Casey Laing - Volley U™ Program Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey Laing is a 2009 graduate of Wakefield High School where she was Academic All-Conference. She was a middle hitter for Triangle Volleyball Club. She graduated from Western Carolina University in May 2013 with a degree in Communication, Broadcasting. She continued to play volleyball for the Women’s Club Volleyball team at Western Carolina University where she was the President, Coach, and Captain her sophomore year through senior year. She led the team to a competitive regional level. She also taught volleyball at Camp Kanata. She has continued to play volleyball since college with some of the other VolleyU coaches in an adult league. This will be Casey's fifth season coaching VolleyU and she can't wait for the season to begin.
Madi Smith - Volley U™ Coach & VU Operations Assistant
Madi Smith graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill in May 2012 with degrees in Spanish and Global Studies. She currently lives in Durham and works at Duke. Madi has been playing volleyball for 15+ years and has played both defensive specialist and setter for Cary Y SpikeForce, Triangle VBC & Athens Drive High School. As a 2008 graduate of Athens Drive, she received Academic All-Conference recognition 3 years, All-Conference her junior and senior years, and was selected to play on the Tri-8 All-Star team her senior year. She continued to play in the intramural league and in sand tournaments at UNC and currently plays on a co-ed team in Durham. This is Madi's seventh year coaching with the Volley U™ program and she is excited to be back for another great season!
Wendy Alexander - Volley U™ Coach
Wendy is originally from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania where she was multi-sport stand out, team captain and all conference player. Wendy played JOs with Willow Pond Volleyball Club and her team was the first team from Pittsburgh to ever earn a bid to Junior Olympics. In college, Wendy played at East Carolina University. She was a setter and finished her career as an outside hitter. She holds multiple season records in kills, hitting and aces and digs. Wendy continued her career at ECU as the Assistant Volleyball Coach for two years. Most recently, Wendy was one of the original coaches with the Town of Morrisville Rec Dept., she coached both daughters for 6 years through their Minor (7-9yr) and Major (10-12) leagues. She reluctantly took the past few years off of coaching to enjoy watching her girls play. During that time, she integrated herself with NC Elite as parent volunteer & fundraising chair. Her father played a vital role in her passion for sports. He spent 25+ years coaching ice hockey & softball, and was a very influential role in her passion to both participate in and coach youth sports. Her hope is to carry on his legacy and continue to serve as a positive and enthusiastic force for student-athletes she coaches. She is excited to return to coaching with the 12U team for VolleyU. Wendy lives in Raleigh with her husband Bryan and their daughters, Emma (15) and Sara (13) who both play for NC Elite. She has 2 dogs, Maggie Mae & Abby.
Molly Crenshaw - Volley U™ Coach
Molly grew up in Raleigh and played at Broughton High School as well as with the Triangle Volleyball Club. She later played for Davidson College as a libero. She holds the second highest all-time dig record at the school. After graduating in 2013, she went to Washington, DC and coached with the Metro American Volleyball Club for the 2013-2014 club season. She coached the 16 Regional South team for one year and as work and school responsibilities increased, she was a volunteer position coach for the club for the next two years. She coached a 12s team for the VolleyU 2016-2017 season, and she is excited to be back to coach the sport she believes is the best team sport there is!
Nelle Durkee - Volley U™ Coach
Nelle graduated from Pinecrest High School in 2008 where she played varsity volleyball for four years, was captain, and earned All-Conference and Player of the Year. During the off-season, Nelle played for local JO clubs before eventually playing for FAVA (Fayetteville Area Volleyball Association) for her final JO season. Nelle continued playing volleyball competitively for NC State’s Club Volleyball team before transferring to Appalachian State where her club team won their division’s National Title. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree at Appalachian State, Nelle took a short break from competitive volleyball while she earned her Master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro. Now that she has settled in to her full-time job as a speech-language pathologist, Nelle continues to play competitively in an indoor women’s league and in outdoor double’s tournaments. Nelle has had exposure to multiple styles of coaching and hopes to share her 15+ years of experience in playing the game with the young women of NC Elite. Last seasons experience with the Local’s Only program ignited her love for coaching and she can’t wait to continue this journey with the young ladies of VolleyU!
Jordan Dye - Volley U™ Coach
Jordan is a recent graduate of Western Carolina University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She now works as a one-on-one with the Autism Society of NC. She has been involved with volleyball for over 10 years as a player, captain, and coach. She went to Jordan High School and played volleyball for all 4 years - her senior year (2013) JHS became conference champions for the first time since 1995. While in HS Jordan also played club volleyball at a local club in the triangle where she held the role as a captain for multiple seasons. Jordan continued to play volleyball at Western by joining the club team - her junior year the club team became regional champions by winning the regional tournament at UNC. While in college, Jordan also had the opportunity to be an assistant coach at a small local high school in Cashiers, NC where she was able to use her volleyball knowledge to help players develop and become confident in their skills. She hopes to use her playing experiences and her past experience as a coach to continue to help foster growth and confidence in players through VolleyU!
Kali Emans - Volley U™ Coach
From Bluffton, Ohio, Kali, most recently, was the JV volleyball coach at FVHS for the 2014-20215 season. Prior to that, she coached the 7th grade volleyball team at BMS while receiving her BA in Middle Childhood Education at Bluffton University. Also while in college, she coached ages 14-17 with the Golddiggers Volleyball club. Her playing experience involves high school play and intramural teams in college. She takes great interest in volleyball and basketball but particularly enjoys watching The Ohio State Buckeyes. Currently, Kali is in her 4th year teaching ESL at FVHS.
Carla Lunday - Volley U™ Coach
Carla Lunday is a recent graduate of Meredith College where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. She is now the design/marketing coordinator at Savvy Homes. She played volleyball her first two years Meredith College as outside hitter and DS/libero. At Eastern Alamance High School, she earned Mid-State 3A All-Conference Honors during her junior and senior years, was named into the Mid-State 3A All-Tournament Team her senior year and also served as team captain. She played for Alamance Force Volleyball Club and CHAVC, where she earned Carolina Region All-Tournament honors. This is Carla’s sixth year with VolleyU and is excited for another season!
Lizzie West - Volley U™ CoachLizzie West is a teacher at Joyner Elementary. She graduated from Elon University in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education. She played volleyball all four years and currently holds a record at Elon for second most service aces for a season. During her sophomore-senior seasons, she was ranked 40th in the NCAA for service aces per set and led the SoCon conference in aces. She was an academic all conference player every season but her first. Lizzie is a graduate of Apex High School where she was known as a player to watch, the offensive MVP, and defensive MVP. She coached for NC Elite in the past and is back for more fun with Volley U!