Coaching Staff

Mary Wands

Wands joined Triangle in 2011 and has over a decade of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, club, and collegiate levels. She has multiple coaching certifications including USAV CAP I and II, USAV Beach, and Gold Medal Squared Level 1. Wands has served as the head coach of 15 White and now serves the club in a vital capacity as a mentor and lead coach in the 11s and 12s age groups, in addition to coaching her own team in this group. 

Wands served as the varsity head coach at Raleigh Charter High School from 2009-2012. In 2012 she led Raleigh Charter to become the 1A East regional champions and state championship runners-up. 

Since 2013 Wands has served as the program director for Cary Parks and Recreation youth volleyball, teaching skills classes, summer camps, and managing the league program.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Wands played collegiate volleyball at Genesee Community College. She is retired from US Airways and lives with her husband in Apex.

Michael Webster

Webster joined Triangle in 2015 with significant coaching experience at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. Webster and his family came to Raleigh from Atlanta, where he coached with A5 Volleyball Club and Mount Pisgah Christian School. At A5 he coached the 15-1 and 12-2 teams during his five years with the club.

At the collegiate level, Webster spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Conneticut, the University of Central Florida, and Ohio University. Webster served as the head coach for Georgia State from 2004-2009 helping his student-athletes to experience success both on and off the court. His work to improve his team resulted in six players receiving all-conference accolades, one taking home conference all-tournament honors and seven player of the week honors as well as 19 student-athletes earning conference all-academic honors a total of 33 times during his six seasons as head coach. 

In college, Webster was a four-year collegiate club player at the University of Maryland while studying psychology and sociology. He went on to earn a Master's degree in physical education athletic administration from Ohio University. Webster is USAV CAP I and II certified.  

Currently, Webster is the Head Coach at Apex High School and has spent the past three seasons at the helm of 14 Black. He lives in Apex with his wife and two sons. 


Emily Whitsett

Whitsett (formerly Regan) graduated in 2010 from Elon University with a bachelor's degree in English. Whitsett was a four-year letter winner as a setter at Elon and served as captain both her junior and senior year. She earned the coach’s award in 2010, Academic All-Southern Conference, and Athletic Director Honor Roll. Whitsett originally hails from Pittsburgh and played four years on the Pine-Richland High School varsity team. In 2005 she led her high school team as captain to a state championship and was named all-state as a senior. She played for both Renaissance Pittsburgh Volleyball Club and Pittsburgh Elite.

After graduation Whitsett was a teacher and volleyball head coach at Franklinton High School from 2010-2012. Whitsett then was a teacher at Apex High School and head coach of the varsity volleyball team from 2012-2016. She led the Apex program to two consecutive conference championships.

At Triangle, Whitsett has served as an assistant coach of 15 Black and 16 Black and head coach of 15 Black. In 2014 Whitsett led 16 Black, as the interim head coach, to a second-place finish in 16 Open at AAU Junior Nationals, the highest placing team in Triangle’s history at AAU Junior Nationals. In 2016 she coached 15 Black, which earned an at-large Open bid for USAV Junior Nationals and marked the second time a 15s team at Triangle qualifed in Open and the first time a Triangle team has earned an at-large bid. In 2017 she led 15 Black to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals after a second-place finish at the Northeast Qualifier and a fourth place finish at the Northern Lights Qualifier. 

Whitsett resides in Raleigh with her husband, Uel, and their daughters, Stella, Hattie and Evey.

Eric Wiles

Wiles joins Triangle Volleyball Club for the 2019-2020 season with a wealth of on court experience.  Growing up playing in the sand and on the hardwoods of Virginia Beach, Coach Wiles has surrounded himself with successful volleyball. 

During his club playing days as a member of Coastal Virginia VBC, his teams finished top fifteen in USAV Jr. Boys OPEN Nationals.  At 15, Wiles competed for the 2012 USAV OPEN National championship, just falling short in the final versus The Hermosa Beach Club. Wiles added to this second place Open finish with subsequent finishes of 4th, 5th, and 11th.

Wiles was recruited to play collegiate volleyball at NCAA DIII’s Marymount University (Arlington, VA).  He was a 4-year contributor to the men’s varsity program and a fixture as an undersized attacker representing the Saints.  Wiles earned all-tournament honors at the Kean Invitational and the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic at Springfield College. 

Wiles graduated from Marymount with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion.  Currently, he is employed as a personal trainer living in Raleigh.  He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying surfing, boating and fishing along with taking on new experience through leisure travel.

Nicole Willis

Willis is a Raleigh native and joins Triangle with considerable club and collegiate playing, as well as, coaching experience. Willis was an outstanding prep and club player, playing the majority of her club career at NC Elite. In 2009, Willis and her NC Elite team earned an 11th place finish in the American Division at USAV Junior Olympic National Championships. Willis played at Broughton High School where she helped her team win two CAP 7 conference championships and earned three CAP 7 All-Conference First-Team honors. Her senior year she was selected as Broughton’s Female Athlete of the Year, named to AVCA’s Under Armour High School All-America Second Team and was ranked 66th on’s Senior Aces list.

Willis was recruited as a right side hitter to LSU where she played for two years before transferring to East Carolina to finish her collegiate career. At LSU, Willis saw considerable action her sophomore year appearing in 29 matches with 18 starts. At ECU, Willis was a dominant right-side  and set the ECU single-match record with 32 kills versus Southern Miss her junior season. Despite being plagued with knee injuries, Willis earned All-Conference USA honors and was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) Second Team her senior year. Willis graduated ECU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Early Intervention.

Willis has considerable club coaching experience which began when she served as an apprentice coach at NC Elite during her prep playing years. She began club coaching at ECJVC while attending ECU and head coached their 12 Black team for three years. While pursuing her master’s degree in Elementary Education, Willis also gained valuable experience as a graduate assistant coach for the Pirates. After completing her masters, Willis returned to the Raleigh area to begin her teaching career while also pursuing her club coaching career by coaching top teams at NC Elite for 6 years at the 13-15’s age levels.

Willis is currently serving as the Head Varsity coach at Ravenscroft School where she works full-time as a third grade teacher.

Jeff Wismer

Assistant Director

Wismer has coached both junior girls’ and boys’ club volleyball and has, in total, over 22 years of coaching experience at the collegiate (D1, D3, NAIA), club, and scholastic prep levels. He also has extensive club management experience serving over 13 years in leadership positions at several nationally prominent junior clubs. Additionally, Wismer is well-respected as an innovative leader in the junior club volleyball community having served three years on the Junior Volleyball Association’s [JVA] Board of Directors and another three years as the Keystone Region’s [USAV] Coaches Representative.

Most recently, Wismer served as the Advancement Coordinator at East Coast Power where he led program development efforts designed to enhance player training and support the development of East Coast Power’s coaching staff. In this role he also worked to create and grow large tournament events.

Prior to East Coast Power Wismer spent eight years at Alliance Volleyball Club in Nashville. It was in 2013 that Wismer left collegiate coaching after concluding 12 years as a collegiate first assistant [Lipscomb, Belmont, Villanova, Taylor, Eastern Universities, and Gwynedd-Mercy and Messiah Colleges] to become the full-time Executive Director of Alliance. Wismer served in that role until 2018 when he returned to his roots in the Philadelphia area and joined East Coast Power. While at Alliance, Wismer, supervised their 12-court facility and managed a staff with more than 90 coaches. He simultaneously coached alongside his administrative duties and in 2018 led Alliance 18-1 to a USAV National Championship in the National division.

Wismer’s early coaching career kicked off while he was a special education teacher working with troubled teens in the Philadelphia area. During that time Wismer worked extensively to grow and develop the boys’ game both at the high school and junior club levels. He founded and led two boys’ junior club programs, Central Bucks Volleyball and Buxmont Volleyball Club. Under Wismer’s direction Buxmont 17s and 18s teams became one of the premier boys’ teams in the Philly area.

When Wismer decided to leave the teaching profession in 2008 to pursue coaching at the next level he joined the staff at Munciana, while also assisting at Taylor University [NAIA]. At Munciana he coached “Muncie’s” 17-1 team who achieved top 20 Open finishes at both AAU and JVA National Championships. Since that time Wismer has achieved Open level success on the court qualifying Open USAV nationals in 2012 with Alliance 16-1 and finishing 13th in the national championship. In 2016, his Alliance 15-1 finished T5 at AAU Jr. Nationals in 15 Open.

Wismer is USAV CAP I and Gold Medal Squared certified. He is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association [AVCA] and worked to help develop avcaVPI™ (Volleyball Performance Index) in 2014 and 2015. He graduated from Messiah College in 1997 having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education.

Wismer and his wife Andrea have a son Noah and plan to live in the Apex area. Andrea (Colbert) played field hockey at Messiah College.