Coaching Staff

Mary Walker

mary.walker@trianglevolleyball.org

Walker (formerly Jackson), a Cary native, returns to Triangle where she played club her sophomore year on 16 Blue. Previously she played five years of club at CCVC. Walker also attended and played volleyball at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh where she graduated in 2009. Walker attended Elon University and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. While at Elon, Walker played DS/libero on Elon’s club team and served as captain for two years. After graduation Walker continued her education at Duke University’s School of Medicine and earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2016.

Walker has club coaching experience with CCVC where she worked with their Developmental League program. She currently works at Pivot Physical Therapy in Cary.

Mary Wands

mary.wands@trianglevolleyball.org

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

michael.webster@trianglevolleyball.org

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

emily.whitsett@trianglevolleyball.org

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 her daughter, Stella.

Skylar Wine

Wine, a Phoenix native, is a current member of the University of North Carolina women's volleyball team majoring in Economics. She transferred to UNC from the University of the Pacific where she was an integral part of the women's indoor team as well as earning second team all-conference honors in beach volleyball. As a high school athlete, Wine garnered PrepVolleyball All-America and All-Arizona Team honors as a junior, was a two-time Division 2 first-team selection, and guided her team to back to back state championships. 

Wine will serve in a resource coach capacity during the 2019 season.