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.

Steven Abbott

steven.abbott@trianglevolleyball.org

Abbott is a Raleigh native and a graduate of Sanderson High school. He attended Liberty University, where he was a member of the men's volleyball club from 2010-2014 as a DS/Libero. Before coming to Triangle, Abbott coached with Heart of Virginia volleyball club with the 15's national team as well as serving as the Varsity Head Coach of Trinity Academy in Raleigh for two years. During his time at Triangle he has served as an assistant and head coach with the 15s, 16s and 17s age group. Abbott has also worked as a resource coach for both the boys' and girls' club programs.

"I coach at Triangle because it's a place where I feel at home. The administration and other coaches care about people on a personal level and they are willing to do whatever they can to help you be successful. Triangle's mission of developing the whole person creates a gym full of athletes that are not just great volleyball players, but great people who are a pleasure to coach." 

Abbott currently resides in Raleigh where he works as a graphic designer.

Julie Allen

julie.allen@trianglevolleyball.org

Allen joined Triangle in 2009 and has served as both a head and assistant coach of teams in the 13s-15s age groups. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Allen played at the University of Rochester while earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. Allen moved to North Carolina in 2006 and currently works in Cary for Carolina Advanced Digital.

Scott Allen

scott.allen@trianglevolleyball.org

Allen joined Triangle in 2013 as a resource coach. An NC State grad, he hails originally from Charlotte and currently works in the UNC Healthcare IT department. Allen was a member of the fencing team while at NC State and also enjoys running and playing ultimate frisbee. Allen and his wife, Julie, live in Pittsboro.

Callie Andrejak

callie.andrejak@trianglevolleyball.org

Andrejak is originally from Florida where she was first introduced to volleyball in middle school. She played at Providence High School in Jacksonville, Florida and played club at Jacksonville Juniors. She attended Florida Atlantic University where she played on the travel club volleyball team all four years. She graduated from FAU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While in college Andrejak began her coaching career, first working as a middle school head coach at Atlantic Christian Academy. She has three years’ experience coaching club at Palm Beach Juniors and also served as an assistant varsity coach at Clewiston High School. Currently she is the head coach at East Cary Middle School where she is an eight grade English Language Arts teacher.

Brian Bacchi

brian.bacchi@trianglevolleyball.org

Bacchi joined the Triangle staff in 2013. White he has primarily served as ahead coach in the 14-16's age group, he has participated as a resource coach across all age groups in the club. During the 2017 season, as the head coach of 15 Steel, he led his team to the championship of the Club Division at Capitol Hill Classic. For his diligence and passionate approach to coaching, Bacchi was the recipient of the 2018 Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award. Most recently, he served as the Head Coach for 15 White.  Bacchi has also served as an assistant coach for the JV and Varsity teams at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh since 2017.

Originally from New York, Bacchi played Division III volleyball at Vassar College, seeing time both as a Middle Blocker and an Opposite. In 2008, his team finished as runner-up in the Molten Division III Championship. He relocated to North Carolina to complete his Master's Degree at UNC Chapel Hill and he currently resides in Durham with his wife, Amanda, and works as a speech-language pathologist at Duke Hospital. 

 

 

 

 

Enid Badillo

enid.badillo@trianglevolleyball.org

Badillo joined Triangle in 2012 with a wealth of volleyball coaching experience at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. Badillo hails from Puerto Rico where she first developed her interest in volleyball playing on both her middle and high school teams. Since she moved to the United States, Badillo has served as an assistant coach at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon, head coach at Raleigh Charter High School, assistant coach at Peace College, and JV head coach and varsity assistant coach at Broughton High School; she also has worked as a club coach in the area since 1992. At Triangle Badillo has served as assistant coach of 13 Black and 14 Black and head coach of 14 Blue. Badillo lives in Clayton with her daughter, Maya.

Logan Barber

logan.barber@trianglevolleyball.org

Assistant Director

Barber joined Triangle in 2006 and has coached in the 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, and 18s age groups. Highlights of his previous seasons include multiple trips to USAV Junior Nationals, a Carolina Region championship, five gold finishes at national qualifiers (including 16 Blue's top five finish at the Big South Qualifier and Lone Star Classic in 2014), and three second-place finishes at MAPL events. In addition to team coaching, Barber leads many camps and clinics at Triangle and at various colleges and universities. Barber also is the head coach for Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and led the Crusaders to state championships in 3A in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and in 4A in 2015. In 2012 Barber received 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.

Barber’s contributions have been instrumental to the success of some large projects at Triangle, including MAPL Raleigh, City of Oaks, Score the Floor, and the 2013 gym expansion. Originally from Greensboro, Barber has lived in Raleigh since he attended NC State where he graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He also played for the NC State men's club team. He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife, Logan, and his twin boys Isaac and Beckett. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Named a 2019 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach National Award Winner
  • Barber led 2018 Triangle 18 Blue to a third-place finish at the Northeast Qualifier to qualify in the USA Division
  • Guided Cardinal Gibbons High School to six [6] NCHSAA State Championships since 2010
  • Coached 2014 Triangle 16 Blue to top-five finishes at Big South Qualifier and Lone Star Classic

Jessi Bartholomew

jessi.bartholomew@trianglevolleyball.org

Bartholomew, an Atlanta-area native, was an outside hitter for the Duke Women's Volleyball team. Bartholomew was a senior captain for the Blue Devils and a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. Bartholomew played high school volleyball at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia for coach Amber McClure, where she was named an Under Armour High School All-America selection and the Georgia 6A State Player of the Year.

Bartholomew first gained coaching experience while at Duke working Blue Devil summer camps. She has also coached at the club level on college breaks as a alumni coach at camps and clinics at A5 and A5 South (her prior clubs). In 2020, Bartholomew served as an assistant coach on Triangle 17 White.

Bartholomew graduated Duke in 2019 with a BA in Psychology. She currently resides in Durham, where she enjoys traveling and cooking in her spare time.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Bartholomew competed at ACC powerhouse Duke University, where she was an outside/rightside hitter for the Blue Devils. She served as a senior captain and was a four-time ACC-Academic Honor Roll honoree. She was named the Duke Student-Athlete of the Week on Nov. 11, 2017 after putting down 25 kills to lead Duke to a 2-0 weekend.
  • Played club volleyball at A5 and A5 South, where she helped her club team an Open bid and a top 15 finish at USAV Junior Nationals her senior year of club.
  • Named the Georgia 6A State Player of the Year as a senior at East Coweta High School. She was also an Under Armour High School All-America selection and participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Match on the East squad.

 

Ally Beckman '15

ally.beckman@trianglevolleyball.org

Beckman returns home to Triangle where she played club for the 2012-2015 club seasons and was also a standout setter at Apex High School. During her club career, Beckman set 18 Black to an Open bid to USAV Nationals in 2015 after a top finish at the Big South Qualifer. At Apex she played varsity for four-years, leading the team to conference titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She earned Second Team Under Armour All American honors and was selected to The News and Observer’s All-Metro team in 2013.

At College of Charleston [CofC] Ally was an immediate contributor and is among a short list of CofC freshman to eclipse 1,000 assists in a single season. She earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Rookie Team and All-CAA Third team honors both her freshman and sophomore years. Her junior year she earned AVCA All-East Region Honorable Mention and was named CAA Setter of the Year and All-CAA First Team honors. Her senior year play led her to being ranked third in the nation in total assists as she surpassed the 5,000-assist career mark and earned All-CAA Second Team honors.

Beckman is an equally capable sand player having qualified twice for USA Beach National Tour and being named Carolina Region Junior Beach Volleyball U16 Player of the Year in 2012. At College of Charleston Beckman excelled in the beach for all four seasons. She is tied for second in all-time career wins and earned AVCA Top Flight recognition at four’s her senior year. She finished her career with the fifth best career winning percentage (0.629).

Beckman graduated CofC in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and is planning to attend PA school in the future. Since returning to Triangle as a member of the coaching staff, she has been the 16 Black assistant and led high level setter training and clinics.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Beckman competed collegiately at Division I College of Charleston, where she was a four-year starter at the setter position and earned All-CAA honors all four seasons. She surpassed the 5,000 career assist mark and finished her senior season ranked third [3rd] in the nation in total assists.
  • Excelled on the beach at CofC as well, where she is tied for second all-time in career wins and earned AVCA Top Flight recognition her senior year.
  • Played at Triangle from 2012-2015 and led 2015 18 Black to a third-place finish at the Big South Qualifier and an Open bid to USAV Nationals.
  • Started for four seasons at Apex High School, and led the Cougars to conference titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was named a Second Team Under Armour All-America selection and was selected to The News and Observer's All-Metro team in 2013.

 

 

Meredith Blum

meredith.blum@trianglevolleyball.org

Blum, originally from the Raleigh area, is a graduate of Green Hope High School where she was a member of the volleyball team. Upon graduation, she attended NC State University. At NCSU, Blum was a member of the Rowing team for three years and knotched a top 10 ranking at collegiate nationals in all three seasons. After transferring, she graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness. Blum has served as head coach for The Montessori School of Raleigh and Millbrook High School in addition to her roles at Triangle. 

Though Blum has served in many facets at Triangle, she has a true passion for service, and in 2018 was honored with the Mary Beth Finegan Service Award for her volunteer work with the Veteran sitting volleyball team and Gigi's Playhouse. In her time at Triangle, she has worked several teams, but the majority of her time has been spent with the 13's and 14's age groups in both Head and Assistant roles. Most recently, Blum served as Head Coach for both 12 Steel (a first year team) and 14U Boys. She also serves as a lead clinician for many camps and clinics and works closely with the Town of Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Dept to help facilitate their summer volleyball league. Blum currently lives in Raleigh with her husband Greg and her daughters Adalynn and Emery. 

 

 

Sarah Brandon

sarah.brandon@trianglevolleyball.org

Brandon, originally from Roxboro, joined Triangle in 2014. She attended and played volleyball at Meredith College majoring in exercise and sports science. She has served as an assistant coach of 12 Silver and 13 Silver. Brandon played at Person High School where she earned all-conference honors as a senior, and for Jammers Volleyball Club. Her coaching experience includes the NC Elite Locals Only program during 2013-2014 and the Person County Recreation Volleyball program in 2012.

Jaclyn Brewington '15

jaclyn.brewington@trianglevolleyball.org

Brewington is a Triangle alum and was a member of Triangle 18 Blue who double-qualified in 2015 by finishing 3rd in the USA division at Big South and winning the Disney Volleyball Showcase (USA division). At the USAV Junior National Championships 18 Blue went 7-3 finishing 13th place overall in the USA division. Their finish was the highest of any second level team in the USA field.

In high school Brewington played varsity all four years at Holly Springs High School earning First Team All-Conference Honors her junior and senior seasons.

Brewington was recruited as a setter to Presbyterian College [SC] where she played all four years. Despite being sidelined twice with ACL injuries requiring surgery she amassed 1198 career assists which ranks fifth in the Blue Hose record book. Brewington graduated Presbyterian College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration.

Brewington lives in Holly Springs and works for Primoris Services Corporation while also working part-time for Ocean & Company as their head of Customer Service.

Robin Bugg

robin.bugg@trianglevolleyball.org

Hailing from Texas, Bugg brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Triangle. As a middle blocker and three-time captain at the University of Tennessee (1980-1983), Bugg led her team to two SEC championships and three top 10 finishes in the NCAA tournament. The three-time All-SEC selection still holds several records at her alma mater, including career aces, career blocks and most blocks in a match. Bugg was inducted into Tennessee's Lady Vol Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. 

From 1992-2000 Bugg served as co-director and head coach of the North Dallas Juniors Volleyball Association. During her time with North Dallas she helped over 80 student-athletes earn athletic scholarships and won several North Texas Region and Tour of Texas championships. Bugg has made 18 trips to USAV nationals as a coach. 

She has over 30 years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, club, and collegiate levels. She has served as head coach of high school programs in Texas, Utah, and West Virginia, and has 22 years of club coaching experience. In 2014 Bugg was named USA Volleyball Outstanding Female Coach. Bugg has served as the head coach of 18 Black, 17 Black, and 15 Black. Her 2010 18 Black team became the first team from North Carolina to “double-qualify” in 18 Open at USAV Junior Nationals; she led them to victory at the Lone Star Classic and a T-15 finish at Junior Nationals. In 2011 she led 18 Black to a third-place finish at the Big South Qualifier, qualifying in Open for the second consecutive year. In 2011, 18 Black finished 13th at USAV Junior Nationals – the highest finish in the Open Division of any North Carolina team in history. In 2012 Bugg led 17 Black to qualify in Open at the Lone Star Classic by placing third in the tournament. This was the first ever Open bid at the 17s age group in Triangle history. Bugg has mentored hundreds of Division I athletes, including 7 All-Americans.

Bugg leads the development and delivery of Triangle's PowerCore 360® programs.

 

 

John Chang

john.chang@trianglevolleyball.org

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

chad.christensen@trianglevolleyball.org

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. He has also been a vital part of Triangle's growing boys program, where he worked as a resource coach and assistant for the 14u Boys and 16u Boys. 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. 

Fiona (Cunningham) Collichio

fiona.cunningham@trianglevolleyball.org

Originally from Chapel Hill, Cunningham played high school volleyball at Chapel Hill High. She earned All-Conference honors and received the school’s Tiger award. She played club throughout high school including two years at Triangle Volleyball Club. Cunningham was recruited to Wofford College and ultimately transferred to UNC-Asheville. For two seasons she made multiple appearances for the Bulldogs in the setter position until she was sidelined with an injury.

Cunningham has continued to learn the game; first as a manager at UNC-Asheville and as a head coach at Biltmore Volleyball Academy. She has also served two years as a middle school head coach and coached one year at Cape Fear Volleyball Club.

Cunningham graduated UNC-Asheville with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Promotion. She joined Teach For America and completed a 2-year commitment through Americorp to teach in an underserved region of NC. Cunningham and her husband, Dominic have recently relocated back to the Chapel Hill area and working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at UNC hospital in pediatric pulmonology.

Paige Cox

paige.cox@trianglevolleyball.org

Cox is originally from Roxboro, NC and was a member of the Person High School team who won back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007. She spent her club career at NC Challengers, which later became NC Elite. She has playing experience both as a DS/Libero and setter.

Cox attended UNC Wilmington and graduated in 2012 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Health and Physical Education. After graduation Cox returned to her high school alma mater to teach and head coach the Person HS JV volleyball team. Cox also joined the staff of NC Elite in 2012 and has served as an assistant coach at the 16s and 17s age levels and also as a head coach at the 15s age level.

Ashleigh Crutcher '11

ashleigh.crutcher@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

Abigail (Abby) Dawson

abby.dawson@trianglevolleyball.org

Dawson joins Triangle with considerable years of both playing and coaching experience. She played for Notre Dame Academy during her sophomore and junior year before transferring to Paul VI Catholic High School where she played senior year. Dawson played for Northern Virginia Volleyball Academy (NVVA) throughout middle and high school. She attended college at the Virginia Military Institute where she created the Women’s Club Volleyball program. She graduated VMI in 2014 with a BS in Biology.

Dawson has both head and assistant coaching experience at the club level working with athletes 13-16s at Charlottesville Area Volleyball Club (CAV). She served as an Assistant Club Director for the 2018/2018 club season. Dawson has also served as a middle school, high school JV assistant and varsity head coach.

Dawson currently works at IQVIA as an Operations Specialist.

Latacha De Oliveira

latacha.deoliveira@trianglevolleyball.org

De Oliveira joins Triangle with over twenty-five years of volleyball coaching and playing experience. Originally from Utah, De Oliveira was a three-sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned All-Conference and All-State team selections in all three sports each year of her high school career. Volleyball quickly became her passion which she has turned into a successful coaching career at both the club and high school levels, as well as in the beach game.

De Oliveira previously coached for five years at NC Volleyball Academy; most recently as the head coach of 13 Diamond. In the 2019 club season, De Oliveira led 13 Diamond to qualify ‘at-large’ in the 13 USA division after earning a fourth place finish at the Sunshine Volleyball Classic in Orlando. That same season at the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championships in Indianapolis, De Oliveira’s 13s team earned an impressive third place finish (13 USA division). Additionally, De Oliveira has been a key contributor to NC Academy’s middle school and youth development programs.

De Oliveira also serves as the varsity assistant coach at Durham Academy where she helped the team earn a final four appearance in 2018 and land in the state championship finals in 2019. De Oliveira’s coaching passion extends to the beach game where she serves as a year-round beach coach at Sinjin Beach-Raleigh. She is also involved in coaching p1440 elite junior beach athletes under the direction of Kerri Walsh.

De Oliveira and her husband, Adam, live in Cary with their five children, Miranda, Nicole, Junior, Josh and Jacob.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • De Oliveira coached for five years at NC Volleyball Academy, where she guided 13 Diamond to qualify 'at-large' in the 13 USA Division.
  • Guided 13 Diamond to a fourth place finish at the Sunshine Volleyball Classic in Orlando and a third place finish in 13 USA at the USAV Girls' Junior National Championships in 2019.
  • Assisted Durham Academy's Varsity volleyball team to a final four appearance in 2018 and a state championship appearance in 2019, two of the most successful seasons in the program's history.

 

Malcolm Deans

malcolm.deans@trianglevolleyball.org

Deans joined Triangle in 2013. He is currently a Spanish teacher, varsity volleyball coach, and assistant athletic director at Wake Christian Academy. His volleyball team won the TISAC conference in 2014. Deans has over 22 years of high school coaching experience. He previously coached at Wilson Christian Academy, leading the volleyball team to nine NCCSA state championships. Deans was also named Wilson County Coach of the Decade in 2010. 

Deans and his wife, Pamela, live in Fuquay-Varina with their daughter. He enjoys doing mission work in Latin American countries and spending time with his family.

Kendall Douglas

kendall.douglas@trianglevolleyball.org

Douglas joined the Triangle staff in 2017. Originally hailing from Greenville, NC, Douglas currently lives in Durham and works for Fonville Morisey Realty as a REALTOR®. Douglas graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology. During her time as a Tar Heel she the manager for the women's volleyball team for 3 seasons and she continues to work as the libero tracker Douglas was introduced to volleyball in third grade by her older sister, Caroline (Triangle Class of 2011). She attended J.H. Rose High School and was a four year Varsity letter winner. Douglas played eight club seasons for ECJVC. Along with her considerable club playing experience, Douglas has coaching experience as an assistant coach at ECJVC, as a head coach at NC Elite, and has been coaching at Triangle since 2017.

Bridget Dunnivan

Bridget.Dunnivan@trianglevolleyball.org

Bridget is originally from the Philippines where her interest in volleyball began at a young age. Since moving to the United States in 1994 she has continue playing the sport both indoors and sand. Most recently her interests have focused on the outdoor game where she remains an avid beach volleyball player.

In addition to working full time at IBM as a Project Executive, Bridget is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. Bridget has a business degree from the Philippine School of Business Administration. Bridget and her husband Rick live in Durham and have a, son Brent and one step-daughter Katie.

Kaelyn Dyson

kaelyn.dyson@trianglevolleyball.org

Dyson is returning to the triangle area where she grew up in Holly Springs. She played volleyball beginning in middle school and was a three-year letter winner at Holly Springs High School. She earned All-Conference First Team honors in 2013 and was also name the Most Outstanding Player. Dyson also played club volleyball at Club Red. Dyson was recruited as a middle blocker to Gardner-Webb University where she played all four years. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Dyson gained coaching experience while at Gardner-Webb working in summer camps and clinics.

Dyson lives in Morrisville and currently is employed by Verizon Business.

Michael Frank

michael.frank@trianglevolleyball.org

Frank joined Triangle in 2012 after relocating from Boston, and brings a wealth of positional expertise and experience to the gym. Frank has played and coached volleyball since high school where he was a three-year varsity member and all-conference selection, going on to play at Northeastern University and earning all-conference honors before graduating in 2002 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Frank's extensive coaching experience includes 15 years coaching boys' and girls' high school and club. In Massachusetts for the Beantown boys club, Frank's teams qualified in Open for USAV Junior Nationals at both 16s and 17s (the first team from New England ever to qualify for boys or girls in Open), finishing in the top 25 each time. He also guided his girls team at SMASH Volleyball to USAV Junior Nationals in 2011 as well. As head coach at Brookline High School, Frank's teams earned multiple league and district championships, and he was named 2011 D1 girls coach of the year.

At Triangle, Frank has served as a resource coach, positional training coach for middle blockers, head coach of 14 AAU and 16 White, and assistant coach of 18 Black. Frank works as the Director of Audio Visual at Collaborative Technology Solutions, LLC. He and his wife, Melanie, have two boys, Asher and Gavin.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Frank served two seasons as the Triangle 18 Black Assistant Coach [2016 and 2017], where he mentored middle blockers that went on to play at Wake Forest, US Air Force Academy, James Madison and Liberty.
  • Led 2016 Triangle 16 White to the Capitol Hill Classic Championship [1st out of 119 teams].
  • Coached Beantown boys club to 2 USAV Open qualifications at the 16s and 17s age groups [the first teams from New England to qualify for boys or girls USAV Championships in Open).
  • Named the 2011 D1 high school girls coach of the year while at Brookline High School, where the program won multiple league and district championships.

Jim Freeman

jim.freeman@trianglevolleyball.org

Freeman, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University before moving to the Raleigh area. Freeman served as head volleyball coach and assistant director of athletics at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh from 1991-2010. During his 19 years at the helm of the Crusaders, Freeman led Cardinal Gibbons to 10 state championships and 12 conference titles. His career record at Cardinal Gibbons stands at 426-117 (.785), a mark that also includes 12 consecutive appearances in the state championship. Most recently, Freeman spent five seasons as the varsity head coach at Broughton High School where he lead the Capitals to three consecutive conference championships. Throughout his career Freeman has coached over 30 NCAA Division I athletes, including several NCAA national champions and multiple NCAA All-Americans.  

Freeman began his tenure with Triangle volleyball club in 2004 and has coached teams in the 13s, 14s, 17s, and 18s age groups. In 2015, he led 18 Blue to it's first double qualification season winning the Disney Qualifier and finished 3rd at Big South. The following season, 18 Blue repeated the feat, winning Beast of the Southeast and finishing runner up at NEQ. Freeman helmed 18 Black for three seasons, where he coached two youth National team participants, and notched an open level qualification in the 2019 season. 

Most recently, Freeman served as the head coach of 17 Blue and worked from 2019-2020 at Duke University as the Director of Volleyball Operations. Freeman previously worked with the Blue Devils during their 2010 season as a volunteer coach. During that season, he assisted with the analysis of team and opponents and helped the the Blue Devils to an ACC Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Freeman led 2019 Triangle 18 Black to an Open bid at the Northeast Qualifier and mentored ten future Division I athletes on the squad.
  • Coached 18 Black for three seasons, where he coached 30 future Division I athletes, including two USA Youth National Team Participants.
  • Earned five bids to USA Nationals since 2015, including winning the Disney Qualifier in 2015 with 18 Blue.
  • Guided 18 Blue to back-to-back double-qualification seasons in 2015 and 2016.
  • Worked at Duke University as a volunteer assistant in 2010, when he helped the Blue Devils to an ACC Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Served as the high school coach at Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, where he won 10 state championships and 12 conference titles.

Pam French

pam.french@trianglevolleyball.org

French began coaching as a parent volunteer in Triangle’s Youth Volleyball Program in September 2015. Since that time she has worked countless hours in Triangle’s youth programs including Triangle Junior League. French has coached in youth summer leagues and is an avid player both indoor and on the beach. French played competitively throughout high school and two years of club volleyball while attending the University of Minnesota.

French works as a veterinary technician at Leesville Animal Hospital and has two children, Luke and Mya.

Tammi Fries

tammi.fries@trianglevolleyball.org

Fries (pronounced freeze) is a North Carolina native originally from Winnabow and has extensive collegiate and club playing and coaching experience. As an opposite hitter and occasional lefty middle blocker, she was a four-year letter winner for Campbell's Fighting Camels and was voted MVP in 2002. Fries served as team co-captain in 2003 and earned academic all-conference honors all four years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

Upon graduation Fries went to University of Florida where she earned a master's degree in sport management while also teaching volleyball physical education classes to undergraduate students. While in Gainesville she coached both club (Gainesville Juniors) and high school (Buchholz HS) volleyball and also served as an operations intern for the Florida Gators women's volleyball team in Spring 2006.

Fries began her collegiate coaching career at East Tennessee State (ETSU) serving as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. In 2010, Fries was instrumental in the Buccaneers 26-9 season which landed them in the A-Sun Conference tournament championship.

From ETSU Fries went to Southern Illinois (Carbondale) where she served one year as an assistant coach before returning to North Carolina to serve as the assistant coach at Queen's University of Charlotte. During her tenure at Queen's she coached Triangle alum Elizabeth Bialkowski '12 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2013. In 2013 Fries received AVCA's prestigious "Thirty under 30" award recognizing up and coming coaching talent at all levels in the sport. Fries served terms on AVCA's Assistant Coaches Committee and Division II subcommittee and was a member of the JVA subcommittee.

Fries returned to her alma mater in 2015 and currently serves as Campbell's Director of Annual Giving in the Institutional Advancement department. She and her husband Jared, live in Coats, NC with their two daughters Layla and Abigail.
 

Greg Gasper

greg.gasper@trianglevolleyball.org

Gasper formally joined Triangle’s staff in 2014 after coaching YVP and other Triangle programs for many years. Gasper has coached junior girls for over 18 years and is CAP I certified. Gasper was an avid USA Volleyball men’s team player after college and continued playing in the Carolina Region. Gasper is currently the middle school coach at St. Raphael where he has been coaching for 13 years. Gasper's prior club coaching experience includes many years at CCVC and TCA. Gasper works at IBM as a software engineer. He and his wife, Theresa, and their three children (Meghan, Sarah, and Sam) live in Raleigh.

Brooks Gillerlain

brooks.gillerlain@trianglevolleyball.org

Gillerlain joins Triangle in 2019 after a standout career at Randolph College as their starting setter. She was named the Randolph College Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year in 2015, and the Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. She finished her career with 2,454 assists to stand third in the career record books, while her 874 career digs rank 10th in school history. While at Randolph College, she was a volunteer coach at Randolph College Summer Volleyball Camps and Clinics and at the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Summer Camps and Clinics. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise and Sport Studies with a minor in Business.

Gillerlain was first introduced to volleyball at 12 years old, where she fell in love with it at intramurals. She posted a distinguished prep career at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, where she was a two-year starting setter. She helped lead her team to two conference championships (2013 and 2014) and two state championships (2013 and 2014). She was named the Duke Automotive Fall Female Player of the Year as a senior, and was named First-Team All-State as a junior and senior.

After she graduated from college, Gillerlain coached for two years at Heart of Virginia Volleyball Club for their 15 Regional and 17 Regional team. Gillerlain is now enrolled at UNC in the Master of Public Health program to become a Registered Dietician. She aspires to become a Sports Dietician at the collegiate or professional level.

 

Alston Godbold '11

alston.godbold@trianglevolleyball.org

Godbold (formerly Kearns), hails from the Raleigh area and is a graduate of Apex high school where she was a standout athlete and varsity letterwinner. In 2010 she captained Apex High School to a 27-0 season, 4A state championship, and a No. 9 ESPN National Ranking. She was named AVCA Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention and prepvolleyball.com All-American as a senior. After graduating, Godbold went on to compete as libero/defensive specialist at NC State. She earned a bevvy of all-tournament awards throughout her four years with the Wolfpack and finished her career at NC State in the top five for all-time digs. Godbold was featured on ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 Plays of the Day in 2013 for a defensive save play where she kicked the ball backward from an endzone to recover an errant pass. 

Godbold played libero for five years at Triangle including two years on Triangle 18 Black (2010 and 2011). In 2010 Godbold helped 18 Black earn two consecutive Open bids to USAV Junior Nationals, including a double qualification in 2010 when the team finished second at the Mideast Qualifier and won the championship at the Lone Star Classic. In 2011 she led 18 Black to a third-place finish at the Big South Qualifier, qualifying in Open for the second consecutive year. In 2011, 18 Black finished 13th at USAV Junior Nationals – the highest finish in the Open Division of any North Carolina team in history. 

Godbold served as a student apprentice coach during her time at Triangle and officially joined the staff in 2010. She has been an assistant coach of 14 Black, 15 Black, and 16 Black. In 2014 she helped lead 16 Black to the 16 Open championship match at AAU Junior Nationals. This was Triangle’s first appearance in an open division national championship match along with Triangle’s highest finish at AAU Junior Nationals. Additionally, Godbold served as an assistant coach in 2016 with 15 Black, who received Triangle's first ever at-large bid in the Open Division at USAV Junior Nationals. She also helped 15 Black to earn an Open Bid at Northeast Qualifier in 2017. Most recently, Godbold was the head coach for 16 Blue and she is also currently coaches at Green Level High School, serving as the first Varsity Head Coach in the brand-new school's history.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Godbold competed collegiately at NC State [Division I, ACC] where she finished in the top five for career digs [1,513].
  • Earned four [4] all-tournament team honors during her collegiate career and was featured on ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 Plays of the Day in 2013
  • Competed for five years at Triangle, including two years on Triangle 18 Black [2010 and 2011], where she led her team to a double-qualification in Open 2010 and an Open Bid at Big South in 2011.
  • Captained her Apex High School team to a 27-0 season, 4A state championship and a No. 9 ESPN National ranking in 2010.
  • Named an AVCA Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention selection and PrepVolleyball.com All-America honoree as a high school senior.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Named the first ever Varsity Head Coach at Green Level High School in Cary, NC, and guided the Gators to seven wins in their first season with only freshman and sophomores.
  • Assisted 15 Black to back-to-back Open bids in 2016 and 2017 - an at-large Open bid to USAV Junior Nationals [Triangle's first ever at-large bid in the Open Division] in 2016; and an Open Bid at Northeast Qualifier in 2017.
  • Helped lead 2014 16 Black to the 16 Open championship match at AAU Junior Nationals, Triangle's first appearance in an open division national championship match and Triangle's highest finish at AAU Junior Nationals.

Barry Gower

barry.gower@trianglevolleyball.org

Gower joined Triangle in 2013 and has served as an assistant coach, most recently of 14 Silver. Previously Gower served as head coach at Haviland Middle School in New York for three years and as a resource coach at Apex Volleyball Club in Poughkeepsie, New York, for one year. Growing up in Michigan, Gower graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in computer science. Gower works for IBM and resides in Holly Springs with his wife, Nikki, and two children, Riley and Liam.

Kristina Graven

kristina.graven@trianglevolleyball.org

Graven originally hails from San Jose, California, and moved to North Carolina for the master of occupational therapy graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill. She brings extensive high-level experience as a player and coach, especially at the outside hitter position where she excelled in prep and collegiate play. Graven played for Vision Volleyball Club and helped her team earn a bronze medal at USAV Junior Nationals her junior and senior year. She then began her collegiate career at Cal Poly before transferring to Saint Mary's College of California for her junior and senior year. While at Saint Mary's she earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors, Saint Mary's Senior Scholar Athlete Award, and first team all-conference. Upon graduation Graven played at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, on their university and semi-professional team.  

Graven's coaching experience includes numerous camps and clinics at Cal Poly, Saint Mary's, and Archbishop Mitty High School (her alma mater). She also served as the assistant coach of the boys 14-1 team at Bay to Bay Volleyball Club during the 2013 season. During her time at Triangle, she has served as both a head and assistant coach for 13s, 15s, 16s and 18s teams.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Graven earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors at Saint Mary's her senior season
  • Named the Saint Mary's Senior Scholar Athlete Award recipient and a first team all-conference selection at Saint Mary's
  • Competed at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England on their university and semi-professional team following her NCAA career
  • Guided her Vision Volleyball Club team to a bronze medal at USAV Junior Nationals her junior and senior year of high school

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Graven served as the 2018 Triangle 18 Black assistant coach, and helped guide them to four [4] top 10 finishes at national tournaments
  • Mentored two USA Junior National team members and future NCAA Division I outside hitters on Triangle 18 Black in 2018 - Ade Owokoniran, [Duke] and Destiny Cox, [UNC]
  • Helped 2019 Triangle 15 Black to a 7th place finish in 15 Open at the Northeast Qualifier

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corey Johnson

corey.johnson@trianglevolleyball.org

Head Strength & Conditioning [PACT] Coach

(Contracted through Phase II Personal Training, Inc.)

Johnson brings more than 20 years of personal, group, and corporate fitness training experience to Triangle Volleyball Club. For over a decade Johnson has worked with volleyball athletes ranging from beginner level,  through prep, elite level club and professional players. Johnson has owned and operated two personal training studios in the Triangle area serving an enormous variety of individuals of varying fitness levels, and nearly every sports emphasis. Johnson has also served as Corporate Fitness Trainer and Consultant for companies such as EMC, Quintiles, Paragon Commercial Bank, and many others. 
 
Since 2010, Johnson has lead Triangle's PACT (Power, Agility, Core Training) program with a primary focus on reducing an athlete's risk of injury. Johnson was instrumental in re-designing Triangle's strength and conditioning program in 2014 to focus on addressing fundamental movement patterns and mobility. This program reflects the countless hours spent by Johnson at tournaments and in weekday practices in careful observation of movement patterns specific to the sport of volleyball. In addition to directing Triangle's PACT program, Johnson leads Triangle's vertical jump training program and offers private personal training sessions in Triangle's gym.  
 
Johnson is a native North Carolinian growing up in Franklinton, NC. Corey is married (Grace) with two daughters, Serena and Olivia. They have two grandchildren, Kaiden and Amelia. Johnson attended North Carolina A&T. Johnson has the following certifications: USA Weightlifting Level I Certified, Certified Vertimax Instructor, and he is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA] and the National Academy of Sports Medicine [NASM]. Additionally, Johnson is a member of USA Volleyball and is both USAV IMPACT and SafeSport certified.

 

Britni Johnson '14

britni.johnson@trianglevolleyball.org

Johnson, a Triangle alumna (2014), is joining the Triangle staff after graduating from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy . A four year starter at UMO, Johnson's accolades include All-Conference recognition, multiple Conference Player of the Week awards, as well as multiple Student-Athlete of the Week awards at the university. She was named MVP in 2015 and was the recipeint of the DII ADA Academic Achievement Award. Johnson earned Academic All-Conference Recognition in each of her four seasons. 

In high school, Johnson was a standout athlete at North Raleigh Christian Academy, earning MVP honors in back to back seasons, being named to the 2011 NCISAA All-State team, and being named 2011 TISAC Player of the year. 

Johnson is excited to rejoin Triangle as a staff member and hopes to pass along the valuable lessons she learned as an athlete. She has worked with multiple camps and clinics this summer and is looking forward to working with a team in the 2019 club season. 

"The discipline I learned at Triangle helped me balance athletics and academics throughout my college career and now is key as I enter the work force. I'm looking forward to helping student-athletes develop the on-court skills they need to prepare them for collegiate journey. Triangle was such an integral part in helping me prepare for success and I hope to become part of the process that helps young people better themselves through a sport I love."

Johnson is currently an instructor at the Mariposa School and resides in Durham. 

Rob Kent

rob.kent@trianglevolleyball.org

Kent joined the Triangle coaching staff in 2020 with 10 years of youth coaching experience in the Triangle area. In total, Kent has coached over 35 different teams in three different sports (volleyball, basketball, and soccer). Rob has coached 21 youth volleyball teams in the last eight years, with student-athletes ranging in age from 7 to 16 years old. His youth volleyball teams have won six regular season championships and three tournament championships.

Whether on the court or at work, he has a passion for building and empowering teams to compete. He loves inspiring players to reach their potential on a mental and physical level and instills a “What’s Next?” culture in their approach to the game.

Kent is originally from Alexandria Bay, NY. In high school, he was a two-sport varsity student-athlete lettering in basketball and football. Rob graduated SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management Science in 1995 and moved south to Raleigh, NC the following year. In 2008, he successfully completed a Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. Rob currently works for InfoPros in Durham, NC as a Senior Director for Client Solutions, leading technical documentation teams across the United States. He lives in Morrisville with his wife Carla and their daughters, Audrey (17) and Claire (14). Both attend Panther Creek HS.

 

Brendan Koslowsky

brendan.koslowsky@trianglevolleyball.org

Koslowsky joined Triangle in 2013 and has served as an assistant coach in the 15s, 17s, and 18s age groups. In 2015 Koslowsky was an assistant coach of 17 Blue, which finished 12th in the Premier Division at AAU Junior Nationals. In 2016 he helped lead 17 Black to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals, and in 2017 he helped guide 18 White toward a third-place finish in the Club Division at the JVA World Challenge. Most recently, he served as the assistant coach for 18 Blue in 2020 and helped them to three top ten finishes at national tournaments, including a T9 finish at the Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore.

Koslowsky holds a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management from NC State and currently works for commercial general contractor Williams Realty & Building Company as a project mananger. He played on the NC State men’s club team for two years and helped lead them to back-to-back second-place finishes at the NCVF National Tournament in 2012 and 2013. Koslowsky has been playing volleyball since seventh grade and continues to play both locally and nationally. 

Koslowsky and his family moved to Raleigh from Canada in 2007.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENT:

  • Koslowsky served as the assistant coach for 18 Blue in 2020 and helped them to three top ten finishes at national tournaments, including a T9 finish at the Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore. He also mentored seven future collegiate athletes on the 18 Blue squad.
  • Assisted 2016 Triangle 17 Black to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals with a top finish at the Lone Star Classic.
  • Worked with 18 White in 2017 and earned a third-place finish in the Club Division at the prestigious JVA World Challenge.
  • Finished in 12th place in the Premier Division at AAU Junior Nationals in 2015 with 17 Blue.

Katherine Koslowsky

katherine.koslowsky@trianglevolleyball.org

Koslowsky (formerly Fleming), a native of North Carolina and graduate of Miami University in Ohio, joined Triangle in 2004. Koslowsky attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and led her team to state championship wins every year. She was named All-Conference and All-State, and set two records in her senior season for single season kills and digs. Koslowsky was a TISAC Co-Player of the Year in 2001 and her #9 jersey hangs retired at Cardinal Gibbons. She went on to Providence College for two seasons where she was an outside hitter and still holds the single season digs record. Before graduating Cum Laude in 2007 from Miami University she finished her college career with two seasons in the libero spot.

Koslowsky holds a degree in philosophy and English from Miami and graduated in 2012 with Magna Cum Laude honors and a master's degree in Christian studies from Duke Divinity School. She has coached Triangle teams in the 12s, 14s, 16s, 17s, and 18s age groups. Koslowsky was also the Duke Women’s Volleyball volunteer assistant coach during the 2012 season.

She currently works for St. David's School in Raleigh as the director of camps and programming where she also assists the middle school volleyball team.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Koslowsky competed collegiately at Providence College for two seasons, where she holds the single season digs record, and Miami University where she was a two-season starter at the libero position.
  • Led Cardinal Gibbons High School to state championship wins every season and was named All-Conference, All-State and TISAC Co-Player of the Year in 2001.
  • Set two records her senior season at CGHS for single-season kills and digs, and her #9 jersey hangs retired at Cardinal Gibbons.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Gifted technical coach who has most recently served as an assistant and head coach at the 17s and 18s age groups
  • Assisted 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.
  • Served as the Duke Women's Volleyball volunteer assistant coach during the 2012 season.

Brienna Laskowski

brienna.laskowki@trianglevolleyball.org

Laskowski hails from Albemarle and attended South Stanly High School where she was a multiple All-Yadkin Valley Conference and All-Stanly News & Press selection as a prep player. Upon graduation in 2017, Laskowski was recruited to attend William Peace University as an outside hitter. In 2019 she led the Pacers with 357 kills, averaging 3.3 kills per set and helping to lead them to a third place finish in the USA South Conference’s East Division. In Fall 2020, Laskowski was named the 2019-20 Bierce Most Outstanding Athlete at William Peace University, as well as First Team East Division and First Team All Conference.  

Laskowski began coaching club when she became a freshman at Peace. She has coached at JOCO, NC Elite, and I3 which was a club begun by Brienna and her dad in Stanly County.

Laskowski is studying Business Administration and aspires to become an assistant coach at William Peace university upon graduation this spring.

Mallory Lewis

mallory.lewis@trianglevolleyball.org

Lewis, who hails from South Carolina, comes to the Triangle area to work as a registered nurse at Duke University Hospital. She was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, where she played school and club volleyball. Lewis competed for the Hilton Head Blacktips and for LowCountry Volleyball out of Bluffton, SC as a middle blocker and outside/opposite. During her senior year of high school, she was selected to play in the 3A South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports (CAWS) All Star Game. She also competed in various doubles sand volleyball tournaments during high school. Lewis recieved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from USC Columbia - Beaufort.

 

Beverly Lineberger

beverly.lineberger@trianglevolleyball.org

Lineberger, a North Carolina volleyball mainstay, achieved tremendous success while serving as head coach at Apex High School for 11 years and at Peace College for two years. While leading the Apex program she was awarded Tri-7 Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2006, and led her team to the 4A state semifinals in 2001 and 2005. During her two years at Peace she guided the Pacer program to its best season since joining the NCAA in 2002.

Lineberger organized and ran with great success the Cary Parks and Recreation volleyball skills sessions, summer camps, and league program from 1996-2012. She graduated in 1995 from NC State and received her bachelor's degree in science education and biological science. She and her husband, Brent, run their own tree care and mobile crane service. They reside in Raleigh with their two children, Brayden and Bella Grace. Lineberger joined Triangle in 2009 and has served as the head coach of 13 Blue, 14 Blue and 13 Black. In 2014 Lineberger received 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.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Lineberger guided 2020 13 Black to three [3] top 10 finishes in national events before the season was cut short prior to qualifier competition.
  • Led 2019 14 Blue to a 1st place finish at MAPL Hampton in the Red Division [13s-14s].
  • Served as the head coach at Peace College for two seasons and led the Pacer program to its best season since joining the NCAA in 2002.
  • Coached the Apex High School program for 11 seasons, including two NCHSAA 4A state semifinal appearances in 2001 and 2005 and five [5] Tri-7 Coach of the Year awards.

Hailey Long '19

hailey.long@trianglevolleyball.org

Long returns to Triangle as a coaching staff member starting with the 2020 club season, following a standout club career as an athlete at Triangle. She lettered four years at Person High School in Roxboro, NC and was named All-Conference, Mid-State All-Tournament, and News & Observer All-Metro while playing for the Rockets. Long was named the 2018 conference tournament MVP and earned a Maxpreps/AVCA and NCHSAA Player of the Week selection. In addition to her outstanding play on court, Long's leadership was integral to the Rockets and she served as a team captain for three seasons.

Long's career at Triangle spanned six years, where she honed her skills at the setter position. She was a three-time honoree of Triangle Team Award and helped lead her 16 Blue team to qualify in the USA Division in 2017.

Long has continued her playing career at Meredith College, where she is playing primarily as an attacker for the Avenging Angels. She has posted 10+ kills in four matches and hit .250 or better in eight matches during the 2019 collegiate season.

Julia Mainwaring

julia.mainwaring@trianglevolleyball.org

Mainwaring joined Triangle in 2012. She graduated from Elon University with a bachelor's degree in sport and event management in 2016, and while at Elon she was a three-year member of the club volleyball program, serving as the club’s vice president in her senior year. In the fall of 2012 Mainwaring was a defensive specialist at William Peace University and helped lead the team to one of its most successful seasons. While in high school she was a four-year varsity member, three-year starter, two-year captain, and two-year all-conference member at East Chapel Hill High School. She played seven years of club volleyball at CCVC, TCA, and NC Elite, and also helped to create a developmental volleyball program at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. Currently Mainwaring serves as the assistant volleyball coach at Guilford College.

Davene Mainwaring

davene.mainwaring@trianglevolleyball.org

Davene joined Triangle in 2012 with a wealth of volleyball coaching experience. She first coached club when the juniors level was initially introduced in the Carolina Region and has coached with several local clubs and programs prior to beginning her time at Triangle. 

She has been the head volleyball coach at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for the past 17 seasons.  In 2011 Davene led her team to become the 1A East Regional champions and 1A State Runner-ups.  Her colleagues voted her the Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2018. She is an Accredited Interscholastic Coach, Gold Medal Squared certified, and Art of Coaching Volleyball Head Coach certified. She has served as the head coach of 14 White and has also been an assistant coach for 14 Blue, 14 White, and 15 White. In 2012 she helped to guide 15 White to an impressive season 43-3 record. 

 

Originally from the Chicago area, Davene is a graduate of Purdue University.  She works as a Quality Assurance Engineer and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband.  The couple have three adult aged children, one of whom (Julia) also coaches at Triangle.

Bruna Maraccini

bruna.maraccini@trianglevolleyball.org

Bruna is originally from Brazil and moved to Apex where she attended and played varsity volleyball at Apex High School. She was a member of USAV and an active club player in the Carolina Region throughout High School. She was recruited to NC State as a defensive specialist and setter where she played one season before opting to play NCSU Club volleyball. She has remained active in volleyball, both coaching and playing, since college.

Maraccini has prior coaching experience at Raleigh Parks & Recreation, Richmond Volleyball Club, and served one season as the Apex JV Head Coach. She graduated from NC State in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She has recently returned to the triangle area for a new job and to be closer to family and friends.

Katy May

katy.may@trianglevolleyball.org

Originally from Pennsylvania, May joined the Triangle coaching staff in 2014. She was a high school, club, and collegiate player in the greater Philadelphia area, and was libero and captain for Franklin & Marshall College from 2008-2012. May has both high school and club coaching experience in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, having worked with players from 10 to 18 years old. Since starting at Triangle, May has been the head coach of 15 Steel and 15 Silver, assistant for 16 White, resource coach for 13 Blue, and one of the leads for Triangle's Youth Volleyball Program (YVP).

May came to North Carolina for graduate school in 2012. She now works in an environmental health science center at NC State as director of community engagement, and is pursuing her doctoral degree in science education. When she's not coaching or talking science, Katy is actively involved in animal rescue, volunteering and fostering dogs for a local adoption group.

Katie McCullough '15

katie.mccullough@trianglevolleyball.org

McCullough (fondly referred to as "Katie Mac") is a Triangle alumnae having played in Triangle blue for 5 years beginning at 14s through her senior year. McCullough was a two-sport athlete in high school finding success both on the volleyball court and the soccer field. McCullough, an outside hitter, was part of Triangle’s 18 Blue team who in 2015 ‘double qualified’ for USAV nationals by finishing third in the USA division at Big South and going on to win the USA division championship at Disney Volleyball Showcase (aka Sunshine Qualifier). When all was said in done, 18 Blue ended their season ranked among the top 100 18s teams in the country.

McCullough went on to have a successful collegiate career at UNC-Wilmington. As a freshman she played in 25 matches finishing with 149 kills and helped the Seahawks earn a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. Her junior year McCullough transitioned to libero and her senior year she was named CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Week and set a school record with 4.51 digs per set. She remains sixth on UNC-W’s all-time digs list with 1,138.

McCullough’s success followed her to the sand where she represented the Seahawks all four years on the beach. She played in every dual match during her four-year career and was named UNC-W’s Defensive Beach Player-of-the-Year in 2017. With 50 dual victories during her beach career, McCullough ranks first all-time for wins for the Seahawks.

After graduating UNC-W with a Bachelors of Science with a concentration in finance in 2019, McCullough attended Tusculum University where she served as the Graduate Assistant Beach Coach while pursuing her Master’s degree in Sports Administration (August, 2020).

Jessica McKeon

McKeon, who hails from Fuquay Varina, joined the Triangle staff beginning with the 2020 season and brings extensive volleyball coaching and playing experience. She competed for Person High School before attending Gardner-Webb University, where she played in 92 matches over her four-year career as a middle blocker was named Most Improved. She graduated from GWU with her degree in Elementary Education and returned to the Triangle area to work in Wake County Public Schools.

Before joining Triangle, McKeon spent five years on staff at NC Elite working with their 15s and 16s national and regional level teams. In addition, she has coached middle school volleyball for several seasons, including three years at Hawley Middle School and two years at Apex Friendship Middle School.

Andie McKinnon '16

andie.mckinnon@trianglevolleyball.org

McKinnon, a Triangle alumna, is a graduate of Orange High School where she was a 4-year contributor and 3 year captain on the women's volleyball team. She was named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year her senior season and helped her team to the third round of the state playoffs. Additionally, she was named MVP both her junior and senior year and garnered All-Conference honors on three occasions. 

McKinnon attended Emory University in Atlanta for 2 years and was a standout athlete for the Eagles. McKinnon averaged 3.38 digs per set and was named UAA Defensive Player of the Week. After deciding she missed North Carolina, McKinnon transferred back home and is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

During her time at Triangle, McKinnon received the team award twice (16 Blue and 18 Black) and was also the recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Finegan Award for Service in 2016. 

Lauren McManus

Lauren.McManus@trianglevolleyball.org

McManus, originally from Raleigh, brings considerable club coaching experience to Triangle. She played as a setter/opposite in both club and high school at Garner Senior High School. She earned all-conference honors during her junior and senior season and was named conference player of the year her senior year. As a club player she helped her team win a Carolina Region championship and earn a bid to USAV Junior Nationals. She attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College where she was a four-year starting right side player. Her team earned a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and McManus was honored her senior year with the prestigious Knights Award for exceptional leadership skills. McManus graduated from St. Andrews in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

McManus began coaching during her junior year of college at a small club in Scotland County. After returning to the Raleigh area McManus began coaching at CCVC until it dissolved in 2009. McManus then joined NC Elite’s coaching staff where she served as both a head and assistant coach for numerous teams in the 14s through 18s age groups. McManus also has coached on the prep scene, serving one year as the JV head coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh. McManus currently resides in Knightdale and works for Guidant Group.

Olani (Allen) Mertz

olani.allen@trianglevolleyball.org

Allen joined Triangle in 2014 and has worked primarily with the 14s-16s age groups. Allen began playing volleyball in 7th grade and continued at Apex High School and in club volleyball, including one year for Triangle. Upon high school graduation Allen attended Appalachian State University where she played three years of club volleyball. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. After graduation she went on to earn a master's degree in global media and culture from Keele University in England. Allen has worked as a volunteer assistant at Apex High School and coached with the program every summer from 2009-2015. Allen currently works at the Duke University Career Center as the recruiting coordinator. 

Lauren (Truvillion) Montilla

lauren.montilla@trianglevolleyball.org

Truvillion-Montilla hails from Chicago where she was a four-year varsity starting outside hitter at Plainfield South High School. She played at 1st Alliance, a perennial power-house club in the Chicago metro area. She attended and played at Butler Community College in Kansas until an injury sidelined her from the sport.

In In 2016 she transferred to University of Kansas and served as the women’s varsity volleyball team manager until graduation the spring of 2019. Throughout college she coached youth volleyball both in a team and camp setting. She’s been an effective and energetic camp coach at University of Kansas for many years.

Truvillion-Montilla graduated Kansas with a Bachelor of Humanities and Western Culture. She was recently married and currently lives in Fayetteville.

Nikki O’Connell

Recruiting Coordinator & Technical Director

nikki.oconnell@trianglevolleyball.org

Illinois native O’Connell was a standout student-athlete at NC State (1998-2001) and has over a decade of coaching experience at the high school and club levels. O’Connell, a former middle school teacher, was the head coach at Apex High School from 2007-2011. During her five years at Apex, her team won the Tri-9 conference title four years in a row, and she was named the Tri-9 Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In the 2010 season she led Apex to its first-ever NCHSAA 4A State Championship and the school’s first national ranking.

O’Connell joined Triangle in 2007. During her first season at Triangle she led 18 Blue to qualify for USAV Junior Nationals (the first-ever "2" team from the Carolina Region to qualify). O’Connell then served as the assistant coach of 18 Black from 2009-2011. She helped 18 Black achieve double qualification in the Open Division for USAV Junior Nationals by winning the Lone Star Classic and finishing second at the Mideast Qualifier. In 2011, 18 Black finished in third place at the Big South Qualifier, again qualifying in Open for USAV Junior Nationals.

From 2012-2014 O’Connell was the head coach of 16 Black. In 2012 O’Connell was at the helm when 16 Black finished T9 in the Open Division at AAU Junior Nationals, the highest finish for a 16s team in Triangle’s history at the national tournament. In 2014 O’Connell took her team even further and led 16 Black to the championship match in 16 Open at AAU Junior Nationals, where they finished runners-up. This was Triangle’s first appearance in an Open division national championship match along with Triangle’s highest-placing team at AAU Junior Nationals. 

Since 2015 O’Connell has been the head coach of 17 Black. She has led 17 Black to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2015, 17 Black finished T13 at USAV Junior Nationals in 17 Open and was ranked 17th by Prepvolleyball.com to conclude the season. 

During the 2018 season, O'Connell expanded her role at Triangle moving into an administrative position, working predominantly with the technical direction and recruiting support services. 

O'Connell lives in Cary with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters, Alexis and Kallie.

Michelle (Fadool) Panzl '10

michelle.panzl@trianglevolleyball.org

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 and delivery of Triangle's PowerCore 360® 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.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Panzl redshirted at Division II powerhouse Wingate University before injury ended her competitive career.
  • Played for five years at Triangle Volleyball Club as a middle blocker/opposite hitter and helped 18 Black "double-qualify" for USAV Junior Nationals in the Open Division.
  • Starred at legendary Cardinal Gibbons High School, where she was a co-captain her senior season and won two state championships in 2007 and 2009.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Joined the Triangle staff in 2011 and has served as an assistant coach and national team head coach in the 13s, 14s, 15s and 17s age groups, including as an assistant for 15 Black in 2018.
  • Led 2017 17 White and 2014 14 White to the Northeast Qualifier American Division Gold division finals [2nd place finish]. 
  • Certified Triangle PowerCore 360® instructor and leads development and delivery of the PC360 curriculum, designed to help athletes attack safer and harder.

 

 

Nan Parrish '18

nan.parrish@trianglevolleyball.org

Parrish returns to Triangle as a coaching staff member starting with the 2020-2021 club season, following an eight-year career at Triangle as a student-athlete. She competed on the Triangle 18 Blue squad that qualified for USAV 18s Nationals in 18 USA Division after finishing in third place at the Northeast Qualifier. She also played high school volleyball at Broughton High School, helping the Capitals to the 3rd and 4th round of the playoffs in her final two seasons. She was an Honorable Mention All-CAP 7 performer and an Academic All-Conference honoree.

After graduating high school, Parrish continued her playing career for two seasons at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she was named the Most Improved Player for the 2018 season. In 2020, Parrish transferred to NC State to be closer to family, and she is now majoring in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Parrish’s coaching experience began at Triangle where she worked summer camps for three summers and served as a Student Resource Coach in 2018. She was the Director of Volleyball Summer Camps at Saint Mary’s School in 2019 and will be the Broughton High School Varsity Assistant Coach for the 2020 season.

Holly Paton

holly.paton@trianglevolleyball.org

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

sarah.patterson@trianglevolleyball.org

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 JMU 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. During her time at Triangle, Patterson has been the assistant for 17 Black, 15 Black and 15 Blue. In addition, she brings high-level training and knowledge of the setter position to the gym, and has been the lead for many setting camps and clinics.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Competed collegiately at James Madison University as a setter, where as a senior she was named All-CAA Second Team and was selected for the JMU Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete Award.
  • Finished her career at JMU ranked in the top five for career assists and assist average.
  • Led her high school as a starting setter and was named a two-time Virginia All-State honoree.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Served as an assistant at the 17 Black, 15 Black and 15 Blue levels during her time at Triangle, specializing in setter development and training.
  • Helped 2019 15 Black to a 7th place finish in 15 Open at the Northeast Qualifier.
  • Assisted 2018 15 Blue to a top ten finish in 15 Open at the Capitol Hill Classic, and a gold bracket finish at the Big South Qualifier.

 

 

Robert Penland

robert.penland@trianglevolleyball.org

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

samantha.perillo@trianglevolleyball.org

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 III 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.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Perillo competed at Stevenson University [Division III] where she was a four-year starting libero and was a three-time AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America selection. She was a 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
  • Played club volleyball for Brandywine Volleyball Club and high school for Wilmington Friends High School, where she was named Second Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior.
  • Played on the Stevenson University Beach Volleyball team from 2016-2017 following her undergraduate indoor career.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Served as the Triangle 14 Black assistant in her first season on staff in 2020. She helped 14 Black to top ten finishes at MAPL Raleigh and MAPL Hampton in the Blue Division [14s-16s], the highest finish for any 14u team in the division.
  • Coached in college at her alma mater Stevenson University, where she was the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach from 2017 until 2019.

 

Julianne (Juli) 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 and setter. 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 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 was a student-athlete on the Varsity Women's Rowing team. As a rower, Peters was the stroke seat for the 3V8 who was named ACC Crew of the Week in the spring of 2018, as well as the V4 who was named ACC Crew of the Week in the spring of 2019. She was also a member of the V8 that had a historic finish at the 2019 ACC Championship. Peters was named a CRCA Scholar Athlete in 2019 and 2020, and is a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. In her spare time at UNC, she served as a volunteer piano instructor for the UNC chapter of Musical Empowerment, and as an assistant trainer with the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center's Get Real and Heel program. In 2020 Peters graduated with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology with a minor in Biology. 

Peters has been coaching at Triangle since 2015, working primarily with the 12's program and Triangle's camps and clinics. Aside from volleyball, she is also an NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Peters is now in her first year of Duke University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Dan Peters

dan.peters@trianglevolleyball.org

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).

Reagan Petty

reagan.petty@trianglevolleyball.org

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 PrepVolleyball.com 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

jona.plevin@trianglevolleyball.org

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

brian.poppe@trianglevolleyball.org

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

nicole.powers@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

Jill Restino '10

jill.restino@trianglevolleyball.org

Restino (formerly Edwards) had a stellar three-year Triangle career, playing on 18 Black as a junior and a senior. After graduating high school Restino attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. During her four-year collegiate career Restino amassed numerous records and accolades including PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year, PSAC Fall Top 10, three-time AVCA All-Region, three-time Academic All District honors, Daktronics All-America Third Team, AVCA DII Honorable Mention All-American, and Capitol One Academic All-American First Team her senior year. She holds the single season kills record for Shippensburg and was ranked 12th in NCAA DII with a 4.23 kills/set average. Restino is among just five Raiders in school history to accumulate at least 1,000 career digs and is second in the PSAC in career kills (2,062). Restino graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in supply chain management.

Restino was a member of Triangle 18 Black in 2010 when they "double-qualified" in Open for USAV Junior Nationals with a second-place finish at the Mideast Qualifier and winning the championship at the Lone Star Classic. During her Triangle tenure she served as a student apprentice coach and worked numerous camps and clinics. Restino previously coached three seasons of 18s at Revolution Volleyball Club in Pennsylvania and has been a resource coach since re-joining Triangle's staff in 2014.

Restino currently lives in Apex with her husband, Chris, and works at Bandwidth as a supply chain analyst.

Brieana (Brie) Saur

brieana.saur@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

Lauren Saxby '13

Saxby returns home to Triangle as a coaching staff member where she played from 2009 through 2013. She was a four-year letterwinner at Wakefield High School and a three-time Cap 8 Conference champion during her high school career. Following her stellar prep career, she competed as an outside/right-side hitter at Western Carolina where she graduated in 2017. 

Saxby began coaching as a student-athlete at Triangle from 2012-13 and returned to coaching following the end of her collegiate playing career, first at East Carolina Juniors. During her two seasons coaching with ECJVC, she served as the assistant for the 13 Black team, head coach for 14 Regional, and assistant for 16 Premier. Additionally, she worked camps, clinics and private lessons at ECJVC.

She currently lives in Raleigh and is still playing grass and coed volleyball to this day. 

Jill Simpson

jill.simpson@trianglevolleyball.org

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. Most recently at Triangle, Simpson served as the head coach of 16 White.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Simpson competed collegiately at UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned ACC All-Freshman team honors and was named the UNC Volleyball Rookie of the Year.
  • Placed fourth all-time in the Tar Heel record books for solo blocks in a season with 103 in 1994.
  • Starred as a prep player in club and high school. She led Overland High School to two Colorado 4A state titles and was named the KACT-TV Colorado Player of the Year in 1991.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Coached from 2015-2019 at NC Elite Volleyball Club, where her teams won two Atlantic Coast Power League champshionships and
  • Qualified three years in a row for USAV Girls Junior National Championships with her 16s and 17s teams at NC Elite
  • Led the Millbrook High School Wildcats to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019, marking their first trip to the NCHSAA playoffs since 2013.

Katie Slay '10

katie.slay@trianglevolleyball.org

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 prepvolleyball.com 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. 

Since her return to Triangle as a member of the coaching staff, Slay assisted 13 Black, 16 Black and 17 Black, and a lead at summer camps and clinics. Additionally, Slay has utilized her positional experitise with middle blockers by serving as a positional training lead and running advanced-level middle blocker clinics. She currently lives in Raleigh and works as a Speech Language Pathologist. 

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Slay competed at the highest levels, spending two seasons competing professionally in Europe and training in the USA Volleyball National Team gym. She was also selected to the Women's Junior National Team her sophomore and junior year, and won the NORCECA Continental Championship U-20 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
  • Starred at the middle blocker position at national powerhouse Penn State, where she and the Nittany Lions won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2010 and 2013. She posted her career-best attack percentage of .700 during Penn State's national championship run as a freshman.
  • Collected a bevy of accolades during her collegiate career, including AVCA All-America Second Team [2011 and 2012] and Third Team [2013] honors, AVCA All-Mideast Region, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, and Academic All-Big Ten.
  • Led her Triangle 18 Black team to a "double-qualification" for USAV Junior Nationals in the Open Division by finishing second at the Mideast Qualifier and winning the championship at the Lone Star Classic.
  • Named the Cap-7 Conference and News & Observer Volleyball Player of the Year in 2009, and was nationally recognized as a First Team AVCA/Under Armour award winner and PrepVolleyball.com High School All-America selection in 2010.

SIGNIFICATION COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Mentored two future NCAA athletes at the middle blocker position as the assistant coach on 2020 17 Black.
  • Assisted 2019 16 Black to a top ten finish at the Northeast Qualifer in Philadelphia.
  • Helped 2018 13 Black to a 12th place finish at AAU Junior National Championships, a 10th place finish at the Big South National Qualifier and a 5th place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic.

Kelsey Smith

kelsey.smith@trianglevolleyball.org

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

danielle.stachura@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

 

Lauren Tharrington '17

lauren.tharrington@trianglevolleyball.org

Tharrington, a member of Triangle's class of 2017, joins the coaching staff starting with the 2020 season. She spent eight club seasons in a Triangle uniform as a setter and competed on teams at the Black, Blue and White level. She helped set her 2016 17 White team to a runner-up finish at the Big South Qualifier and a top 20 finish at AAU Junior Nationals.

Following her club career, Tharrington played collegiately at Converse College in South Carolina. She is currently ranked 2nd in the Converse record books in career assists and in the top 10 for career aces. In 2019 she helped the Valkyries qualify for the Conference Carolinas championship tournament for the first time since 2013. She is also an Academic All-Conference selection and helped the volleyball team win the Converse Cup for the team that completes the most community service hours.

Tharrington began coaching camps & clinics at Triangle during the summer following the completion of her club playing career, and has continued to lead day camps, YVP and setting clinics during the summer. While at Converse she coached with Upward Stars volleyball, where she worked as a head coach with 13s, 14s and 15s age groups.

Richard Tharrington

richard.tharrington@trianglevolleyball.org

Tharrington joined Triangle in 2013 and has coaching experience at the youth developmental, high school and club levels. He has coached in the 11s-14s age groups as a head and resource coach and has been highly successful in both Carolina Region and interregional competition. In addition, he has led and assisted numerous camps and clinics, including Triangle's Youth Volleyball Program (YVP). Most recently, Tharrington served as the head coach of Triangle's first-ever 14 Navy team in 2020, a fourth national team in the age group, and helped lead them to three top 5 finishes in national tournaments prior to the season ending before qualifiers. In 2019, he coached 13 White to a second place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic and a T5 [out of 86 teams] finish in the 13 American division at the Big South National Qualifier.

He serves as the JV volleyball coach at Apex High School in Apex and holds a Master's degree in coaching education and sports science from Ohio University. He and his wife reside in Cary and have three children, Lauren (Triangle Class of 2016), Caden, and Joshua.

 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Tharrington led 2020 Triangle 14 Navy to a top five finish at the City of Oaks Challenge and MAPL Raleigh Red Division [13s-14s], and a second place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic.
  • Guided his 2019 13 White team to a second place finish at the Capitol Hill Classic and coached three individual award winners [Best Server, Best Receiver, Best Setter] at the event.
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Big South National Qualifier [T5 finish out of 86 teams] with 13 White.

Mary Wands

mary.wands@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Wands led 15 White to an impressive 43-3 record in the 2012-13 season.
  • Coached at Raleigh Charter High School from 2009-2012, and led RCHS to the state championship game in 2012.
  • Earned USAV CAP I and II, USAV Beach and Gold Medal Squared Level 1 certification.

Michael Webster

mike.webster@trianglevolleyball.org

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, and guided the 15-1 team to USAV Nationals all four seasons as the head coach, including two Open bids and six tournament titles. 

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 led the Cougars to the NCHSAA playoffs every season during his tenure. Webster and Apex reached the fourth round of the state playoffs in 2017. He has been the head coach of Triangle 14 Black since 2016 and worked as a positional training lead coach with setters. He lives in Apex with his wife and two sons. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Webster guided 2020 Triangle 14 Black to top ten finishes at MAPL Raleigh and MAPL Hampton in the Blue Division [14s-16s], the highest finish for any 14u team in the division.
  • Coached at Apex High School since 2016 and has guided the Cougars to the playoffs every season during his tenure, including a fourth-round trip in 2017.
  • Worked at nationally-recognized A5 Volleyball Club, where he coached the 15-1 team to two [2] Open bids and six [6] tournament titles during his four seasons as the head coach.
  • Gained extensive experience coaching collegiately, including as the head coach at Georgia State from 2004-2009. He coached six players to all-conference accolades and 19 student-athletes to conference all-academic honors during his six seasons as a head coach.

 

 

Emily Whitsett

emily.whitsett@trianglevolleyball.org

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

eric.wiles@trianglevolleyball.org

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

nicole.willis@trianglevolleyball.org

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 PrepVolleyball.com’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.

SIGNIFICANT PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Willis played collegiately at LSU before finishing her career at ECU, where she set the single-match record with 32 kills versus Southern Miss as a junior and earned All-Conference USA and NCCSIA Second Team honors as a senior.
  • Selected as the No. 66 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace as a Senior and named to the AVCA Under Armour High School All-America Second Team.
  • Competed for Broughton, where she led the Capitols to two CAP 7 conference championships, and was named Broughton's Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Played club at NC Elite, where she led her club team to an 11th place finish in the American Division at the 2009 USAV Junior Olympic National Championships.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Returned to ECU as a graduate assistant coach for the Pirates while pursuing her master's degree.
  • Coached ECJVC's 12 Black team for three seasons before returning to NC Elite.
  • Worked with NC Elite's top national teams from ages 13-15 for six seasons.

Jeff Wismer

Assistant Director

jeff.wismer@trianglevolleyball.org

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.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Wismer led 2018 Alliance 18-1 to a USAV National Championship in the National Division.
  • Qualified for Open with 2012 Alliance 16-1 and finished 13th at USAV National Championships.
  • Coached the 2016 Alliance 15-1 team to a T5 finish in 15 Open at AAU Junior Nationals.
  • Gained extensive collegiate coaching experience with 12 years as a Division I, Division III and NAIA assistant coach. 
  • Served as the Head Coach of the nationally-prominent 2008 Munciana 17-1 team, who achieved top 20 Open finishes at AAU and JVA National Championships.

Natalie Ziskin

natalie.ziskin@trianglevolleyball.org

Natalie is originally from upstate New York and landed in North Carolina when she entered nursing school at Duke University. Ziskin has played at the high school, club and Division I collegiate level. At Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School she made the varsity team in 8th grade, earning the starting setter position in 9th grade. Each season during her high school career her team advanced to the final four of the Class A State Championships, clinching the title her senior year. Ziskin earned Class A All-State Tournament honors her final three years in high school and she still holds the school record for career assists with 3539.

Ziskin played club volleyball at Lakeside Volleyball Club and was a Division I recruit at Iona College located in New Rochelle, NY. During her time at Iona Ziskin was twice named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and earned All-MAAC honors her sophomore season. Ziskin ranks second in all-time career assists at Iona College.

Ziskin has coached at numerous summer camps since high school including the USA IREVA Regional High Performance Volleyball Camp. She has also been a regular volunteer coach at her former club program.

Ziskin graduated from Iona in 2016 with a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology. She graduated Duke University School of Nursing in 2017 and currently works as a neonatal ICU nurse at Duke University Hospital.