Triangle Club Leadership

Triangle Volleyball Club was founded in 2002 by three professional educators, who had experience and success as collegiate-level players and coaches. Since that time Triangle has assembled and maintained an administrative team of volleyball professionals that are considered among the best in the country. Located on site in Triangle's gym at the Wake Competition Center, Triangle's administrative team is actively engaged with our members, families and guests. An esteemed Board of Directors [found under the About Us tab] is comprised of volleyball and business professionals from within the Triangle community and beyond. The Board of Directors is charged with ensuring organizational and financial stability, sustainability, and continuity of mission and operations.
Staff Member Since

Sherry Fadool  -  President and Executive Director

sherry.fadool@trianglevolleyball.org

Fadool has served as Triangle’s Executive Director since July, 2011 after serving as Associate Director. Fadool began volunteering with Triangle in 2006 to provide marketing and operations support for Triangle’s newly commissioned Globe Center facility. Fadool’s focus on compliance, governance, and operational excellence provided the stability and structure needed to manage Triangle’s unprecedented growth from 2006-2010. She was hired as Triangle’s Director of Business Operations in 2007 and promoted to Associate Director in 2009. In 2013 Fadool led the expansion of Triangle’s Globe Center facility from four to seven courts allowing for significant team and program expansion. Fadool's boldest move was committing to be the first tenant in the newly established Wake Competition Center in Morrisville. In January, 2019 Triangle realized a long-term goal of having their own designed-to-suit facility. With over 46,000 square feet housing 8 oversized indoor courts, administrative offices, classroom, strength and conditioning space, full staff facilities, and 3 competition outdoor beach courts, Triangle's WCC facility is considered among the best in the Southeast. These accomplishments combined with her innovative approach to organizational development and business operations have helped distinguish Triangle as a market leader in youth sports.

Fadool has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Triangle’s extensive year-round slate of volleyball training. Her strength in strategic marketing management has played a key role in Triangle’s emergence as one of the premier clubs in the nation. Fadool has contributed to the comprehensiveness of Triangle’s club-wide training program by leading several injury prevention initiatives including the installation of an orthopedic subfloor, incorporation of the PowerCore 360™ hitting curriculum, and development of Triangle’s physical therapy interface with Trinity Wellness Center. These efforts to advance safety in sport led to Triangle receiving the 2018 National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. award.

In 2009, Fadool planned and executed on an eight-week time frame MAPL Raleigh, a 12-court convention center tournament which was the first-ever such event in Raleigh. In 2016 Triangle added the City of Oaks Challenge, a three-day event at the RCC over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The ongoing success of MAPL Raleigh and the introduction of City of Oaks Challenge has firmly established Triangle’s reputation among city leaders and the local business community as a respected contributor to downtown economic growth. These contributions are among those which led to Fadool’s selection in 2014 as a recipient of USA Volleyball’s Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award. Her contributions and that of Triangle to the economic development of downtown Raleigh were recognized in 2016 when Fadool received the most prestigious honor from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Thad Eure, Jr. Memorial award which recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to Wake County's hospitality industry.

Fadool was elected to the Junior Volleyball Association's [JVA] Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves on the Executive Board as Secretary. Fadool has presented multiple times at the AVCA annual conference and has participated in multiple webinars for the JVA.

Fadool holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Central Michigan and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in community organizations and the not-for-profit industry. Sherry and her husband, John, live in Raleigh. They have two adult children, Jeff and Michelle [Triangle Class of 2010].

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Junior Club Readiness in the COVID-19 Era | Getting Back to the Gym Safely & Responsibly, JVA webinar [May, 2020] with Steve Sack [ Michigan Elite] and Gabe Aramian [A5]
  • Strategies for Managing the Coach-Parent Relationship, 2015 AVCA Convention for JVA with Jodi Schramm [Premier VBC] and Deb Grafentin [The Volleyball Academy, TVA]
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage with a Consistent and Comprehensive Player Development Process, 2011 AVCA Convention with Mike Schall [Triangle]
  • Foundations of a Junior Volleyball Club, Part I and II, JVA Webinar [2010] with Casey Caram [Triangle]
  • 2016 recipient of the Thad Eure, Jr. Memorial Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • 2016 recipient of the JVA Above & Beyond award
  • 2014 recipient of USA Volleyball's Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award
  • AVCA Club Awards Committee Chairperson, 2016-2018
2006

Jenna Hinton  - Senior Director

jenna.hinton@trianglevolleyball.org

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. The Triangle 12U program grew to over 70 athletes in 2018, 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. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hinton serves as the Master coach for the 12U program at Triangle and was named the American Volleyball Coach's Association 12U National Coach of the Year in 2018.
  • Led her Triangle club teams to four [4] regional championships and six [6] USAV Junior National qualifications.
  • Guided her 2008 15 Black team to the first 15 Open bid in the history of the Carolina Region.
  • Earned the 2008 Robert L. Lindsey Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding contributions to North Carolina volleyball.
2004

Nikki O’Connell

Recruiting Coordinator & Technical Director

nikki.oconnell@trianglevolleyball.org

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 Prepvolleyball.com 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.

2007

Logan Barber  - Assistant Director

logan.barber@trianglevolleyball.org

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. 

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Named a 2019 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach National Award Winner
  • Barber led 2018 Triangle 18 Blue to a third-place finish at the Northeast Qualifier to qualify in the USA Division
  • Guided Cardinal Gibbons High School to six [6] NCHSAA State Championships since 2010
  • Coached 2014 Triangle 16 Blue to top-five finishes at Big South Qualifier and Lone Star Classic
2006

CJ Hunter

Assistant Director

cj.hunter@trianglevolleyball.org

Hunter joined Triangle's coaching staff in 2013 and has served as a resource, assistant and head coach at ages 13s-17s. 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.

SIGNIFICANT COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Hunter led 2020 Triangle 15 Blue to two [2] regional event first place finishes and two [2] top 10 finishes at national events, including a T5 finish at the Capitol Hill Classic in 15 Open.
  • Guided 2019 17 White to a top 10 finish [T9 out of 87 teams] in the Gold Bracket at the Northeast Qualifier, and mentored six future NCAA athletes on the squad. 
  • Coached 2018 14 Blue to the championship match at both MAPL Hampton and MAPL Raleigh, winning the Gold Medal at MAPL Raleigh in the Red Division [13s-14s].
  • Led 2016 Triangle 16 Silver to a T3 finish at the Capitol Hill Classic in 16 Club
  • Worked four seasons on staff as the DOVO with Duke Volleyball, which included one trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

 

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