Katie Slay '10

Staff Member Since: 
2017

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.