Coaching Staff

Mike Schall

mike.schall@trianglevolleyball.org

Associate Director

Schall, originally from Pennsylvania, joined Triangle in June 2011 as associate director after an extensive nationwide search. His leadership, coaching experience, and passionate approach to teaching the game has been instrumental in advancing the mission of the club and achieving national recognition as one of the top clubs in the country.

Schall began his coaching career as a member of Russ Rose’s staff at Penn State serving as assistant coach for the Nittany Lions. While at Penn State, Schall was involved in every area of the program including recruiting, practice planning and implementation, scouting and match preparation, and individual player development. He coached numerous Big Ten all-conference players, conference players of the year, national players of the year, and USA National Team members, including Christa Harmotto and Nicole Fawcett.

At Triangle, Schall coached 18 Black during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons where he led the team to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals. In 2015 he led 16 Black to a T-13 finish in the Open Division at AAU Junior Nationals. In 2016 he coached 16 Black to a T-5 finish in Open at AAU Junior Nationals. For the 2017 season, under Schall's direction, 16 Black achieved top 10 finishes in the Open Division at the Big South Qualifier [T5], Northeast Qualifier [7th], and Northern Lights Qualifier [T5]. The finish at Northern Lights earned the team an Open bid to USAV Junior Nationals, becoming the first 16s team to qualify in Open in Triangle and Carolina Region history.

Beyond coaching Schall has among his numerous administrative responsibilities maintaining a consistent approach to teaching in the club, creating and supporting an atmosphere conducive to success in the gym, leading and developing Triangle's 90+ member coaching staff, and providing recruiting assistance for Triangle student-athletes who are among the most highly recruited in North Carolina. 

Schall's reputation and experience led to his selection to participate in the prestigious The Art of Coaching Volleyball coaching cadre at the UNC Chapel Hill clinic in April 2017. Along with coaching legends John Dunning, Russ Rose, Terry Lishevych, Joe Sagula, and Debbie Brown, Schall presented to over 350 college, club, and prep coaches from all over the Southeast. Schall has done numerous training videos for The Art of Coaching Volleyball and recently produced a video on the 6-2 offense for Championship Productions. Schall is a passionate writer and is a key contributor and editor for the popular Court and Classroom blog. Equally passionate about service, Schall, along with his wife, Sarah, have led two Court for Kids mission trips with Triangle staff and athletes. 

Schall graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science. As a four-year member and two-time co-captain of the Penn State men’s volleyball team, Schall helped Penn State achieve three EIVA titles and three national semifinal appearances.

In 2007 Schall and his wife founded Revolution Volleyball Club in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Under Schall’s leadership Revolution grew from five teams to a total of 19 teams hosted at four locations in 2011. As club director Schall was responsible for technical direction, coach development, and student-athlete recruitment. Schall also served as president of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association from 2010-2011.

Schall and his wife live in Apex with their four children: Belle, Sam, Andrew, and Mia.

Kayla Sears

kayla.sears@trianglevolleyball.org

Sears joined Triangle in 2016 after graduating from the University of Virginia where she played volleyball for four years. Originally from Moorpark, California, Sears played for Point West Volleyball Club where she was prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, on the AVCA All-American Watch List, and AAU All American in 2011. Sears graduated with a degree in kinesiology and worked with the Penn State stregnth and conditioning program before moving to Raleigh for an internship with UNC Chapel Hill stregnth and conditioning.

Megan Shander

Shander officially joined the Triangle coaching staff in 2017 as a student apprentice coach after working numerous camps and clinics, especially with Triangle's Youth Volleyball Program series. She currently is a junior at Panther Creek High School in Cary and previously played for Triangle until injuries sidelined her athletic career. At Panther Creek she is part of the sports medicine team and serves as a trainer for the football program. Shander aspires to attend college and become a physical therapist.

Kaitlyn Sitterson

kaitlyn.sitterson@trianglevolleyball.org

Sitterson joined Triangle in 2017 after moving to Raleigh to complete her bachelor's degree in education from Appalachian State University. She previously attended Louisburg College and earned her associate's degree while playing for the Hurricanes. During her time at Louisburg, Sitterson helped coach Triangle's Youth Volleyball Program clinics there. She then played at LaGrange College in Georgia before attending App State, where she continued to play for the women's club team. She has organized and directed summer camps at South Creek High School in Robersonville. Sitterson played at Coastal Plains Volleyball Club.

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. She will graduate in May 2018 from East Carolina University with a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Slay has coached consistently at Penn State summer camps and spent time resource coaching at Triangle when on school breaks.

Elisabeth Smith

elisabeth.smith@trianglevolleyball.org

Smith joined Triangle in 2016 as an assistant coach in the 12s age group. She is a former Triangle player having played her 15s season with 15 Blue and training at the club during her 16s year as she recovered from ACL surgery. Smith has also coached camps and clinis at Triangle. She graduated from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh where she played three years of varsity volleyball. In each year Smith and Jaguers made a post-season appearance in the state championship playoffs. Smith is continuing her volleyball career at Meredith College as a right side/middle blocker. She is studying spanish and chemistry.

Camden Spade '11

camden.spade@trianglevolleyball.org

Spade, a 2011 alumna of Triangle, joined the coaching staff in 2017. She graduated from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh and attended Emory University, where she was a part of teams that won the UAA conference championship and reached the regional finals of the NCAA Division III tournament. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and then entered the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. 

While in Atlanta, Spade coached at Tsunami Volleyball Club in the 12s, 15s, and 17s age groups. She also has coached at camps and clinics at Tsunami and Emory.

Tania Stafford

tania.stafford@trianglevolleyball.org

Stafford joined Triangle in 2013. Her many years of coaching experience include club, high school and collegiate levels.

Stafford moved to North Carolina in 2000 and began coaching at Western Wake Volleyball Club. She became the club director in 2003. In 2008 she joined the coaching staff at Wake Tech Community College as an assistant coach. From 2009 to 2011 Stafford served as the head coach at Durham Academy. Stafford then served as head coach at Raleigh Charter High School and in 2013 led them to the 1A NCHSAA state championship match. At Triangle she has served as a head and assistant coach in the 14s-16s age groups.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Stafford played middle blocker in high school and at Monroe Community College. Her passion for volleyball continued as an adult indoor and outdoor player in the New York Outdoor Volleyball Association (NOVA) and club volleyball at Western Empire Volleyball Association (WEVA). Stafford remains an avid indoor and outdoor player and lives in Apex with her husband and their two boys. She is an independent professional photographer and teaches equitation at her family-owned horse farm.