Coaching Staff

John Chang

john.chang@trianglevolleyball.org

Chang joined Triangle in 2014 and has served as the head coach of 14 White and 16 Silver and as assistant coach of 14 Black. Chang began playing volleyball while attending Cerritos College in California. He played both indoor and with the California Beach Volleyball Association. He began his coaching career after moving to Knoxville and has over 12 years of club coaching experience at Smoky Mountain Juniors, K2, and Knoxville Volleyball Academy. Chang and his family live in Chapel Hill.

Chad Christensen

chad.christensen@trianglevolleyball.org

Christensen joined Triangle in 2011 after moving to Raleigh from Chicago. He has served as an assistant coach in the 15s and 17s age groups, as well as a resource coach in Groups 1 and 2. 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. 

Kari Council

kari.council@trianglevolleyball.org

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.  

Ashleigh Crutcher '11

ashleigh.crutcher@trianglevolleyball.org

Crutcher began her playing career at Triangle in 2007 on 14 Black and was on the first 15s team (15 Black 2008) in North Carolina to qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals. Crutcher and Triangle 18 Black qualified in Open for USAV Junior Nationals in 2011 and earned a 13th place finish. She graduated from Cary Academy in 2011 and went on to a standout four-year career at the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Crutcher earned All-ACC First Team honors as a freshman, Second Team honors her sophomore year, and was AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2012. In the classroom Crutcher was tremendously successful making both the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and 2013 and the All-B1G Academic Team in 2014. Crutcher finished her indoor career at Maryland with 1,342 kills, ranking her fifth all-time in school history. Crutcher graduated from Maryland in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. After Maryland she went to UNC Wilmington to earn a master's degree in teaching. While at UNCW Crutcher played on their inaugural NCAA beach volleyball program.

Crutcher is currently living in Cary.

Fiona Cunningham Collichio

fiona.cunningham@trianglevolleyball.org

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

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

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