Coaches

We are very proud of our hard-working and accomplished coaches at CHAVC. We seek out coaches who are not only top-quality volleyball instructors, but also positive and caring people. Click on a name to email a coach if you would like to inquire about private lessons.

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Nick Allen
PST / 17 Black Head Coach

Nick played as a starting middle blocker for Virginia Tech's Men's Volleyball Club for four years while completing honors degrees in Literature and Professional & Technical writing. He helped the team win two ECVA championships, two Hoosier-Illini Classic titles, two Michigan State Hardwood Classic titles, as well as three top 8 finishes at the NCVF National Tournament. His personal accolades include ECVA and NCVF All-Tournament team honors his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Additionally, he won a number of big money tournaments with JAAIRO Volleyball Club after graduation.

Nick has coached indoor volleyball camps at all age and skill levels at Richmond Volleyball Club where he grew up. He also worked with the Virginia Tech Women's Team during his undergraduate career. He's looking forward to his first year as a CHAVC coach!

Nick is currently working on his Master's degree at UNC. Outside of coaching and school, Nick enjoys sand volleyball and hiking, and is an avid folk fiddle and mandolin player.
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Tristy Bittikofer
Resource Coach
Private Lessons Available at $70

Tristy spent five years as the Director of Staff, Director of Recruiting and Director of Player Development in addition to being a Head Coach with the NC Elite Volleyball Club. Prior to that she spent six years with the Triangle Volleyball Club as the Director of Staff, Director of the Volleyshop and 14 Black Head Coach. She has coached her teams to 6 Carolina region championships and 2 Atlantic Coast Power League Championships. As a Recruiting Director she has helped 72 student athletes achieve their goal of playing volleyball at the collegiate level, 34 of whom continued to the NCAA division I level. She is CAP II, Beach CAP and IMPACT certified with USA volleyball.

At St. Andrews Presbyterian College ('92-'96) she was a two-sport standout and earned all-conference honors in both volleyball and softball a total of seven times. Tristy helped St. Andrews capture four consecutive conference titles, including a NAIA National Championship run in 1993.

Tristy is an avid sand player. In 2008 she represented the USA playing on a professional international tour in Turkey. The six week tour concluded with USA finishing second overall. In 2010 she had her best year ever winning a total of 23 outdoor tournaments including sand and grass doubles, coed, king/queen and triples. In 2012 she finished 3rd in the EVP world Championships. She finished in the top ten Volleyamerica Grand Prix rankings for 5 consecutive years ('11-'15).

Originally from upstate New York, Tristy was a three-sport athlete in high school and has been inducted into her high school's inaugural Hall of Fame class.

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Kayla Dempsey
Resource and Setting Coach
Private Lessons Available at $60

Kayla Austin is a Chapel Hill native who was an All-Conference setter for East Chapel Hill High School. She played club for CHAVC and Triangle Volleyball club before going on to play at Division II Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Communications. During the summers Kayla coached summer camps at both Rollins and Triangle. After receiving her masters degree in Indiana Kayla came back to NC to coach for CHAVC and enjoys seeing young women grow and develop both on and off the court. When she is not coaching you can find her at the gym, watching Netflix or baking!

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Maredith Devlin
Resource Coach

Maredith is from nearby Durham and has played in local volleyball clubs for six years. She is currently a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill and is playing as an outside hitter for the UNC Women’s Club Volleyball team. She also has experience as right side and middle hitter. In high school, Maredith was All-Conference in three sports, and was a five-year starter in varsity volleyball at Cresset Christian Academy. She led her team there to three conference championships and three state semifinals. As a sophomore, junior and senior, she earned Carolina Christian Conference Tournament MVP, Conference Player of the Year, and NCISAA All-State honors, as well as many pre-season tournament MVPs throughout her career. She was also chosen as the Maxpreps/AVCA North Carolina player of the week her junior and senior years.

Maredith has taught volleyball at many camps at Cresset in her time there and is excited for her first season with CHAVC! Maredith loves the game of volleyball and loves to see others improve and gain a love for the game as well.

 

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Eric Dumain
Resource Coach

Eric hails from Buffalo NY and started playing indoor and sand volleyball in the early 1980’s. He played setter, outside hitter and middle blocker throughout his college seasons at the University of Rochester, where he earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC in 2008 and works for Arkema, Inc., a French chemical manufacturer.

Eric has coached at CHAVC since 2012, and coached 15’s and 16’s National teams from 2013-2017. Watching young athletes become students of the game is one of the rewards of being a CHAVC coach.

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Tatiana Durr
14 Black Head Coach

Private Lessons Available: $50

Originally from San Diego, Tati played for Wave volleyball club where she played middle, outside, and right side. She is a 3x State Champion from Cathedral Catholic High School. In 2013 she began her college career at UNC where she had an impressive resume of 2 ACC Championships, a Sweet 16 and Elite 8 NCAA Tournament finishes under her belt. At UNC she spent time as an outside hitter as well as defensive specialist. She has enjoyed coaching camps and clinics throughout her college career.

She received a B.A. in sport administration in May of 2017 and will pursue a career in marketing. In her free time she enjoys playing beach volleyball, trying out new recipes, and binge watching Netflix.

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Madi Evans
Scheduler & PST / 12 Purple Head Coach

A Tar Heel born and bred, Madi graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 with degrees in Biology and Psychology. This is her fifth season coaching a CHAVC team. Though she bleeds Carolina blue, Madi spent time working at Duke as a Youth Program Coordinator, directing summer camps and kids' events throughout the year. She currently works for AmeriCorps' VISTA program. A two-sport athlete throughout high school, Madi values the importance of teamwork in volleyball. She enjoys helping young players develop tactical skills and positive characteristics that are valuable on and off the court. In her spare time, Madi enjoys being outside, playing other sports with friends, and cheering on the Tar Heels.

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Holly Fong
12 Black Head Coach

Holly is originally from Sebastopol, California. She grew up watching her older sister, Eve Rackham, UNC Assistant Volleyball Coach play which inspired her to begin playing club volleyball at age 9. Holly received a scholarship to play at the University of Memphis where she graduated with a B.S. is Sports Management. After college, Holly played in the U.K. for a season while obtaining her Master's Degree in Marketing Management.

Holly started coaching in Orlando, FL for OVATBVA (formally OVA). She coached the 14 and 15 National teams and helped lead the 14's team to two USAV Qualifier Championships and an AAU National Championship. Holly moved to Durham, NC in 2014 and began coaching at CHAVC and Panther Creek High School. She led Panther Creek to the program's first ever conference championship and the third round of state playoffs.
During the day, Holly is a Strategist for a Digital Marketing Consultancy in Chapel Hill, NC. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and traveling.
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Amanda Gill
PST / Resource Coach
Private Lessons Available at $60

Amanda began playing club volleyball when she was sixteen years old. She played for Club Fusion Volleyball Club in Marengo, IL, where her team won several qualifiers in the Open Division along with several medals at Nationals. She received a full-ride volleyball scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where she was a middle blocker. She later transferred to the University of Louisville, where she received All-Conference honors, won student-athlete of the week, and broke the school record for blocks in a match.

Amanda received a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Race & Gender Studies. While studying at U of L, she also invested her time in philanthropy, by becoming a Muhammad Ali Scholar for Peace & Justice and traveling to Ghana, Senegal, Belize & England with this group of young leaders.

Playing volleyball has taught Amanda the importance of teamwork, perseverance, positive self-talk, leadership, and embracing challenges. Now that her competitive playing days are over, her passion is empowering this next generation of volleyball players to go even farther than she did.

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Daran Gill
17 Black Assistant / PST / Resource Coach
Private Lessons Available at $60

Daran has been playing competitive volleyball for close to 15 years, representing his home country of Barbados at both indoor and beach regional and international tournaments. During his tenure as a National Volleyball Athlete he had the distinct honor of leading the Barbados Junior Team to its first Caribbean Championships Gold Medal, where he collected the MVP, Best Scorer and Best Spiker Awards.

Daran currently holds a degree in Computer Information Systems from North Carolina Central University where he was a student athlete in the sport of Track and Field.

Coach Gill is a FIVB Level 1 coach and he began his coaching career developing young players ages 11-19 throughout the Caribbean. Many of the players he coached have continued on to represent Barbados' Junior and Senior National Teams.

 

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Lauren Hagan
Resource Coach

Lauren is originally from a farm in Whitesville, KY. She is a proud Jayhawk and played right side for the University of Kansas for 4 years. During her years at KU, she worked countless camps, clinics, and clubs in the area. After graduation, she moved to Managua, Nicaragua to teach 6th grade math at the American Nicaraguan School. Lauren moved to North Carolina in 2015, coaching camps and clinics for Wake Forest University. She has assisted on CHAVC's 17 National team and with CHAVC's pin hitting position training clinics.

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Hayden Huffman
14 Black Assistant Coach

Hayden is double-majoring in Peace, War, and Defense and Political Science at UNC. She grew up playing volleyball for Cape Fear and Grand Strand Juniors.

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Morgan Huffman
13 Gold Assistant Coach

Morgan is from Newton, NC. She is currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and is majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. She is pursing a career in Radiation Therapy. This is Morgan's third year with CHAVC.  She has also head coached at Phillips Middle School for three years. Morgan previously played club volleyball for four years in Hickory, NC for Carolina Select Volleyball Club. She has played every position at some point in her volleyball career,  but her favorite position is libero. Aside from volleyball, Morgan also enjoy running, working out, and discovering new music. If you have any suggestions let her know!

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Samantha Huffman
13 Purple Head Coach

Samantha is from Newton, NC, and is currently a junior at UNC Chapel Hill double majoring in Sociology and Peace, War, and Defense. She is pursuing a career as an attorney. Samantha previously played club volleyball for 5 years in Hickory, NC for Carolina Select Volleyball Club. She has played volleyball since the third grade and has played every position at some point, although her favorite position is libero. Outside of volleyball, Samantha loves to work out, spend time with her family, and hike.

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Tina Jeffress
Resource Coach

Tina Jeffress is originally from Redondo Beach, CA, where she played defensive specialist for the nationally-ranked Redondo Union Sea Hawks. Redondo placed third in state and won the CIF Southern Section title in 2006, and Tina was the Southern Section Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007. During her senior year, she also served as assistant coach for the Redondo freshman team. She went on to earn a degree in International Development, and played DS for the UCLA club team. She also coached beach volleyball with Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' summer volleyball camp and gave private lessons throughout college. She is now a first-year MBA student at the UNC Kenan-Flagler business school, and looks forward to getting to know the Chapel Hill volleyball community. While not studying or playing volleyball, Tina runs, does yoga, and spends a bit too much time cooking and baking.

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Amy Jones
Resource Coach

Amy grew up in western North Carolina, where she set for West Henderson High School and the Biltmore Volleyball Club. After high school, Amy went on to play four years at Mars Hill College. While in college she began her coaching career with the Biltmore Volleyball Club. After graduating with a double major in Math and Computer Science, she moved to Hickory, NC. While in Hickory Amy continued coaching with the Hickory Inspirational Spikers (HIS) Club and the Carolina Select Volleyball Club. She also had the privilege of coaching for a high school, Hickory Christian Academy. She helped lead the team to five straight NCCSA state championships and one NACA national title. After getting married and moving to Durham she joined CHAVC as an assistant for a 15U team in 2012, then took time away to have a baby girl, Emery! She served as an assistant coach for the 16N team last year and this year will be a resource coach. Amy has coached the Durham Flight varsity team for two years. Amy loves volleyball and working with teenagers. Coaching is the perfect combination!

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Erika Jones
16 Black Head Coach

Erika is a fourth year IMPACT certified coach. She grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut, and now lives in Chapel Hill. Erika started playing volleyball her freshman year in high school. She was the president of her club team at UNC Wilmington and learned to play on a sand court there. She graduated with a degree in Special Education and is currently teaching 3rd grade at Carrboro Elementary. Erika loves working with younger girls to see them grow as players and watch a lifelong love of volleyball begin.

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Kelli Kallinoski
Resource Coach

Kelli is originally from Olathe, Kansas where she was a 4-year letter winner at Olathe East High School.  She was named a second team Under Armour High School All-American and led her team to the State Championship as a junior and senior.  She played club for the MAVS, leading her team to 16-Open National Championship.  She is currently a DS/Libero for the Duke University volleyball team.

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Tom Krakow
13 Gold Head Coach

Coach Tom was born in Rochester, Minnesota, but grew up in Southern California. He started playing volleyball as a graduate student. After receiving a Ph.D. in physics from UNC Chapel Hill, he worked for Bell Labs, where he first started playing competitive volleyball. He returned to NC, to work for the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. While at MCNC, Tom played 20 seasons as a middle blocker in the Competitive Division of the RTP Volleyball League. He started coaching when his daughter was in 7th grade. Since then, he has coached every age group from 12U through 16U including a 12U boys team. His favorite thing about coaching is watching the development of players over the course of the season and then later throughout their careers. His non-coaching activities include serving on the CHAVC board, and making the schedules for all CHAVC practices. Outside the sport, he also enjoys biking, hiking and solving calculus problems. Tom's wife Pam plays for the Volleymoms. They have four children, three of whom played for CHAVC. Tom is an IMPACT-certified coach.

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Emily LaBranche
12 Black Assistant Coach

 

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Linda Lang
Coaching Director & 13 Black Head Coach

Linda began coaching club volleyball with the Chapel Hill Spikers in 2000, and joined CHAVC in 2005. She has coached club 18’s, 17’s, 14's, and 13’s, her teams winning the Carolina Region three times. She currently coaches high school beach, High Performance beach, and Special Olympics teams, as well as beach and indoor clinics and camps. She has been the JV Volleyball Coach at Carrboro High School since 2009. She is IMPACT, CAP II indoor, NCHSAA, Special Olympics, and Beach CAP certified. She has coached numerous athletes who have gone on to play NCAA Div. I, II, and III.

Linda's doubles playing career spans three decades and ten states. She has had tournament wins in every format: sand and grass doubles, coed, reverse coed and king and queen, and was the female high point earner in that format for eight seasons. She and her women's team won a bronze medal in the indoor World Senior Games in 2013. She has a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and when she isn’t coaching or playing volleyball, you’ll find her playing the viola or hanging out with her donkeys, goats, chickens, and bees. What makes her happiest is seeing her players learning and loving the game, and giving their best to their teammates.

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Mark Lehmer
13 Black Assistant Coach

Mark is a third-year IMPACT certified volleyball coach. He comes to CHAVC from California, where he graduated in Political Science from Occidental College. His favorite thing about coaching is seeing players attempt and successfully accomplish things they weren't able to do before. When he isn't coaching, Mark enjoys hiking, hanging out with friends, and playing his bassoon.

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Emily McKinney
Resource Coach

Emily is from Wilmington, NC and a sophomore at UNC studying history and education. She played as a DS/libero for Cape Fear Volleyball Club and Coastal Christian High School in Wilmington, and she was also selected to the NCISAA 2A All-State Team along with the Wilmington Star News All-Area Team her senior year. Emily coached for the Developmental Program and helped with defense clinics at Cape Fear Volleyball Club during her senior year of high school. Last year she played for UNC’s club volleyball team, and this year she also works as a gymnastics coach at Chapel Hill Gymnastics. Emily is an energetic coach who loves to learn from her players and other coaches.

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Gina Morgan
PST / 15 Black Assistant Coach

Gina is originally from Colorado Springs, CO where she played middle blocker for Colorado Juniors. She then went on to Regis University in Denver, CO where she was a four year starter and an all conference middle blocker. At Regis she earned Academic Player of the Year and Academic All American accolades with degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science.

After college, she moved to Chapel Hill for graduate school where she is pursuing her PhD in Biological Chemistry. She played for one year on the UNC club team and is now looking forward to the transition to a large coaching roll. Gina has coached camps for the last 6 years and was a resource coach for middle blockers at CHAVC last year. She is excited to be a full time coach at CHAVC this year.

In her free time, Gina enjoys hiking, backpacking, sand volleyball, and hanging out with her dog Reggie.

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Hideki Nakano
Private Lessons Available
Resource Coach

Hideki was born in Japan, and played volleyball as an outside hitter in high school. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, and being on the faculty at Toho University School of Medicine, Hideki moved to North Carolina to work for Duke University. He is currently a researcher for the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park. His daughter started playing volleyball in middle school and for CHAVC in 2008, and that's when he began teaching skills to his daughters, their friends and teammates. In 2013, he became an IMPACT-certificated resource coach for CHAVC. Hideki enjoys working with junior athletes to see their improvement and smiles.

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Jennifer Newall
Private Lessons Available
Club Director & Volley101 Head Coach

Jennifer is CHAVC's Club Director and runs the Volley101 Youth Development Program. Previously, Jennifer was the 13N assistant coach, 11 and 12 Development head coach, and is currently coaches the St. Thomas More Middle School girls’ volleyball team. Jennifer became IMPACT-certified through USAV and PCA – “Double-Goal Coach” Certified in 2013.

Originally from Long Island, NY, Jennifer, her husband and three children now call Chapel Hill home. Jennifer first picked up a volleyball in 7th grade and eventually went on to play for Manhattanville College, in Westchester, NY as a middle blocker. After college while living in New York City, Jennifer competed for Team Evian, a USAV women’s club team as a Middle Blocker and now plays for CHAVC’s Volleymoms adult team. Jennifer loves coaching and especially enjoys working with beginners. Her goal is to help her players develop a lifelong love of the game.

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Robert Penland
Private Lessons Available
14 Purple Head Coach

Robert is in his second season at CHAVC, and this will be his sixth season coaching club volleyball. He recently attended a USAV-CAP accreditation class, which emphasizes the four solid corners of integrity, education, commitment and enthusiasm, and is now a CAP I certified coach.

While he enjoys and has had success coaching several age groups, including 13’s, 14’s, 15’s and 17’s, he enjoys watching the player development at the 14’s level the most.

Robert continues to volunteer his time and expertise through organizations such as the YMCA, Town of Cary and Special Olympics of NC. He volunteer coaches volleyball for both the YMCA and Town of Cary during their summer recreational leagues. Robert uses his knowledge and skill set to line judge, keep score, complete the score sheet, and run skill drills during the Special Olympics of NC Summer Games.

 

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Jack Petty
Treasurer & Volley101 Assistant Coach

Jack was a fencer in college finishing 28th at the NCAA championships. But at his first engineering job after college he was asked to play in a YMCA volleyball league and discovered volleyball is the sport he loves most. He played indoors and grass doubles for 10 years including playing at a USVBA Masters Nationals, was a co-founder of the adult Durham Volleyball Club, and was one of the people who helped CHAVC change from being primarily an adult to primarily a juniors club. He helped coach women’s teams in the late 1980s and coached his first of 14 juniors’ teams in 1999. He has also coached school teams and at the Chapel Hill YMCA. He is CAP level 2 certified.

Jack enjoys being delighted when a player is happy and proud after doing a volleyball skill.

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Maria Quinones
Resource Coach

Maria is originally from Boynton Beach, FL, where she grew up playing volleyball. She was a four-year starter on the varsity team at Lake Worth Christian School. She helped lead her team to the FHSAA State Championships for three consecutive years where they placed Runner-Up all three years. Her senior year she was team captain, MVP, earned Athlete of the Week, All-County 1st Team, All-State 1st Team, and All-Tournament Team. She played four years of club ball for Oceanside Volleyball Club. Her team placed silver at the South PA JO Qualifier for two consecutive years. Maria received multiple scholarship offers to play at D1 and D2 colleges but decided to get married and start a family. She and her husband Quintin currently reside in Durham with their five children.

Maria has been the Assistant Coach at Cresset Christian Academy for two years. This will be her third year coaching club volleyball and her second for CHAVC.

In her free time you can find Maria playing indoor volleyball, on a sand court playing doubles, running, or lifting weights. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family.

 

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Will Rimer
16 Black Assistant Coach

 

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Steve Scanga
Private Lessons Available at $35
Conditioning/Resource Coach

Steve has been playing volleyball since 1987 and coaching since 1994. He has been the coach of the Carrboro Jaguars since the school opened in 2007. He coached CHAVC U14 programs until his schedule became too full. He is the director of the Blue Sky Volleyball Club that provides training and tournaments for sand volleyball in the local area for juniors and adults. Steve is also on the board of the High School Sand volleyball association and directs the local high school practices and competitions. He is Beach Cap 1 certified and IMPACT certified. Steve is an electrical engineer from Virginia Tech who became a stay at home dad for his 3 daughters way before it was cool – best job in the world.

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Ashley Shade
PST / 15 Black Head Coach

Ashley brings ten years of playing experience and five years of coaching experience this season at CHAVC. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Exercise and Sports Science with honors. In 2005,  she was named to the All Rookie Team. Her team earned back Conference Championships in 2005 and 2006. Ashley is a setter and played 4 years as setter as well as right-side during her senior season. She holds second in the record book for all-time assists. During high school Ashley was a three year varsity starter and played for the Brushy Mountain Volleyball Club. She lives in Raleigh and works as a Personal Trainer at O2 Fitness at both the Perry Creek and Wakefield locations.

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Tracy Triggs-Matthews
12 Purple Assistant Coach

Tracy has been playing volleyball for almost 40 years, at levels varying from highly competitive to fun. Currently, she plays in the Orange County Adult coed indoor league (her team winning the last 9 seasons) and is co-captain for a CHAVC Volleymoms team.  Tracy also plays women's sand and grass doubles. Tracy coached the first CHAVC 12U boys volleyball team and more recently coached a platinum level girls 16U team in Hillsboro. Tracy learned how to play beach volleyball from the Volleyball Hall of Fame legend, Kathy Gregory, at UC Santa Barbara, her alma mater, and enjoys playing with Linda Lang, not against her.

 

Tracy is the Associate Director of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, and currently serves as a faculty member of the Food for All Steering Committee, an adviser for the Social Impact Summer Grant program for full-time MBA students, and as Faculty Adviser for the MBA and Undergraduate Net Impact Clubs. Tracy is also Faculty Advisor for both UNC Ultimate Club Teams, Darkside (Men's)  and Pleiades (Women's). She is a member of the leadership team of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Cares Committee.
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Dalton Akos
14 Purple Assistant Coach

Dalton is a junior at East Chapel Hill High who plays as a middle blocker on their varsity team. She's been playing for CHAVC for five years on the national level, and started assistant coaching the Volley101 program last year. In terms of academics, Dalton is interested in biomedical sciences, with a focus on genetics. She's vice president of her school's Ocean Bowl club, and works as a Wildcat Ambassador to make East Chapel Hill High a welcoming enviroment for all new students.

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Kelley Gosk
13 Purple Assistant Coach

Kelley has lived in Chapel Hill her whole life and has grown up loving the game of volleyball! She started playing club volleyball when she was 11 and has played 5 years of club with CHAVC. She also played for her middle school volleyball team at Grey Culbreth and has played on Varsity at Carrboro High School. While on Varsity, her team won All-Conference and the State Championship in 2016.

Kelley started coaching as a Coach in Training for Volley101; a developmental program for beginner players. She also has been an Assistant Coach for the Volley101 Summer Camps and has co-coached numerous clinics. She is currently playing at Carrboro High as a setter/DS, as well as coaching for CHAVC.

As a coach, Kelley loves seeing kids develop their skills and the right fundamentals early. She loves helping maintain a positive team dynamic and inspiring players to have fun while remaining disciplined and competitive.