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NC Elite Master Coach Roster

About NC Elite's Master Coach Roster:

The NC Elite Master Coach Roster has been developed to provide all NC Elite coaches with the support, training, mentoring and advice necessary to help them lead their teams to success.  The NC Elite Master Coach has over 20 years of experience in athletics coaching, administration and elite / international level competition.  The NC Elite Master Coach will help coaches best leverage their strengths, develop in areas that support growth, and identify how to best utilize available resources for professional growth and continued learning.  Master Coaches have demonstrated throughout their careers the ability to live by and instill in others the NC Elite Core Values:

Confidence – in yourself and others
Competition – to push you to achieve your best
Compassion – to yourself and others
Perseverance – through successes and failures
Mindfulness – of your thoughts, words and behaviors
Leadership & Teamwork – to enable your team to achieve its best
Respect & Integrity – to all, at all times
Sportsmanship – in all that we do
Health, Wellness & Safety – in sport and in life
Service to Others – in our community and the world


Master Coach Gary DeJames
Founder, Executive Director and Board Member, NC Elite Volleyball Club

BS Health and Wellness / Coaching, SUNY Buffalo
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, National Academy of Sports Medicine

Club Coaching / Administration Experience:
NC Elite Volleyball Club (Founder, Executive Director and Coach)
NC Challengers Volleyball Club (Director and Coach)
Club Raleigh (Administrator and Coach)
PowerStation Volleyball Club, Buffalo NY (Coach)
Eden Volleyball Club, Buffalo NY (Coach)

High School Coaching Experience:
Sanderson High School, Raleigh NC
Broughton High School, Raleigh NC
St. Mary's School, Raleigh NC
Cresset Christian Academy, Durham NC
East Aurora High School, Buffalo NY
Lackawana High School, Buffalo NY



Master Coach Sandy Merkel-DeJames
Founder, President and Board Chair, NC Elite Volleyball Club