount Olive, appearing in 27 matches and posting a team-leading 351 assists as a freshman. Following her sophomore year, she transferred to Lincoln Memorial, where she competed on both the indoor and sand teams. In 2018, she won 7 matches at the No. 4 flight spot for the Lincoln Memorial beach team. She graduated from Lincoln Memorial with her Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

Stachura competed for Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club as a prep player, and returned to Wisconsin Juniors to run camps and clinics from 2012-2015. She also assisted in running the summer beach program for Sky High Volleyball Club in 2019.