Coaching Staff

Greg Gasper

greg.gasper@trianglevolleyball.org

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

Lauren Giles

Lauren.Giles@trianglevolleyball.org

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

brooks.gillerlain@trianglevolleyball.org

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

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

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

 

Alston Godbold '11

alston.godbold@trianglevolleyball.org

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

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

Godbold served as a student apprentice coach during her time at Triangle and officially joined the staff in 2010. She has been an assistant coach of 14 Black, 15 Black, and 16 Black. In 2014 she helped lead 16 Black to the 16 Open championship match at AAU Junior Nationals. This was Triangle’s first appearance in an open division national championship match along with Triangle’s highest finish at AAU Junior Nationals. 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

barry.gower@trianglevolleyball.org

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

Kristina Graven

kristina.graven@trianglevolleyball.org

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

lauren.grodi@trianglevolleyball.org

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.