Our Coaches

Kelley Krainiak, Executive Director

Executive Club Director

Offers Private Lessons 

15 years coaching experience with ECJVC, all ages and levels

Head Coach for JH Rose

Former Head Coach for 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 University 2009-2011

ECJVC Coaching Achievements Include: 2014 Big South 14 USA 3rd Place, qualifying for USAV Nationals, multiple Monument City Classic Championships, 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, 2022 Sunshine Classic Qualifier 14 USA 3rd Place, qualifying for USAV Nationals, 2022 USAV National Championship 14 USA Finalist

 

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

Assistant Club Director 

Director of Volleyball Operations

Offers Private Lessons 

11 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

25 Years of coaching experience: 7th 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, 2021, 2022 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, Facilities Manager, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

Facilities Manager

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

Assistant Volleyball Coach at North Carolina Wesleyan University

Former Head Varsity 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 Queen City Classic Champions,18s Bid to USAV Nationals with 5th place finish

Graduate and former softball player of Pitt Community College

Ashton Barbee, Social Media Director, Coach

Social Media Director

Offers Private Lessons

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

Assistant Volleyball coach at John Paul II

Former 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

Jackson Blizzard, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

3rd year coaching with ECJVC

EC Beach coach

Began coaching ECJVC clinics in August 2020

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
Offers Private Lessons
 
3rd year coaching with ECJVC
 
Assistant Coach at JH Rose
 
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, Masters in Business Administration
 

5th 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

2nd Year Coaching with ECJVC

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)

Hailey Ellis, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

5th year coaching with ECJVC /  8 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

Gratuated from Iowa State University for MS in Plant Breeding and Genetics

Works for North Carolina Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Kat Fesmire, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

3rd year coaching at ECJVC /  12 years of head coaching experience

EC Beach Lead Coach

Head Coach of Arendell Parrott Academy

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

Maggie Gillette, Coach

2nd Year Coaching with ECJVC

EC Beach Coach

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

Rebecca Jernigan, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

8th year coaching with ECJVC / 10 years coaching experience

JV Head Coach at South Central High School 4 years and Varsity Assistant for 6 years

ECJVC 2 Year Alumni Setter/RS

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

DJ Johnson, Coach

2nd 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

2nd year coach at ECJVC / 4 years club coaching experience

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

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

9th season coaching with ECJVC

Worked with ECU Volleyball from 2007-2011

Alumni of ECU, undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Current Physical Therapist at Orthopaedics East

ECJVC Coaching Achievements include: top finishes in MAPLs, Monument City Classic, and Carolina Region Championships. 2015 Capitol Hill Classic Champions

First Year Coaching at ECJVC, 3 Years Coaching experience

Coached 3 Years in Charlotte for CJV

Played for 10 Years in Charlotte for CJV Outside/Right side hitter and setter

Currently, a student and East Carolina University, Majoring in Nursing

Laura Moody, Coach

4th year coaching with ECJVC /  5 years coaching experience

ECJVC Alumni

ECJVC Coaching Achievements Include: 2020 1st Silver Division Rocky Mount Grand Prix, 2021 1st place Silver Division in Rocky Mount and Runner up in the Gold Bracket in Williamsburg Revolutionary Rumble

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

6th 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

2nd year coaching with ECJVC / 3 years coaching experience

EC Beach coach

Former Carolina East coach

Former Mens ECU club team player

Played and coached with JH Rose volleyball program

 

2nd year coaching with ECJVC / 4 years coaching experience

5 Seasons on the Meredith College Volleyball team: USA South First Team all conference - 2019, USA South Libero of the Year - 2019, NCCSIA All State - First Team - 2019, 2 time USA South 2nd team all conference - Spring 2021 & Fall 2021, 5x Academic All-Conference, 3x Meredith College Defensive Player of the Year 

ECJVC Alumni Setter

Graduate from Meredith College, May of 2021

Director of Marketing and Communications - Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce

1st year coaching at ECJVC / 2 Years coaching experience

Current head varsity volleyball coach at Farmville Central High School

Head coached at Piedmont (14s)

Assistant coach at Carolina Spike Force(16s)

ECJVC Alumni

Former North Carolina A&T State University volleyball player: 3 time 1st team all-conference / 2nd in school history in kills per set

Graduate from North Carolina A&T State University, May 2021 Sports Science and Fitness Management

Michelle Pitt, Coach

2nd year coaching with ECJVC / 14 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)

 

1st year coaching with ECJVC

Played 6 years of club ball in Raleigh as a setter at Triangle Volleyball Club

Played 4 years at Middle Creek High School

Attending East Carolina University in the Miller School of Entrepreneurship 

Trayce Wilson-Ruffin, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

8th year coaching with ECJVC / 9 years coaching experience

Head Coach at John Paul Catholic High School / 2020 & 2021 Coastal Plains Independant Regular Season and Tournament Champs

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

Former East Carolina University Men’s Volleyball Club Player

Former East Carolina University Volleyball Manager

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

Caitlyn Smirne, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

3rd 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

1st year Coaching with ECJVC

2 years of prior assistant coaching experience at Kelso High School, WA

Played club from 12-18s / Majority at NW Reign in Washington State

Played competitive outdoor coed league for 3 years

Taproom Manager and Part-Owner of Nauti Dog Brewing Company

Morgan Spohn, Coach

2nd 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

1st year coaching at ECJVC

ECJVC alumni- 6 years as a setter and a history of RS

South Central High School alumni- 4 years as a setter

Former Virginia Wesleyan university woman's volleyball player

Currently Pershing a degree at East Carolina University I’m Biology

Ashley Yeager, Coach

Offers Private Lessons

6th 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