Teach. Learn. Grow.

At Carolina Advantage, we collaborate with our players to achieve their athletic aspirations through a positive training environment that reinforces qualities of confidence, leadership, and excellence.

Formed by collegiate coaches, Carolina Advantage Volleyball is built upon the passion of our coaches to train and educate student-athletes in the sport of volleyball. The founders of Carolina Advantage endeavor to create a club atmosphere that puts players and parents ahead of the club. We assure top-to-bottom commitment with athlete development, club operations, and parental involvement.

As you likely know, we have created this new club to better serve our players. There will be lots of news coming out about coaching staff, try outs, camps, and more! Would you like to be kept up to date? Please let us know by submitting this form.

Club News & Updates

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Founders


Emma Celentano

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Emma Celentano was named the head coach at the University of Mount Olive in December 2019. With a very weird start to her head coaching career she finally had her first season in spring 2021. The team was projected to finish 9 out of 11 and far surpassed expectations with a 4th place finish. It was the first time UMO had finished with a winning record and won a conference playoff game since 2013. She’s hoping to build off that great first season and sustain improvement into the fall of 2021.

Her career was started at North Carolina Central University where she quickly became the associate head coach. Her on-court responsibilities with NC Central primarily included training the defense and serve receive. Emma’s off-court responsibilities ranged from recruiting to developing the team’s conditioning program.

Emma graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science in addition to Coaching Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her education is put to good use each and every day, and she couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to her career than at NC Central, starting Carolina Edge, and taking over Mount Olive. Emma completed her Master’s in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Administration from NCCU in December 2019.

She has this to say about coaching the 15s and 14s this season, “I spent my first two years coaching club with the 14s, and I remember that age being very high energy and eager to learn. I’m excited to be going back to a similar age! I look forward to the challenge of teaching this team systems and techniques that will prepare them for higher level volleyball as they move onto high school and their recruiting processes. My team is most certainly going to be very competitive and have a lot of fun!”

Lastly, Emma’s favorite athlete is Roger Federer, and she has an unhealthy love for chocolate milk and LuluLemon. If she was home more, she would definitely want a dog; and she could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day, every day.

Jonathan Paulk

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Jonathan Paulk, JP, is the head coach at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. To come watch a game, check out the Shaw Volleyball schedule here.

He’s entering his fourth season at Shaw University after making it to the CIAA conference finals in his first and third seasons and covid shutting down his second season. In Shaw’s 2019 season, JP mentored his right side, Tyler Hunter, to lead all of NCAA division 1 and 2 players in aces per set with 0.6. In addition, his setter received the Conference Setter of the Year award and 5 players made the All Conference teams. In Shaw’s 2021 season, JP led the team as a whole to the top of the country’s aces per set leader board with 2.71. Newcomers Breelyn Clark and Mallory Brown won the conference Setter of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year awards respectively with 4 players making first team All Conference. JP has a 35-16 win-loss record while at Shaw.

JP comes to Shaw after a year at Louisburg College. While at Louisburg, JP led the hurricane’s volleyball team to a 4th place finish in Region X volleyball and a tournament berth, the highest ranking Louisburg has accomplished in more than a decade.  In addition to his volleyball duties at Louisburg, JP was the Sports Information Director and maintained the athletics website.

Prior to Louisburg, he served as an Assistant Coach at North Carolina Central University where his primary on-court responsibilities included training the outside hitters and focusing on offensive scheme and blocking structure. Off the court JP was a primary recruiter, scouted opponents, and arranged video exchange.

Paulk is a graduate of NC State with a BS in Accounting. While at State, he was the president of the Men’s Club Volleyball Team and was voted team mvp and selected honorable mention to the NCVF National Tournament Team as a setter.

JP won the 2016 Collegiate Beach National Championships in Santa Monica, California and earned his AA rating with a win the following day in a CBVA adult tournament.

JP is a true believer in pushing players to learn higher level technique and tactics at younger ages. He wants to expose athletes to systems and tactics that push them to grow intellectually and creatively within volleyball. JP strives to maintain a high-intensity and competition filled practice every time he steps on the court.