Coaching Staff

Steven Abbott

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. At Triangle, Abbott has filled a variety of roles, working with both our boys and girls programs. Most recently, he served as the Head Coach for 15 Steel. 

"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

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

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.

Olani Allen

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. 

Callie Andrejak

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

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

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

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. 

Jessi Bartholomew

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.

Faith Bauserman

Bauserman joined Triangle in 2012. Originally from Tennessee, Bauserman has played volleyball since the seventh grade. In addition to high school volleyball she played six years of club at NETVC and intramural volleyball at East Tennessee State University.

Bauserman has coached at high school and YMCA volleyball camps and has always been actively involved in her community serving as a lifeguard, youth leader, mentor, tutor, hospital volunteer, and camp counselor. Bauserman earned a bachelor's degree in human services and early childhood education from East Tennessee State in 2011. Bauserman served as the assistant coach of 12 Blue in 2013, 2016, and 2017, and as the assistant coach of 12 Black in 2014 and 2015. She also coaches YVP throughout the year. Bauserman currently works as a nanny in Chapel Hill while attending school to become a dental hygienist.

Ally Beckman '15

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. 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.

Meredith Blum

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

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

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

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 the 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. 



Elizabeth "Liz" Burke

Burke moved to Raleigh and joined Triangle in 2015, and she is currently working at Fidelity Investments as a software engineer. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and a graduate of Virginia Tech, Burke played at Hidden Valley High School and club throughout her high school career. She continues to play in adult leagues in the Raleigh area, both indoor and outdoor. Burke's coaching experience includes both middle school and high school volleyball camps. At Triangle, Burke has served as an assistant coach in the 13s age group and resourced teams from 12s to 16s. She has been an active contributor throughout her time at Triangle having filled in for coaches with unavoidable conflicts at team competition and travel trips.

John Chang

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

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. 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

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.

Kari Council

Council hails from Minnesota where she played both club and high school volleyball. In high school she was a three-time all-conference honoree. After high school Council coached club at the 14s age group and remained active in volleyball in adult recreational and collegiate intramural leagues.

Council attended the University of Minnesota‐Duluth where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications. She is currently working for PNC Mortgage. Council joined Triangle in 2012 and has served as the assistant coach of 12 Black and as head coach of 12 Blue.  

Paige Cox

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

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

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

De Oliveira joins Triangle with over twenty-five years of volleyball coaching and playing experience. Originally from Utah, 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.


Malcolm Deans

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

Douglas joined the Triangle staff in 2017. Originally hailing from Greenville, NC, Douglas currently lives in Cary where she works for H&H Homes. Douglas graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and, during her time as a Tar Heel, was also the manager for the women's volleyball team for 3 seasons. 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 starting her 3rd season as an assistant coach at Triangle.

Bridget Dunnivan

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

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.

Katharine Esterley '16

Esterley returns to Triangle as a coach following a distinguished prep career as a junior athlete. She hails from Chapel Hill and competed at Chapel Hill High School during her prep career. During her two-year stint with the Tigers, Esterley led Chapel Hill to back-to-back conference titles and two top-eight finishes at the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs while being named 3A All-Conference in 2012 and 2013.

Esterley was a standout middle blocker at Triangle from 2012-2016. She was a two-time Junior Volleyball Association All-America selection in 2015 and 2016, and she led her club team to a third-place finish at the 2015 Disney Showcase Qualifier. In addition, her club teams posted top-25 finishes at year-end national championships in 2014 (ninth at 2014 AAU Junior Nationals) and 2015 (13th at 2015 USAV Junior Nationals).

She continued her athletic career at the University of North Carolina under Coach Joe Sagula. As a freshman, Esterley broke UNC's freshman records for block assists (124) and blocks per set (1.44), and posted the third-most total blocks (127) for a Carolina rookie in 2017. She has been a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll Selection (2017-2019) and a team captain for two seasons (2018, 2019). Esterley also participates in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy as part of the Activate program. She is double-majoring in political science and peace, war & defense with a minor in social and economic justice.

Michael Frank

Frank joined Triangle in 2012 after relocating from Boston. 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. His girls team at SMASH Volleyball for 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, head coach of 14 AAU and 16 White, and assistant coach of 18 Black. Frank works as a senior consultant at Thorburn Associates. He and his wife, Melanie, have two boys, Asher and Gavin.

Jim Freeman

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 finishing 3rd at Big South. The following season, 18 Blue repeated the feat, winning Beast of the Southeast and finishing runner up at NEQ. For the past three seasons, Freeman has been at the helm of 18 Black, coaching two youth National team participants, and notching an open level qualification in the 2019 season. 

Most recently, Freeman was hired 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. 

Pam French

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

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

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.

Lauren Giles

Originally from Missouri, Giles (Sazama) was a dual sport prep athlete playing volleyball and swimming for Oakville High School. She attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she played four years and finished as the all-time points leader in Gannon history. She was selected as a Daktronics All-American, PSAC Player of the Year, and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year, She was also a four year All-Conference and three year All-Region honoree. Upon graduation from Gannon with a Communications degree she spent a year living and teaching in China. Upon return to the states Giles attended Edgewood College (D3) and served as a graduate volleyball assistant for the Eagles. After earning her advanced degree in K-5 Cross Categorical Resource/Special Education Giles made her way to North Carolina.

Giles also coached varsity high school volleyball at Gray’s Creek High School in Hope Mills. After spending two years in Fayetteville, Giles and her husband, William moved to Fuquay-Varina where she serves as a special education teacher in the Wake County Public School System.

Brooks Gillerlain

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

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 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. Most recently, Godbold was the head coach for 16 Blue and she is also currently coaches at Apex high school, serving as the JV head coach and varsity assistant. 

Barry Gower

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

Graven originally hails from San Jose, California, and moved to North Carolina for the master of occupational therapy graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill. 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.  

Lauren Grodi '16

Grodi joined Triangle in 2017 after completing her freshman year at Meredith College as a member of the Avenging Angels volleyball team. Grodi played volleyball at Triangle throughout high school, finishing her club career on 18 Blue. Grodi and 18 Blue assembled a phenomenal season, "double-qualifying” for USAV Junior Nationals in the USA Division with a first-place finish at Beast of the Southeast and a second-place finish at the Northeast Qualifier. She graduated in 2016 from Harnett Central High School where she was a four-year varsity setter. Grodi earned all-conference honors her junior year and was ranked by MaxPreps as ninth in the state in assists and fourth for service aces. Grodi is studying biology at Meredith.

Lindsey Hall

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 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.

Mason Harris

Mason has been playing and coaching volleyball for over 25 years at the club, high school and collegiate level. As an indoor player, Mason was a captain and All ACC Selection on the UNC Men’s Club Volleyball team. After graduating, Mason played for the highly successful USAV Men’s Open team, Pineapple Beach, coached by former Duke Women’s Head Coach, Jon Wilson.

Mason has coached at all levels of the sport, creating successful developmental programs on both coasts working with youth boys and girls. At the collegiate level, Mason coached alongside legendary Pepperdine Men’s Coach, Marv Dunphy, and served as an assistant coach to Joe Sagula at UNC. He is both CAP 1 and IMPACT certified and currently provides technical instruction to both local high school and club players. At the club level he most recently has worked with Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club (CHAVC).

Mason has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and master’s degree from NC State including a minor in Arabic. During the day he works as an engineer for Cisco Systems and outside of volleyball he loves spending time with his family, backpacking long trails and is an avid cyclist. Mason and his wife Christina live in Chapel Hill with their children Tymber and Canyon.

Brian Harris

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

Harrison is originally from Sharpsville, Indiana and moved to North Carolina from Florida where he most recently coached at Orlando-Tampa Volleyball Academy [OTVA]. Harrison coached OTVA’s 18-1 team for the last three seasons earning a T-9 finish in 18 Open at the 2018 USAV Jr. National Championships and a 17th place finish in 2019.

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. In 2015, Harrison was named USAV Florida Region Outstanding Junior's Coach (17U-18U).

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.

Emily Hendricks '12

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 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. 

Drew Hermanson

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 14-17, 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 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. 

Jenna Hinton

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. This past season, the 12U program grew to over 70 athletes, 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. 

Kelly Hogan

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 have settled into the Brier Creek area in Raleigh. Kelly recently began working at Orange Theory in Brier Creek.

Tonya Holmes

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. 

CJ Hunter

Assistant Director

Hunter joined Triangle's coaching staff in 2013 and has served as a resource, assistant and head coach (14 Blue, 14 White, 16 Silver and, most recently, 17 White). 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.

Julia Husk

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.

Kaasha Jefferies '14

Jefferies, Triangle Class of 2014, attended Garner Magnet High School where she was a four-time all-conference and all-academic honoree. Jefferies played two years at Triangle and was part of the 17 Blue team who earned a third-place finish at The Big South National Qualifier. During her senior year while playing on Triangle 18 Blue she was recruited to UNC Pembroke.

As a defensive specialist for the BraveHawks Jefferies ranked second on the team in digs with 441 in her freshman season and followed with an equally successful sophomore year. After she concluded her playing career, she served as UNC Pembroke's Club Volleyball coach. Jefferies graduated UNC Pembroke with a degree in Political Science.

Jefferies served two years at Newberry College as a women’s volleyball assistant coach during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Britni Johnson '14

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. 

Corey Johnson

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.


Brendan Koslowsky

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. 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.

Katherine Koslowsky

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.

Mallory Lewis

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

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. 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.

Hailey Long '19

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

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 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 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

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

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).

Andie McKinnon '16

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

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.

Emily Meister

Meister, a PE teacher and volleyball coach at Cary High School in Cary, joined Triangle in 2017. The Nevada native came to North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University, where she played on the club volleyball team and then graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She has a passion for training athletes and developed the first women's weightligting class in the Wake County Public School System. She continues to play volleyball in her spare time, in addition to remaining active through biking, hiking, and stand-up paddleboarding. 

Lauren (Truvillion) Montilla

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

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 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

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 of our PowerCore 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.

Holly Paton

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

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 JUM 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. Most recently, Patterson was the assistant coach for 15 Blue and is a lead for many setting camps. 

Robert Penland

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

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 II 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.

Julianne 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. 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 she 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 is in her third season on the Varsity Women's Rowing team. As a rower, Peters was in the stroke seat for the 3V8 who was named ACC Crew of the Week in the spring of 2018. She is also a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. In her spare time at UNC, she serves as a volunteer piano instructor for the UNC chapter of Musical Empowerment and a volunteer with the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center's Get Real and Heel program. She is working toward a double major in exercise & sport science and psychology, with a minor in biology.

Peters has been coaching at Triangle since her senior year of high school, working primarily with the 12u program and Triangle's camps and clinics programs. After graduation, she hopes to go to physical therapy school and her dream job is to be a physical therapist at a spinal cord rehabilitation center.

Dan Peters

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

Maddy Riley

Riley joins Triangle after moving from Charlottesville, Virginia. Maddy hails from Stuarts Draft, VA where she played both middle blocker and outside hitter. Riley was three time all-district, two time all-region, and first team all-state honoree and helped to lead the Stuarts Draft Cougars to a two state championship tournament berths. Riley played club volleyball throughout middle and high school and has two years of club coaching experience as well as having worked numerous camps and clinics.

Riley played beach volleyball for three years for Liberty University's Beach Club team while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Riley currently works as a registered orthopedic/trauma nurse at Duke University Medical Center.

Amaya Rousseau

Rousseau, a former Triangle player (2010-2012) and member of Wakefield High School’s 2013 NCHSAA state championship team, returns to Triangle to continue to pursue her love of volleyball.

Rousseau was a four-year middle blocker at Radford University. She earned Big South All-Conference Second Team and VaSID All-State Second Team honors her sophomore year. Rousseau was a key contributor to Radford's 2017 Big South Conference Championship season and the Highlanders NIT sweet 16 run made in her senior year. Her career at Radford has Rousseau standing third in school history in block assists and fifth in total number of blocks.

Also at Radford, Rousseau was active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee becoming president her junior year. Her leadership led to her being nominated by Radford’s Senior Women Administrators to participate in the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium. The symposium is developed for women aspiring to or just beginning a career in intercollegiate athletics.

While at Radford, Rousseau coached in clinics and summer camps. She also volunteered as an assistant in her spring season of her senior year with the women’s varsity team.

Rousseau graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and lives in Raleigh.

Stephanie Rudd

Rudd joined Triangle in 2016 and hails from New Jersey where she began playing volleyball at a young age. She was a varsity setter for her high school beginning her sophomore year and served as captain her senior year. Rudd also played for DIGS volleyball club throughout her middle and high school years. After high school graduation she attended James Madison University where she remained active playing in both indoor and sand leagues. Rudd graduated from JMU with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication studies. She currently resides in Raleigh and is serving as the JV coach at Ravenscroft.

Brieana (Brie) Saur

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

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

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

Jill Simpson

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

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

Katie Slay '10

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

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

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

Kelsey Smith

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

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

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

Danielle Stachura

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

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


Richard Tharrington

Tharrington joined Triangle in 2013 and has coached in the 11s-13s age groups in addition to numerous camps and clinics throughout the year. 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.

Mary Wands

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

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

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

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

Michael Webster

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

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

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

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


Emily Whitsett

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

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

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

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

Eric Wiles

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

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

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

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

Nicole Willis

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

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

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

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

Jeff Wismer

Assistant Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Ziskin

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.