Coaches

MacKenzie Aries

MacKenzie Aries

Title: Setter Coach/Clinician/Private Lesson Coach & Recruiting Coach

Phone: (760) 809-2500

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MacKenzie played the setter position for four years at Pomona-Pitzer, a DIII college located in southern California. While in college, Kenzie was named AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention and graduated in four career record books and two single-season record books for assists, blocks, and digs. During her senior year, she was an assistant coach for the 16-Elite team at Club West. She graduated from Pitzer with a degree in Organizational Studies and an emphasis in team-building. 

After graduating from Pomona-Pitzer, Kenzie went on to coach at the University of Redlands, another DIII school in Southern California. While at Redlands, Kenzie completed her Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. In August 2014, she published an electronic book on volleyball recruiting titled "101+ Volleyball Tips: How to Get Recruited for College Volleyball." 

Kenzie began coaching at Meredith College in Raleigh in 2014 and will be entering her third season there as the assistant coach.

Hannah Blaylock

Hannah Blaylock

Title: Coach Alumnae

Phone: (336) 514-5241

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Hannah Blaylock is a Junior at Meredith College, where she is majoring in Accounting. She is the starting setter for the Meredith Angels Volleyball Team and earned Rookie of the Week honors. Last season, the Angels finished second in the USA South North Division. During her freshman year, she broke school record for most assists in a season with a total of 1045. She also received USA South All-Academic her freshman year and All-Conference Honorable Mention her freshman and sophomore year.  Hannah is a 2014 graduate of Person High School where she played varsity volleyball for three years. She was captain her senior year, earning Athlete of the Week, All-Conference, and was named the Most Outstanding Volleyball Player, along with Media Athlete Player of the Year. Hannah has played volleyball for seven years. She was an NC Elite student athlete for three seasons. Hannah is very excited about being back where she started volleyball and being ELITE! This is her third season coaching and she loves it!

Ben Boncella

Ben Boncella

Title: Coach

Ben is a recent graduate of the University of Mount Olive, with a B.S. in Accounting. The Erie, PA native played 4 years of high school volleyball at McDowell High School where he was captain his senior season and earned 2nd team All-District. Ben also played for Tool City Volleyball Club for 4 years. Ben came to North Carolina to pursue DI/II men’s collegiate level volleyball at the University of Mount Olive. During his time as a student-athlete, he has been exposed to a variety of different coaching styles, techniques, and strategies. At UMO he received the Conference Carolinas All Academic award during each semester he was on the team, but after two and a half years on the team, he decided to focus on academics and professional goals. Now, he is looking forward to teaching others the sport that he fell in love with.

Paige Cox

Paige Cox

Title: Coach

Phone: (336) 504-5632

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Paige is in her fifth season as a club coach at NC Elite  She has coached at the Black and Cardinal levels for several years. After being introduced to volleyball in 3rd grade, Paige invested a great deal of time and effort into developing as a player.  Paige was a three-time letter winner at Person High School and made three appearances in the State Championships, winning two titles.  Paige played high level club volleyball for many years.  She has spent time as a setter and defensive specialist/libero. During her high school and college years she spent time working with the youth of Person County at the recreation department where she continues to play.  She played under Gary’s leadership at NC Challengers.  She went to University of  North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Athletic Training. She is in her fourth year teaching Health and PE and Person High School.

 

Gary DeJames

Title: Founder, Executive Director

Phone: (919) 264-7492

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Gary is one of the founding members of NC Elite Volleyball Club and has been the acting Executive Director since the club’s inception in 2007. Gary will continue in his role for upcoming season and provide leadership, vision and oversight to ensure NC Elite Volleyball Club has a bright future by building on to the club’s existing foundation. Gary’s intent is for NC Elite to provide a learning atmosphere that is positive, fun, motivating, and will continue to encourage our student-athletes to excel and reach their true potential. Gary has been involved in coaching club volleyball in the Carolina Region since 2001. During which time he coached his teams to 9 Carolina Region Championships victories, competed in 10 USAV National Championships and once in the USAV National Invitational. Gary has also coached at numerous high schools in NC including : Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh (3 seasons), Sanderson High School in Raleigh (3 seasons), Broughton (1 season) and Cresset Christian Academy in Durham (1 season). Honors included: Cap-6 Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 (Sanderson) and Carolina Christian Conference Coach of the Year in 1998(Cresset) . Before moving to the Carolinas, Gary coached boys’ high school and JO volleyball in Buffalo New York. Gary is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo where he finished with a B.S. in Health and Wellness and a minor in Coaching and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (Certifications: NASM -National Academy of Sports Medicine). Currently, Gary works for Becton Dickinson Diagnostics as the Point of Care Sales Manager.

Katie (Tatum) DeVillier

Katie (Tatum) DeVillier

Title: Head & PST Coach/CAP Certified/Alum 2010

Phone: (336) 583-6121

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Katie is an NC Elite Alumnae who played under Coach Gary DeJames for five seasons.  She was a recruited outside hitter at  University of Central Florida before transferring to UNC Wilmington as a Student Assistant due to a career ending injury.  She worked at Captain Bill’s in Wilmington as an official while in college and also coached for Cape Fear Volleyball Club and NC Elite Coastal satelllite program working with 15s, 16s and 17s.  Katie has a tremendous volleyball background and a number of successes throughout her career.  She was named PAC6 Conference Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons and a two-time NC 4A State Champion as well as a four-time PAC6 Conference Champion which included an undefeated league record during her senior run.  Katie holds multiple NC regional champion honors.  She was a participant of USAV High Performance Program making the National A2 Team in 2010.  Katie has been an avid outdoor player since high school and holds many tournament wins and a regional championship and national bid for sand doubles with her partner and NC Elite Alumnae, Melissa Zidar.  Katie graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2014 with her Elementary Education Degree.  She enters her third year of teaching and is a math interventionist at Roxboro Community School.  Katie resides in Roxboro with her husband Phil and their dogs, Bear and Lulu.

Taylor Dickens

Title: Assistant Coach & Alumnae

Phone: (919) 880-1553

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Taylor is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University where she played one season as a setter/ right side hitter. She graduated from St. David’s School in 2012 where she played on varsity for four years. She was All-Conference and All-State her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and Player of the Year her senior year. She played on NC Elite her 17s and 18s years. She is excited to be back in Raleigh and helping out at NC Elite.

Jeff Dobert

Jeff Dobert

Title: Locals Only Program Director/Head Coach/Private Lesson/Clinician/PST Coach

Phone: (919) 353-4444

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Jeff is from upstate New York where he played as an outside hitter in high school and served as team captain. After high school, he shipped off to Parris Island, SC for Marine Corps boot camp. As a Marine, Jeff was selected to play for the All-Marine Volleyball team for 3 years as an outside hitter and defensive specialist. In 2004 and 2005, Jeff deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom III.”

Jeff has been coaching since 2003, starting as an assistant coach to the Makai Wahine out of Havelock, NC before moving to Raleigh where he coached with Triangle Volleyball club from 2006-2010.  He has served as a Carolina Region High Performance Boys National Team coach for 2 consecutive seasons.  He has coached at the Division II & III collegiate level at Brevard College, Peace College, Central Carolina Community College and Wake Technical Community College. Jeff is currently serving as the head Junior Varsity coach for Athens Drive High School in Cary, NC. Jeff is an avid outdoor doubles grass player and competes in the open/gold division among the region’s top competitors.

Jeff has degrees in Computer Integrated Machining(CNC), Welding Technologies and is currently attending Central Carolina for is third degree Computer Integrated Design(CAD/CAM). This will be Jeff’s fifth season with NC Elite.

Kendall Douglas

Title: Coach

Phone: (252) 341-0556

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Kendall Douglas is originally from Greenville, NC, but lives in Chapel Hill where she is a Junior at UNC. She was introduced to volleyball in the 3rd grade when her older sister started playing. She started playing club in 5th grade, and she continued to play club at East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club until she graduated high school. Kendall played at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, and was a captain on the JV team as a freshman. The next 3 years she played Varsity, and went on to being a member of the all-confrence team during her senior year. During high school she was a hitter, and played all 3 hitting positions throughout the 3 years. At ECJVC, her primary positions were outside and middle hitter. She also coached at ECJVC her senior year of high school for a 14s team and helped out with beginners clinics during the summer. Kendall is currently a Psychology and Exercise and Sports Science major with hopes of going to Occupational Therapy school after graduation. She is a Manager for the UNC Volleyball Team.

Renata Fecteau

Renata Fecteau

Title: Volley Uâ„¢ Director & Club Clinician

Phone: (919) 557-5610

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Renata Fecteau was the Varsity Coach at FVHS for the four seasons with another two years at the JV level in 2005 and 2006. She has coached club volleyball for the past several years with area clubs including NC Challengers, Triangle VBC and FVAA Select. She has 30+ years of playing experience in both indoors and outdoor doubles. Renata helped form the rec youth volleyball program in Fuquay Varina years ago and currently runs the youth volleyball indoor and grass programs at the Kraft YMCA in Holly Springs. She developed the Volley U™ Developmental Program with NC Elite in 2010 and expects another successful upcoming season.

Virginia Fitch

Title: Head Coach PST Coach Alumnae 2010

Phone: (919) 608-2946

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Virginia is looking forward to her sixth season at NC Elite. Coach V played for NC Elite as a Middle Blocker for two years under Coaches Gary DeJames, Scott Crisco, John Dillinger, and Jamie Hall. After graduating from Sanderson High School in 2010, Virginia continued her career at American University in Washington, DC. After playing for American during her Freshman and Sophomore seasons, Virginia continued to play at East Carolina University; and is a proud 2014 Pirate graduate. Coach V's first two coaching seasons at Elite were with VolleyU. During the 2014-2015 season, Coach V was the head coach for 14 Silver, and assistant to the 14 AAU team. Coach V especially enjoys helping student-athletes achieve their volleyball goals.

Sarah Frey

Sarah Frey

Title: Coach

Phone: (919) 559-2993

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Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with degrees in Psychology and Biology. She played 4 years of high school volleyball at Broughton High School in Raleigh, where she was the starting setter and made All- Conference 4 years in a row. Sarah also played 5 years of club volleyball for a number of clubs in the triangle area. During her time at Carolina, she focused on her studies and volunteer opportunities with young people in the area. Sarah has spent the past couple years working with the YMCA of the Triangle as a Youth Development Director, leading teens and youth, through leadership development clubs, summer day camps, and after school programs. Sarah is looking forward to getting back into the game she loves as a coach this season with NC Elite!  

Mark Glende

Mark Glende

Title: Coach

Phone: (585) 472-2721

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Mark started coaching with NC Elite in 2011. In five seasons working with 14’, 15’s, and16’s those teams have gone on to collect a total of ten medals, while also helping to produce multiple Division I student-athletes.  Prior to joining NC Elite, Mark played at the High School and Collegiate levels where he was an Outside Hitter and Libero.  During his college career he was fortunate to play in two Molten Division III National Championships in 2004 & 2005 earning a 2nd and 4th place finish.  While continuing his play post-college at the USAV Club level, he also started his coaching career in his hometown of Webster, NY where he spent three years working with the coaches who gave him the foundation of the skills and knowledge that he hopes to pass on to those he coaches.  As the 2016-2017 season approaches, he looks forward to another year of sharing the sport he loves with the next generation. 

 

Alexandra Halfiger

Title: Coach

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Anne Hudson

Title: Assistant Coach & Alumnae

Phone: (919) 699-8010

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Anna Huff

Anna Huff

Title: Coach

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Anna graduated from Harrells Christian Academy.  She played for NC Elite Coach, Katie Tatum during her junior and senior varsity seasons earning All Conference honors and being awarded Most Outstanding Offensive Player senior year. Played for Cape Fear Volleyball Club and joined NC Elite Coastal senior year helping our team win the 17s Division at Monument City Classic and placing 11th at the AAU National Championships.  Anna is currently a Middle Blocker/Right Side Hitter at Meredith College pursuing a degree in exercise sports science with hopes of attending physical therapy school. Last season, she helped the Angels claim the USA South North Division Regular Season Championship title. She earned USA-South All Academic Honors. Anna is excited to be joining the coaching staff in her second season with NC Elite.

Grace Irvin

Title: Resource Coach Alumnae 2016 Wolfpack Student Athlete

Grace is a senior at Raleigh Charter High School where she has been a starter for four years, two of which served as Captain. She has been a state runner-up for two consecutive years and has made all-conference team three years in a row. Grace committed to play at NC State as a sophomore in high school and will begin in the Fall of 2016.  She has played at NC Elite for six years.  This will be her second year coaching for NC Elite. She was the student assistant coach for 14 Silver this past season, and will be the assistant coach for 14 White this season. Grace received the NCHSAA Wells Fargo Sportsmanship Award during her sophomore year at the High School State Championship. She received AAU Volleyball Academic All American honors in her junior year. Grace has participated in Student Government Association for the past four years, and she is currently President

Maddie Irvin

Maddie Irvin

Title: Head Coach Alumnae 2012

Phone: (919) 906-6964

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Maddie graduated from Raleigh Charter High School in 2012 where she played varsity volleyball for four years, was a captain in her senior year, and earned the coach's award prior to graduating. She has played volleyball for eight years, two of which included NC Elite for 17's and 18's. Maddie recently graduated from William Peace University where she played as a DS/Libero for four years, breaking two university career records in her time. She obtained a major in psychology and a minor in biology. She has previously coached and worked with 12's, 13's, 16's and the Locals Only program at NC Elite. This will be her fifth year coaching..

Katherine Jacob

Katherine Jacob

Title: Coach

Phone: (630) 408-6569

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Kat is from Chicago Illinois where she played as a right side hitter at Downers Grove High School. She also played right side for her club team at 1st Alliance VBC for 4 years.  After high school she attended Robert Morris University as an outside hitter where she earned the All Conference and MVP award as a freshman. Kat then transferred to Eastern Illinois University where she played as a libero her last 3 years and graduated with a Sports Management degree in 2013.  Kat has been coaching for 4 years. She has experience with two different teams in the Chicago area as well as coaching at her high school alum as a varsity assistant for 1 year.  She will also be starting her first season as the varsity head coach at Wake Forest High School. She is excited to be here at NC Elite for her second season and is looking forward to a successful year ahead.

 

Adria Johnson

Title: Resource Coach Alumnae 2015

Adria is a freshman at Pepperdine University. She graduated from Cary Christian School where she was a record breaking outside hitter. She is an All Conference and All State player for her school. At Cary Christian School, Adria has assisted at the middle school practices. Adria played two seasons with NC Elite. During the 2012-2013 season, Adria was awarded the NC Elite Leadership Award and All Tournament honors at the Carolina Region Championships. She has previously volunteered at 13s, 14s, and 15s practices where she demonstrates her love not only for the game but also younger athletes. Adria spends a lot of time in our gym when she is home from California.

Traci (Stewart) Johnson

Traci (Stewart) Johnson

Title: Coach

Phone: (336) 202-3335

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Traci graduated from Elon University '12 where she was captain of the Elon volleyball team for both her junior and senior seasons. She played as a right side hitter during her for years at Elon. Traci graduated with degrees in Marketing and Spanish. At Elon, she graduated among the top five on the team in for major statistical categories. Her sophomore season she was named team MVP and All-Southern Conference. She was also a member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll for all four years of her career. She received her Masters in International Higher Education and now works as an advisor at Meredith College. She attended Northwest Guilford high school and was a four year letter winner, two time All Area player of the year, three-time Metro 4-A player of the year, and three-time All-Conference team member. Traci returns to coaching after time off to get married. She has coached at the 16 Cardinal level int he past. She also coached Elon Volleyball Camps from 2008-2016. Traci lives in Raleigh with her husband, Jeffrey.

Kassie Kasper

Title: Coach & Wolfpack Student Athlete

Phone: (815) 276-1063

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Shasta Kidder (Versteeg)

Shasta Kidder (Versteeg)

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (919) 623-4555

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Shasta graduated from UNCW with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in French. She moved to Raleigh nearly three years ago where she started a career working in cancer research. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Coach Steve Kidder and her rescue dog, Onyx. Shasta played volleyball at United Faith Christian Academy and played four years of college club volleyball at UNC Wilmington. She enjoys sand volleyball and is a competitive player. She coached for CCVC/TCA for one year followed by coaching the JV volleyball team for two years at NRCA. She also coached for United Volleyball for two years. She has had the opportunity to coach one of the USA high school volleyball teams in two tournaments in the Bahamas where her team came in second place and first place.

 

Meagan Kimbrough (Tatum)

Meagan Kimbrough (Tatum)

Title: Coach, Clinician, Uniform Coordinator & Alumnae 2008

Phone: (336) 583-4539

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Meagan Tatum graduated from Cornell University ’12 where she was Captain of the Cornell Volleyball Team for both her junior and senior seasons.  She has played as both an outside and right side hitter during her career at Cornell.  Meagan graduated an Art History Major and is currently teaching Art at Bethel Hill Charter School for grades K-6.  She is also the Head Volleyball Coach at Roxboro Community High School where she was named Coach of the Year for each year she has coached 2012-2016 for the Carolina 12 1A Conference.  Meagan has coached at all levels and ages.   During high school, Meagan was a four-time letter winner at Person High School and made three appearances in the State Championships winning two titles and being named MVP in her senior year.  Meagan hails multiple All-Tournament selections and was named as an Academic All-American in her senior year of high school. She played for both Coach Gary DeJames and Coach Sandy Merkel-DeJames and earned a bid to nationals and committed to Cornell under their coaching. Meagan also participated in many outdoor events at both the junior and adult level and earned several tournament wins.  Meagan continues to play grass and sand volleyball.  She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, Phillip.

Saraya Klink

Title: Assistant Coach Alumnae 2014

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Saraya fell in love with volleyball in the fourth grade in a friend's backyard. Since then, she has been playing volleyball and growing in her love and knowledge of the game. Saraya played all four years in high school and was named second team all conference in both her junior and senior year. Since graduation, Saraya played for the Wake Tech's women's volleyball team for her freshman and sophomore year.  During her freshman year she was named Region X Player of the Year and Second Team All-American. She was named to the All Region Team her sophomore year.  Saraya has transferred to Shaw University where she will be a member of the Lady Bears women's volleyball team.  While there she will be studying to become an athletic trainer.  Saraya is a four year student athlete and 2014 alumnae of NC Elite.

Alisha Laing

Alisha Laing

Title: Coach

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Alisha returns for her second season as an NC Elite coach.  She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) with a B.S. in clinical exercise science. She completed her eligibility as a team captain at GVSU after transferring from the University of Georgia, where she played for two years. Alisha earned Academic All-SEC as well as Academic All-GLIAC honors. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 2010 and earned all-state honors her sophomore through senior year. Additionally, she was the Kalamazoo Gazette Class C/D Player of the Year in 2008. Alisha has been coaching volleyball for the past 4 years, first with Georgia Juniors and most recently with Michigan Volleyball Academy. She is currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Duke University.

Romel Lightbourn

Romel Lightbourn

Title: Associate Director/Head Coach/Private Lesson/Clinician/PST Director

Phone: (919) 539-2110

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Romel brings 17+ years of volleyball experience to NC Elite as both player and coach.  Romel graduated from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  He participated in track and field and accomplished All American honors each season.  Post-graduation, Romel pursued a beach volleyball career in California at the international level (FIVB and AVP).  While transitioning from indoor to outdoor he began his volleyball coaching career on the legendary State Beach in California.   He has played on the Bahamas Beach Volleyball National Team, International Jammer Volleyball, Bahamas Senior National Volleyball Team as well as their Junior National Volleyball Team.  Romel has enjoyed coaching in the region since 2006 and looks forward to serving as Associate Director and sharing his expertise and experiences with all of the student athletes and coaches at NC Elite.  He has earned many recognitions some of which include All Region and All Tournament accolades as well as 3rd place in both  1st round World Championship Qualifier in 2010 and 2nd round of World Championship Qualifier 2010 in Jamaica and Cuba, respectively.  Romel has built great relationships with many college coaches while helping assist in the recruiting process for our student athletes and he has coached all ages from 13-18 and it is only fitting that he serve all of the student athletes and coaches in the club. 

Keegan Lynch

Title: Assistant Coach

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Keegan is a Senior at Meredith College, where she is majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Nutrition with a K-12 Licensure. She is a Libero/DS at Meredith, where they came in second in the USA south conference last season. Keegan is a graduate of Pinecrest High School in 2013 where she graduated with 11 varsity letters and played varsity volleyball for 3 years. She was named captain her senior volleyball season where she earned honorable mention honors in her junior and senior years. She began playing volleyball in 7th grade and played club for AC Sandhills. Keegan started her high school career as a setter but transitioned  to the Libero/DS position during high school.This is her second year at NC Elite and is excited for the season ahead. 

Jessica McKeon (Clayton)

Jessica McKeon (Clayton)

Title: Coach

Phone: (919) 810-1203

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Jessica is in her third season as a club coach at NC Elite. After being introduced to volleyball in ninth grade, Jessica was a three-time letter winner at Person High School and made an appearance in the State Championships as a senior.  She went on to play at Gardner-Webb University as a middle blocker.  Jessica graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education and currently teaches 5th grade at Apex Elementary. 

Andrew McMurray

Title: Coach

Phone: (919) 306-4794

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Tacara Moxey

Title: Coach

Phone: (919) 673-2079

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Elizabeth Pattison

Title: Assistant Coach

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~~Elizabeth Pattison is currenthly a junior right side hitter for Meredith College. In high school, Elizabeth was a volleyball standout at Cuthbertson High School - a four year varsity athlete, team captain, MVP and All-Conference in 2012, she played for three years with Carolina Union Volleyball Club.  Elizabeth began gaining valuable coaching experience in high school, working at an annual volleyball summer camp for middle schoolers. Last year, she was able to work as a resource coach at Triangle Volleyball club. She has also coached at the Meredith College camp, working with athletes of all ages. This past year she helped Meredith claim the USA South North Division Regular Season Championship and has also earned USA South Conference second team honors.

Amanda Pierce

Title: Coach

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Amanda Pierce - Locals Only Coach
amandapierce.3@gmail.com

Amanda is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a degree in Middle Grades Education. She began playing volleyball in middle school and played four years of high school varsity at Garner High School. Amanda was an outside hitter. She also played two years of club volleyball in the triangle area during high school and two yars of club volleyball in college. She has been a coach for 3 middle school teams in Clatyon and Fayetteville and two club teams in Johnston County. Amanda is currently a 6th grade math teacher in Rolesville, and is super excited about her first season with Elite.

Danielle (Dani) Plante

Danielle (Dani) Plante

Title: Coach & Alumnae 2011

Danielle, a recent graduate from the University of Mount Olive, joins NC Elite to coach her first season. With a degree in Recreational Therapy, her dream is to help those that have disabilities feel “normal” through the use of recreation and leisure. Danielle played volleyball at Fuquay-Varina High School and was a part of the varsity team for 3 years. Through playing club volleyball at NC Elite, she was recruited by the University of Mount Olive as an outside hitter in 2012.  During her athletic career, she was nominated by her coach to attend UMO Leadership Program, received the All-Tournament Team Award, Conference Carolina All Academic Award, became an opposite hitter, and was named captain for her senior season. Along with her athletics, Danielle was an Ambassador for the University and was nominated for homecoming court in 2015. During summer breaks, Danielle assists with summer volleyball workouts at her high school with girls ranging from ages 13-17.

Mackenzie Reaves

Title: Resource Coach Alumnae 2015

Mackenzie is currently a freshman at Lindsey-Wilson College after her high school career at Holly Springs where she has been a four-year varsity starter and team captain, as well as, a three-year all-conference selection, while earning the school’s all-time assist record at the setter position. After helping develop and coach Holly Springs High School’s entry in sand volleyball in 2014, Mackenzie will enter her eighth season of club volleyball playing at the national level, the past three of which at NC Elite, and her first as a coach for the club.  In 2015, Mackenzie has committed to play at the collegiate level by signing a National Letter of Intent to play for Coach Andy Cavins at NAIA volleyball powerhouse, Lindsey Wilson College, located in Columbia, Kentucky, where she intends to major in Psychophysiology.

Micholene Schumacher

Micholene Schumacher

Title: Director of Operations

Phone: (336) 583-5823

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Micholene began her volleyball coaching career 13 years ago. She has coached many undefeated school seasons as the head coach at both Northern Middle School and Roxboro Community School in Roxboro, NC. Micholene has coached conference, regional, state and national championship teams. In 2011, Micholene coached her team to a 16U AAU National Title in 2011 in Orlando, FL (one of three national titles brought home to the Carolina Region in its thirty year history). She has coached 13s-18s as well as 7-10U. She has also worked as a program instructor for a local club’s Youth Volleyball Program. Micholene has a passion for the sport and that is evident in the volleyball successes of her family. Micholene has four daughters, three of whom played Division I volleyball and who now coach Roxboro Community School’s high school team together and are members of the NC Elite coaching staff. The fourth and youngest is in her sixth year at NC Elite.

As one of the founding members of NC Elite, Micholene has watched and been instrumental in the club's explosive growth from two teams to over 20 during the course of the last decade. During those ten years Micholene has built many professional relationships with college coaches, tournament directors, hotel executives and other club directors in an effort to ensure the best experience for our families. Micholene took on the daily operations of the club from its inception and her role is multi-faceted. Micholene serves our families in many capacities.  She handles all club communications, secures hotels and flights and manages the booking process with our families. She is responsible for billing, chaperones, website maintenance, human resources, print materials, tournament registrations and rosters. Micholene is here to help our families and coaches. She enjoys serving our families and is happy to guide and assist throughout the entire NC Elite experience.

Jill Shanahan

Jill Shanahan

Title: Coach

Phone: (919) 606-2080

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Jill has been playing volleyball for over 30years. She graduated from Clarkson University in upstate NY with a degree on Mathematics and played all 4 years on the collegiate team.  After college, Jill continued to participate in USAV tournaments and outdoor doubles. After moving to North Carolina in the early 2000’s she started coaching with CCVC, helping out with the developmental league and as a head 16s coach until the birth of her third child. In the past few years, Jill started coaching again and is currently the Co-Coordinator of the Kraft YMCA Volleyball Program in Apex. She is also the Head Coach of the Carnage Magnet Middle School Team in Raleigh, where she led them to conference champs in 2015/16. 

 

Jill Simpson

Jill Simpson

Title: Positive Development Advocate/Head Coach/Private Lesson/Clinician/PST Coach

Phone: (919) 475-1142

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Jill is originally from Aurora, Colorado where she was the first 4-year letter winner in volleyball at Overland High School and a 2-time letter winner in track and field. During her high school volleyball career her team won the State 4A title 2 times and she was named to All-State and All-Conference teams each year.  She was also named KACT-TV Colorado Player of the Year as a sophomore. Jill played for Front Range and Boulder Volleyball Club where she was a 4 year Junior Olympian. Jill was highly recruited to some of the top programs in the country and chose to continue her career at The University of North Carolina where she was a 4-year letterman as a middle hitter. She was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and was named Rookie of the Year. While playing at UNC she also coached Carolina Volleyball Camps on and off-site. When her college career was over she coached for a Durham based 13U club team.  She is currently a varsity coach at Durham School of the Arts. Jill has previously coached 16 Black at NC Elite and is excited to be coaching 17 Black this year.  

Jill also serves as the NC Elite Positive Development Advocate. She is passionate about growth mindset, positive coaching techniques and player empowerment and will work with our coaches and players to give them the tools they need to become the best they can be, on and off the court! 

Jill is a small business owner in Durham where she resides with her husband, Stewart, 2 children, Lande (15) and Ryal (12) and their dog, Ringo.

Lindsay Smith (Hamrick)

Lindsay Smith (Hamrick)

Title: Coach

Phone: (704) 718-2977

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Lindsay has been around volleyball as a player and coach for over 15 years. As a player, she helped lead her high school team to a AAA state championship and went on to UNC-Chapel Hill and was an integral member of the women’s club volleyball team.  Lindsay still plays volleyball competitively from indoor sixes to outdoor doubles.  Lindsay first began coaching club volleyball in 2004 with a 13 and under team based out of Chapel Hill.  She has continued to grow as a coach throughout the years and has worked with 13s, 14s, 15s while at NC Elite. Lindsay now lives in Durham and works at Duke University.

Julie Stallman

Julie Stallman

Title: Social Media Promotions

Phone: (919) 696-6423

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Freelance graphic designer, copywriter, retail store owner, training director, and many things in between, Julie is a communications and graphic design professional who honed her skills on both coasts working in Virginia, California, Minnesota and finally back east in Cary, NC where she lives with her husband Chris and her two active teenagers, including NC Elite athlete Kelsey.

When Julie’s not on a tennis court, playing sherpa to her triathlete husband or shuttling her kids to their myriad practices, lessons, tournaments and social outings, she tries to get a little work done. She currently work for a small software company as their Marketing Coordinator. She’s happiest when she’s juggling multiple creative projects and learning something new. If she manages to find a free hour or two, Julie can be found binge-watching her favorite shows (The Walking Dead, duh), reading or catching up with friends over a glass of wine.

Molly Tatum

Molly Tatum

Title: Head & PST Coach/CAP Certified/Alum 2013/NCE Nat'l Champion

Phone: (336) 583-9735

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Molly is an NC Elite Alumnae. She was on our first satellite team and on national level teams from 14U-18U.  She was named MVP to NC Elite's only National Championship AAU Team in 2011. At the end of her NC Elite career as a player she earned the Commitment Award. Molly was a six rotation outside hitter at Cape Fear Community College before transferring to University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she played her Sophomore season. After her collegiate experience, she worked as an official as well as played at Captain Bills in Wilmington while in college. Molly was a head Junior Varsity Coach at Coastal Christian High School, coached a 16U team at NC Elite Coastal satellite, and 15U team at Cape Fear Volleyball Club also in Wilmington. Molly returned to the Triangle last Spring to coach 15 Cardinal after her Cape Fear season concluded. Molly's college coach shared that her volleyball IQ cannot be taught even over the course of four years. She has a tremendous volleyball background and a number of successes throughout her career. She was named MVP of a National Championship team and she was an All Conference Player in college. Molly will be serving as an Assistant Coach for Roxboro Community School for the upcoming high school season where she is a record holder. Molly has also provided administrative support to our Admin team and recently obtained her National CAP I Certification. We are happy to welcome her back. 

 

 

Tracey Vaughan

Tracey Vaughan

Title: Coach

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Tracey Vaughan is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she played  sand volleyball. She also enjoys grass volleyball. Tracey played on the Person High School PAC6 Championship team. Tracey played club ball with Jammers through high school and is currenlty serving as the Head JV and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at her home town high school.

Tracey majored in elementary education and is now in her second year of teaching at South Elementary in Roxboro. 

Nicole Willis

Nicole Willis

Title: Head & PST Coach Alumnae 2010 Player Liason

Phone: (919) 816-6377

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Nicole graduated from East Carolina University ’14 where she served as Captain her senior year, and played an integral role in one of the programs most successful seasons. Nicole played as a right side and outside hitter for the Pirates. Nicole earned her masters degree in Elementary Education at East Carolina in 2015. As a member of the charter team at NC Elite, Nicole played under Gary DeJames for five seasons. She was a participant of the USAV High Performance Program, joining the National A2 Team in 2009. Coaching experience includes LSU Summer Volleyball Camp, East Carolina Summer Volleyball camps, Magellan Charter School Summer Volleyball Camps, Head 12U coach at ECJVC in Greenville, NC, and most recently, as head coach for NC Elite's 14 Black team. Currently Nicole lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina teaching 3rd grade at Honeycutt Elementary. We look forward to having Nicole head a Raleigh national level team at the younger ages focusing on fundamentals, discipline and increased knowledge of the game..