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Director of Training

  • Jonathan Paulk
    Jonathan Paulk

Head Coach

  • Colten Redmond
    Colten Redmond

Assistant Coach

  • Amari Earl
    Amari Earl

17 Black Tournament Schedule

January 14 - 16City of OaksRaleigh, NC
January 29Advantage Day@Netsports
February 18 - 19Charlotte AAURock Hill, SC
March 3 - 5Sunshine National QualifierOrlando, FL
March 11 - 12Locomotive ChallengeRocky Mount, NC
March 31 - April 2Big South National QualifierAtlanta, GA
April 29 - 30Showdown in the SmokiesKnoxville, TN
May 13 - 14South Carolina Grand PrixSpartanburg, SC
June TBDAAU NationalsOrlando, FL
Ashley Lamme
Jasmine Ye
Jadyah Dancy
Grace Agusta
Emily Burnett
Eli Weddington
Presley Shotwell
Reagan Brown
Julia Johnson
Bridget Stober
Jonathan Paulk

Jonathan Paulk, JP, is the head coach at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. To find a game to go watch, click on the Shaw schedule here.

JP is entering his fifth year at Shaw University, repeating as the CIAA regular season champs in 2021 and 2022. Shaw has made it to the CIAA conference tournament finals in every season that Coach Paulk has been at the helm. In Shaw’s 2019 season, JP mentored his right side, Tyler Hunter, to top all NCAA division 1 and 2 players in aces per set with 0.60. In addition, his setter received the Conference Setter of the Year award and 5 players made the All Conference teams. In back to back seasons, JP led the team as a whole to the top of the country’s aces per set leader board with 2.71 in 2021 and 2.75 in 2022. In 2021, newcomers Breelyn Clark and Mallory Brown won the CIAA Setter of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year awards respectively with 4 players making First Team All Conference. This past season, Breelyn Clark repeated as the CIAA Setter of the Year and Noelani Beard earned CIAA Offensive Player of the Year while 5 other Shaw players earned First, Second, or Rookie All Conference nods. JP has a 58-24 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 had 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.

JP started his coaching career in the club world back in 2013 and spent the 2017-2022 years growing Carolina Edge. The club started off with 4 teams in its first season and steadily grew to having 11 teams in 21/22. Prior to Edge, JP had a three year stint as head coach of 18 Diamond, 15 Diamond, and 16 Crystal at NC Academy while assisting 16 Diamond and 17 Crystal.

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.

Jonathan Paulk 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.

Colten Redmond

In 2020, Colten completed his Construction Engineering degree at NC State University, where he first began playing volleyball. Colten joined the NC State Men’s Club Team, serving as an outside hitter for 4 years. His senior year team placed 5th nationally in the highest division of D1, the strongest finish in program history. Colten also helped found the NC State Outdoor/Beach Volleyball team, which competes against other local universities in beach volleyball.

Colten regularly competes in outdoor AVP grass volleyball tournaments along the east coast, with multiple Open Division & AA wins. When he is not playing volleyball, he enjoys going to football games, spending time with friends, and managing various construction projects in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Colten coached for Carolina Chaos Volleyball for 4 years prior to Advantage, serving as head coach for 3 of those years. He has coached a variety of ages and skill levels, ranging from Regional to National level and ages 15-18. He wants to share his love for the game and grow the sport through developing well rounded athletes. Colten is very excited to be joining the Advantage family for this season!

Amari Earl

Born & raised in Charlotte, NC, Amari has been playing for 5 years and has transitioned through all front row positions. Amari the program at Shaw University in 2020 where the first season was canceled due to COVID. Amari intends to use her next 2 years of eligibility under Coach Paulk.

Outside of volleyball, Amari is focused on academics. She is in her junior year of college, majoring in accounting and a minor in computer information systems with goals of graduating summa cum laude. She has already interned at Deloitte and has an internship at a local firm lined up for this spring.

Amari enjoys watching movies, ranting with friends, trying new food spots, and traveling. Going into this upcoming season, her goal is to help players learn and grow in confidence with their play. Putting importance on building players mental and physical strength as well as their volleyball intelligence.