|January 14 - 16||City of Oaks||Raleigh, NC|
|January 29||Advantage Day||@Netsports|
|February 18 - 19||Charlotte AAU||Rock Hill, SC|
|March 3 - 5||Sunshine National Qualifier||Orlando, FL|
|March 11 - 12||Locomotive Challenge||Rocky Mount, NC|
|March 31 - April 2||Big South National Qualifier||Atlanta, GA|
|April 14 - 16||Northeast National Qualifier||Philadelphia, PA|
|April 29 - 30||Showdown in the Smokies||Knoxville, TN|
|May 13 - 14||South Carolina Grand Prix||Spartanburg, SC|
|June TBD||AAU Nationals||Orlando, FL|
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.
Da’Nesha Miller (aka Dee) is the Graduate Assistant Coach at Fayetteville State University where she accumulated many collegiate accolades. Da’Nesha has coached club volleyball for 5 years now and also coached one year as a High School Coach where she won a championship in 2020. Da’Nesha has a wide breadth of experience working with players as young as nine to now college athletes. She loves running one-on-one sessions with players to help them to improve their technique and game. At her prior clubs, Da’Nesha designed individual and small-group lesson plans, aiming to support existing competencies and foster the cultivation of new ones.
In 2017, Da’Nesha began her collegiate career at NC Central, was an immediate starter, and was picked as a captain during her freshman year. She finished her studies and athletic career at Fayetteville State where Da’Nesha was named Female-Athlete of the Year and nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. While at Fayetteville, Da’Nesha received multiple Food Lion Athlete of the Week Accolades, won back to back CIAA Championships, and was named back to back Conference Tournament MVP.
Da’Nesha was born and raised in Hilton Head Island, SC. During high school, Da’Nesha won the South Carolina State Championship in 2015. Da’Nesha is super excited to re-unite with JP and Emma and help better the futures of every young athlete she can!
McKayla Young graduated from North Carolina Central University in May 2021 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She was recently hired as the assistant JV volleyball coach at Carolina Friends School. McKayla has a great passion for the game and growth of individuals on and off the court. She has provided private lessons and worked with teams at CUVC and CJV along with assisting with all of NCCU’s volleyball camps for high school students. It is her goal to set up a foundation to further develop the skills of youth who have a passion for the game but lack the resources and facilities.
McKayla had 168 career block assists and 204 career total blocks both rank ninth all-time in program history. Her career average of 0.74 blocks per set ranks 10th all-time in program history. Her .2228 career hitting percentage ranks fourth in NCCU’s DI era.
She spends the little free time she has in the lab doing research, mentoring rising freshman, and spending quality time with her family. McKayla wants those coming in to grow their love for volleyball by growing on the court. She is extremely excited for this upcoming season and all the work that will be dedicated to not only being the best team but creating the best players.