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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 just finished his fourth season as the head women’s volleyball coach at Shaw University. He holds the highest win percentage in program history. Coach Paulk has been awarded an Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award and a CIAA Coach of the Year. His players have earned 7 CIAA Player of the Year awards, 14 CIAA All-First Team awards, 7 CIAA All-Second Team awards, and 3 CIAA All-Rookie Team awards.
This past season, Coach Paulk and the Bears made history being the first CIAA team to win the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Atlantic Region, doing so in dramatic fashion with a reverse sweep of Wheeling University. That came on the heels of being named CIAA Champions with an impressive title run where the Bears outscored opponents by an average of 9 points per set. Paulk was the first CIAA coach to be named AVCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. He won CIAA Coach of the Year with a perfect 18-0 conference record that included 14 sweeps. The team maintained a regional ranking all year for the first time in CIAA history finishing 31-6 overall, the first 30 win season in conference history. This was Shaw’s 3rd consecutive season winning the regular season and claiming a division championship. Shaw led the nation in Aces per Set for the 3rd consecutive season, led the nation in Total Aces for the first time, finished 3rd in the nation in Opponent Hitting Percentage, and top 25 in the nation for Team Kills and Team Digs. The Lady Bears were picked in the preseason to finish 1st and did not disappoint with a perfect CIAA season record.
Paulk continued Shaw’s dominance in the CIAA Setter of the Year category with Lauren Janok. Janok was also named honorable mention for the AVCA All-Region Team. Jasmine Culp earned CIAA Rookie of the Year honors while Kamille’s Patrick led the conference in hitting percentage for the 2nd season in a row and was named CIAA All-First Team. Shaw had 3 players named to CIAA All-Second Team with Noelani Beard, Lillian Carlson, and Hailey Hopkins.
In 2022, Coach Paulk led Shaw to its second straight CIAA regular season championship while finishing the season ranked in the NCAA Atlantic Region for the first time. The Lady Bears clinched the Northern Division championship and a CIAA tournament runner-up finish with a 23-8 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the CIAA. The Lady Bears were picked in the preseason to finish 3rd but took home the top seed and repeated as the top serving team in the nation with 2.75 aces per set.
Paulk mentored Breelyn Clark to back-to-back CIAA Setter of the Year honors and Noelani Beard to CIAA Offensive Player of the Year honors. Clark, Beard, and Kamille Patrick all repeated as All-CIAA First Team Selections and newcomer Ilani Myers was selected All-CIAA first team right side and second team utility player. Mallory Brown and Cheyenne Hodges earned All-CIAA second team honors and Khamare Steppe was named to the All-CIAA rookie team.
In the 2021 season, Paulk led a team that included only one returner to a regular-season championship, a Northern Division championship, and a CIAA Championship runner-up finish with an 18-6 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the CIAA. After a preseason ranking of 4th and not a single player on the Preseason All-Conference Team, Breelyn Clark, Mallory Brown, Noelani Beard, and Kamille Patrick were selected to the All-CIAA First Team. In addition, Clark and Brown were voted Setter of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, respectively. Patrick was also selected to the CIAA All-Rookie Team. The Shaw volleyball team was the top serving team in the nation and led the nation in aces per set with 2.76.
During his first season at the helm in 2019, Paulk guided the Lady Bears to a CIAA Championship runner-up finish with a 17-10 overall record and a 16-2 mark in the CIAA. Five Lady Bears were selected to the All-CIAA team, including CIAA Setter of the Year Jada Flowers. Amari Fletcher, Jailynn Butler, and Tyler Hunter were all chosen First Team All-CIAA while Karla Sosa was tabbed Second Team All-Conference. Additionally, Hunter led the nation in service aces per set (.60).
Paulk joined the Shaw athletics department after a year at the helm of the Louisburg College volleyball team. At Louisburg, he coached the team to an 8-4 region record and a 4th place region finish, up from 7th the year before. It was the highest finish in over a decade for the Hurricanes. Paulk mentored three all-region player selections while at Louisburg.
Prior to Louisburg, he spent two years as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central University. The Lady Eagles qualified for the MEAC conference tournament in back-to-back seasons that Paulk spent with the team.
Along with his collegiate coaching, Paulk is Co-Founder and Director of Training for Carolina Advantage Volleyball. He was also the coach for the N.C. State men’s club volleyball team in 2018, helping them to the gold bracket and a 9th place finish at the NCVF National Tournament.
Paulk’s playing career started at NC State where he became president of the men’s club volleyball team in 2014. He led the team to a 5th and 9th place finish at Nationals while garnering an All-Tournament award as a setter and Team MVP in 2015. Paulk led the team as an outside hitter in 2016.In addition to his indoor volleyball experience, Paulk trains athletes and competes in beach volleyball events. He won the NCSVA Collegiate Beach Volleyball National Championship in Hermosa, Ca, in 2016. While in California, Paulk also won a Huntington Beach adult tournament and earned his CBVA AA rating.
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.
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!