Our Coaches

Kelley Krainiak, Executive Director

Executive Club Director

Offers Private Lessons 

14 years coaching experience with ECJVC, all ages and levels

Former Head Coach for JH Rose and JPII Catholic High School

Alumni of East Carolina University, Major in Physical Education and Master's in Sports Management 

Former OH/RS hitter for the Pirates 2004-2007 

  •  Inducted into the 2021 ECU Athletic Hall of Fame
  •  2-time 1st Team All-Conference
  •  National Player of the Week 
  •  CUSA Student-Athlete of the Year 
  •  All-time kills leader in a season and career 

Played professionally in Finland and Indonesia

Former coach of East Carolina 2009-2011

ECJVC Coaching Achievements Include: 2014 Big South 14 USA 3rd Place, qualifying for USAV Nationals, multiple Monument City Classic Championships, multiple Platinum level Championships in Carolina Region, 2016 & 2018 MAPL Blue Champions, 2017 City of Oaks 15s Champions, 15 USA 3rd place finish at AAU National Championships in 2018 and 2021, 2020 Sunshine Classic Qualifier Champions, qualifying for USAV Nationals.

 

Danielle Munoz, Assistant Director, Director of Volleyball Operations, Coach

Assistant Club Director 

Director of Volleyball Operations

Offers Private Lessons 

10 years coaching experience with ECJVC from the 12's-17's age group

Former Varsity Volleyball Coach at Farmville Central High School 

Coaching Achievements include: 2009 & 2010 Regional 12s Division 1 Champions; 2009 & 2010 Monument City Classic 12 Open 2nd place, 2012 Revolutionary Rumble 14s Division Champions, 2013 Revolutionary Rumble 13s 2nd Place, 2014 Big South 17-Club Top 25 Finish, 2015 East Regional 14s Division 1 Champions, 2015 MAPL Red 14s Champions,  2016 JVA Charlotte 14s 2nd Place, 2016 AAU 14-Club Ruby Champions, 2016 Capital Hill Classic 14-Open 3rd Place, 2017 MAPL Red 14s Champions, 2017 Big South 14-Club Top 5 Finish, 2016 AAU Ruby Division 14-Club 2nd Place

East Carolina University Graduate

Wendie DeHart, Assistant Director, 13U Program Director, Coach

Assistant Club Director 

13U Program Director

24 Years of coaching experience: 6th year with ECJVC

Clubs include: Smoky Mountain Juniors, Lexington Select, Thoroughbred Elite, Lexington United and Coastal Plains Volleyball Club.

Head coach of AG Cox middle school and former JV coach and Varsity assistant of Oakwood School winning 1A State Championship

ECJVC Coaching Achievements include: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 City of Oaks 12s Champions, 2016 & 2017  Revolutionary Rumble 12s Champions, 2016 East Championship 12s Division 1st 

Western Kentucky University Graduate / Graphic Design

Transaction Coordinator for The Stancill Realty Group, Keller Williams Points East

Kayla Ruffin, Facility Manager, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

8 years coaching experience with ECJVC at the head and assistant level

Varsity Volleyball Coach at South Central High School

ECJVC Alumni 3 year libero

Coaching Achievements include: 14s Revolutionary Rumble Champions, 14s Division II Monument City Classic Champions, 17s Division 1 Regional Top Finish, 18s Bid to USAV Nationals with 5th place finish

Graduate and former softball player of Pitt Community College

Ashton Barbee, Creative and Social Media Director, Coach

8 Years of coaching experience with ECJVC at the head and assistant level

Assistant Volleyball coach at South Central High School

ECJVC Alumni - 3 years as an OH/RS hitter

Coaching Achievements include: 14s Revoluationary Rumble Champions, 3rd place at Capitol Hill Classic, 2nd place at MAPL Hampton, 14s VA Beach ACPL Champion

Former assistant coach at AG Cox middle school

Chelsea Bailey, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

5th year coaching with ECJVC - 4 years head coach

2 years head coaching experience with Cape Fear VBC

ECJVC Alumni- played for 6 years as an OH and libero

Cape Fear Community College libero 2 years- Coaches Award Freshman year and MVP Sophomore year 

Cape Fear Community College (2017) --Associates degree

ECJVC Accomplishments: 1st in ACPL VA Beach Grand Prix 2020, 1st 15 Open Carolina Volleyball Classic 2020, 1st in Rocky Monut Grand Prix 2020, 5th at Big South National Qualifier in 15 American 2020

East Carolina University Graduate Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice

Jackson Blizzard, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC

Began coaching ECJVC clinics in August 2020

Currently a Freshman at Pitt Community College / Associates in Science 

Played on D.H. Conley Beach Team in 2019-present

Assisted for Eppes Middle School Volleyball in 2020

1 season coaching youth softball

Coached a special needs youth baseball league

Participates in many outdoor and indoor adult leagues

 

Olivia Bottoms, Coach
2nd year coaching with ECJVC
 
Former Head Coach at Twin City Volleyball Club for 12U Team
 
Played 6 years of club in Winston Salem, North Carolina
 
Played 4 years at Mount Tabor High School  
 
Attending East Carolina University, Majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management
 
Emily Braxton, Coach

Offers Private Lessons 

2nd Year Coaching at ECJVC / 3 Years coaching experience

Attended Fuquay Varina High School: Competed on Vastity for three years

Collected second team all-conference at Fuquay Varina High School.

Triangle Volleyball Alumni: Captain 18s season

Played at William Peace University Freshman Year of College: Collecting Rookie of the Week, Two Time Defensive Player of the Week, Second Team all-Conference, and Libero of the Year for the USA South Conference. Also helped Peace claim USA South North Division Regular Season Championship

Assistant Coach for 11 Black at Triangle Volleyball Club

Transferred to Presbyterian College Sophomore Year: Was libero then sustained a grade two concussion which lead to retiring from the sport

Attending East Carolina University in Fashion Merchandising with a double minor in Interior Design and Coaching

Sloan Carlson, Coach

1st year coaching with ECJVC

Currently a senior at J.H. Rose High school 

2021 Senior Captain at Rose

2020 All-Conference setter

ECJVC setter for 5 years
 

4th year Coaching with ECJVC

Current Director of Operations for the East Carolina University Volleyball Program

Former Christ Covenant Middle School Coach

Former Assistant Coach at Halifax Academy

Former East Carolina University Men’s Volleyball Club Player

East Carolina University Graduate / May 2018 Bachelors in Business Administration (Management)

 

Mary Cox, Coach

1st Year Coaching with ECJVC

Assistant Practice Coach AG Cox Middle School

Assistant Coach Granville Volleyball Club (14U -18U)

Resource Coach Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club (12U-14U)

Collegiate Defensive Specialist at Averett University (2020)

NC Elite National Club Level Libero/Defensive Specialist (14U-18U)

North Raleigh Varsity and Junior Varsity High School Player

North Raleigh Varsity State High School Champions

Carolina Region Certified Official

Founder/ Mentor BlockOut Bullying (Raising Awareness Against Bullying)

East Carolina University Major Political Science & International Relations, BA (Grad 2024)

1st year coaching at ECJVC

Senior at D.H. Conley

Has played ECJVC club ball since 12s and went to the Girls Junior National Championship 2 of those years 

Starting libero for NC 3A State Championship D.H. Conley team in 2020-2021

Hailey Ellis, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

4th year coaching with ECJVC /  7 years coaching experience

Coached All ages 10-15 in developmental, rec ba;;, clinics and regional levels

Played club with Lenior Fusion as libero

4 year DS at South Lenoir High School

Graduated Cum Laude from NC State University with a BS in Plant Biology and Minor is Animal Science

Currently attends Iowa State University for MS in Plant Breeding and Genetics

Maggie Felman, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC / 3 years coaching experience

Played club for one year at NC Elite

Played sand volleyball for 3 years at Southern Sand

2-year varsity defensive player at Fuquay Varina High School

Attending East Carolina University for Communications/ Sports Studies

Kat Fesmire, Coach

2nd year coaching at ECJVC/ 10 years of head coaching experience with ages ranging from 14-18 (all levels) at Memphis Metro JVC.

Played club from 14's-18's at Memphis Metro JVC and Memphis Volleyball Academy.

Held the Dig and Ace record in High school. Placed 3rd in the state of Tennessee for digs and 5th in the state for Aces.

Former Coach at RAF Lakenheath High school (England) Head coached the JV Team and assistant coached Varsity

Alumni of University of Memphis recruited as an OH, DS, and serving specialist

Represented the United States Air Force Volleyball Team in Europe (USAFE) stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England. Played all over Europe against professional teams in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy

Ranked in the top 25% of the UK Beach Tour playing in the semi finals every tournament and placing 3rd in two tournaments in 2019

ECJVC Coaching Achievements Include: 2020 2nd in ACPL GRAND PRIX 16 Open, 2020 3rd in AAU Super Regional, 2020 1st in Queens City Classic 16 Open, 2020 2nd South Atlantic CHampionship 

Degree in Emergency Medical Sciences as a paramedic

Currently finishing Nursing degree

Elana Fuller, Coach

1st year coaching at ECJVC

ECJVC Alumni

Played 4 years at DH Conley / Pepsi Player of the Week

Former NC Central Player / Eastern Carolina Conference Player of the Year - freshman year

Attending East Carolina University, Majoring in Sports Studies plus Minor in Communications

 

Megan Hall, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

7th year coaching with ECJVC, head and assistant for the 15 and Under age groups

ECJVC Alumni 2 years as a Libero/DS

Currently Head JV Coach at J.H. Rose and Varisty Assistant

Former Assistant Coach for St. Peters Catholic Church , Pitt County Rec League Coach and Official

Former Player at Pitt Community College

ECJVC Coaching Achievements: 2020 Sunshine Classic Qualifier Champions qualifying for USAV Nationals

Owner of Meg's Boutique

Julia Hatcher, Coach

1st year coaching with ECJVC

Decorated middle blocker for Lexington Catholic High School- 2 time Offensive Player of the Year, voted to the Lexington All-City 3 times, holds blocking records for the school

Played club at Lexington United in Lexington, Kentucky for 4 years as a middle blocker2016 AVCA Honorable Mention Athlete

Played under current Oklahoma Assistant, Kyle Walton, finishing in the top 15 in the Open Division at AAU Nationals 3 years in a row

Played Division 1 volleyball for Michigan State as a Middle Blocker (’17-’21) / Graduated with degree in Communication with a focus in Public Relations

Coached Michigan State summer camps for middle and high school athletes

Currently a Copywriter/Athletics Organization Coordinator for Game Plan in Greenville

Rebecca Jernigan, Coach

7th year coaching with ECJVC / 9 years coaching experience

JV Head Coach at South Central High School 3 years and Varsity Assistant for 5 years

ECJVC Alumni

South Central 4 year player

Currently Math Teacher and Math Instructional Coach at South Central High School

DJ Johnson, Coach

1st Year coaching with ECJVC

Played club volleyball as a setter and libero for Ku’ikahi Volleyball Club for 6 years

Played High School Men's Volleyball at Kalaheo High School, Pearl City High School and Baldwin High School in Hawaii

Practice player for the University of Hawaii in 2011


Former ECU Mens Club Volleyball President and 3 year setter. Divisional Champions for ECVA Men’s Club South East Division. All ECVA Team Division 2 Setter

Former Assistant Coach at Ephiphany School of Global Studies

Currently Working as a Respiratory Technician and finishing degree in Respiratory Therapy at Pitt Community College

A relative of Kanani Danielson, AVP player Falyn Fonoimoana, and Hall of Fame Inductee Allen Allen
 

James Landers, Coach

1st year coach at ECJVC

Head JV and MS Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach at Greenfield School in Wilson, NC

3 years club coaching experience

Played intra-mural, coed recreational and state VB tournaments while attending University of Kentucky

Former member of University of Kentucky Men's Club Soccer team

Occupation: Senior VP, Head of Public Cloud Platforms at Truist Financial

2nd year coaching Developmental league at ECJVC / 9 years of high school coaching experience at the Varsity and JV level 

Head Varsity and JV volleyball coach at Farmville Central High School 

Head JV and assistant Varsity softball coach at Farmville Central High School 

East Carolina University graduate 

English Teacher at Farmville Central High School 

Hannah LeMaster, Coach

Bio Info To Come

Laura Moody, Coach

3rd year coaching with ECJVC /  4 years coaching experience

Coached ECJVC Developmental Team, Rec Ball and Summer Clinics

ECJVC Alumni

ECJVC Coaching Achievements Include: 2020 1st Silver Division Rocky Mount Grand Prix

South Lenoir High School 4 year varsity / Captain Senior Year

Played at Lenior Community College / Captain Sophomore Year

East Carolina University Graduate - Exercise Physiology

Dog Groomer

April Nichols, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

5th year coaching with ECJVC at the National level / 3 years head coaching experience at Triangle VBC

ECJVC Alumni

USA South All Academic

Former RS of Meredith College - USA South All-Academic honors 2012-2016 , Helped Meredith claim the USA South North Division Regular Season Championship

Meredith College 2016 - BS in Business Administration

Anthony Pagano, Coach

1st year coaching with ECJVC / 2 years coaching experience

Former Carolina East coach

Former Mens ECU club team player

Played at Coached with JH Rose volleyball program

 

Michelle Pitt, Coach

1st year coaching with ECJVC / 13 years coaching experience

ECJVC Tournament Director

Former Farmville Middle School Coach

Former Farmville High School Head Varsity Coach / Coach of the Year Award

Former Farmville High School Head JV Coach / Coach of the Year Award

Mother of three ECJVC Alumni - Alyssa Pitt (Radford and NCAT), Courtney Pitt (NCAT) and Lauryn Pitt (Barton College)

 

Maggie Richardson, Coach

- 1st Year Coaching with ECJVC

- Piedmont Volleyball Club Alumni

- Played high school, indoor club, and beach volleyball 

- Founding member of Beach South Volleyball Club in both their summer and year-round beach training programs

- Played libero and defensive specialist in club and OH all-around as team captain in high school

- Graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Science in GIS Technology / a minor in fine arts / and SCUBA diving certifications including Scientific and Rescue diving certifications

Trayce Wilson-Ruffin, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

7th year coaching with ECJVC / 8 years coaching experience

Head Coach at John Paul Catholic High School

Former JV Coach at South Central High School

Coaching Achievements Include: 2016: 13s City of Oaks Champions, 13 Division 1 Regional Championship Runner-up, 13s Charlotte JVA Champions, Big South 13-Open Top 10 Finish, AAUs 13 Premier Top 10 Finish 2017: 14s 3rd Place at Big South 2018, USA Bid to USAV Nationals 2018

Pitt County Recreation League Referee

East Carolina University Men’s Volleyball Club Player

East Carolina University Volleyball Manager

East Carolina University Graduate /  Major in Sport Studies and Minor in Business

Sef Samaluk, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC

Varsity Assistant Coach at JH Rose

Former East Carolina University Men’s Volleyball Club President and 3 year player

Experience coaching in volleyball and wrestling

East Carolina University Graduate /  Double Major Marketing & Operations and Supply Chain Management

Currenty attending East Carolina University pursuing MBA

Caitlyn Smire, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC 

ECJVC Alumni- 7 years as an OH and history with setting

Graduate from Lees-McRae College, May of 2021

Former Lees-McRae College Women's Volleyball Team player

3rd team all-conference 2019-2020 season

1st team all-conference 2020-2021 season 

Currently pursuing a degree at East Carolina University in Child Life

3rd year with ECJVC

Played Middle and High School Volleyball for Greenville Christian Academy

Pitt County Volleyball Coach for 4 years

Head Coach at Farmville Middle School for 2 years

Head Coach at AG Cox Middle School for 2 years

Coach 14's at SERV in Virginia for 1 year

 

 

Morgan Spohn, Coach

-1st year coaching with ECJVC

-Played Middle in high school for Caldwell Academy

-Played Right Side for Piedmont Volleyball Club

-Currently a student a East Carolina University studying for a Chemistry, BA and a Health Services Management, BS

Ashley Yeager, Coach

5th year coaching with ECJVC / 2 years coaching experience with Choice Premier and Legacy VBA

Played club volleyball for Choice Premier and NORCO in Colorado

Played one season at Belmont Abbey College

East Carolina Women’s Club Volleyball Player

East Carolina University Graduate B.A. in Psychology  

Samantha Dunn Whedbee, Coach

3rd year coaching with ECJVC

Former East Carolina University Women’s Volleyball Player

Assistant Volleyball Coach for Chicod Middle School

ECJVC Alumni- 6 years as an OH/DS

East Carolina University Graduate / December 2020 Bachelors in Health Fitness Specialist

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) /December 2020

Personal Trainer at Steko Strength Systems and Athletic Edge

 

Sam White, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC

Played club at Norwalk High School

East Carolina University Men’s Volleyball Club Player

Currently attending East Carolina University 
 

1st year coaching with ECJVC

Coached Premier Volleyball Camps and Julie Torbett Camps at East Carolina University

Played club for Triangle

5th year volleyball player for East Carolina University -
Captain, 2nd team all conference, 1st team all conference, and all academic team

East Carolina Graduate 2021- B.S in Public Health, concentration in community health
Currently pursuing masters in Sports Management at ECU