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.
Emma Celentano was named the head coach at the University of Mount Olive in December 2019. With COVID-19 producing some unexpected challenges to a head coaching career, Emma finally got to complete her first season in spring 2021.
The team was projected to finish 9 out of 11 and far surpassed expectations with a 3rd place finish. It was the first time UMO had finished with a winning record and won a conference playoff game since 2013. That initial success was upheld in the fall 2021 where Emma had her first “normal” season – one with a full schedule. The team sustained what they were starting to build and had their first 15-win season since 2013. In addition, one of her players Amara Eziakonwa was recognized as a First-Team All-Conference selection by leading the league in attack percentage.
The success only continued into the 2022 season, where the team will get to see the year hang in the rafters as they claimed a share of the 2022 Regular Season Championship. Some of the highlights included:
The first 20-win season since 2005
Two First Team All-Conference performers – Middle Blocker Amara Eziakonwa and Libero Morgan Prots
Finishing third in all of NCAA Division II in aces per set, averaging 2.54 and leading the entire country in total aces at 302
The team’s 9 losses only coming to regionally ranked teams
Her career started at North Carolina Central University where she worked as the associate head volleyball 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 started her coaching career in the club world back in 2013 and spent the last 5 years growing Carolina Edge. The club started off with 4 teams in its first season and steadily grew to having 11 teams this past year in 21/22. The focus on youth development and exposing all of the club’s athletes to high-level college coaching is exactly what she hopes to continue bringing to Advantage.
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.
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.
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Megan is ecstatic to join Carolina Advantage. She has been coaching club volleyball for 8 years at a multitude of levels from 17 open to regional 12s.
Megan is an NC State graduate with her BS and MS in accounting. She was a member of the NSCU Women’s Club Volleyball Team during all 4 years of undergrad where she played as a middle blocker and right side hitter on the top team. Megan is now an avid beach volleyball player. She loves to compete in sand volleyball tournaments around the region. Megan is also an active volunteer at Hope Reins where she serves as a session leader on a weekly basis.
Megan’s favorite thing about coaching volleyball is helping players build a love for the game and teaching them to play the sport creatively. She is a huge believer in high-energy, game-like practices where players are getting as many good repetitions as possible.
Jailynn Hunt graduated from Shaw University in May 2021 with a degree in Elementary Education. She also married her Shaw sweetheart Devon Hunt, in June 2021, and was hired as the assistant volleyball coach at Cary Academy. Jailynn is pursuing a full-time career in coaching and was a head coach or assistant on Edge’s top 17s or 16s teams the past three years.
Jailynn spent her final year at Shaw competing for JP. She was a senior outside hitter for Shaw and earned All-Conference honors in addition to team MVP. She’s originally from Parker, Arizona and played her freshman and sophomore years at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.
She spends most of her free time facetiming family back home and spending time with her dog Kali. Butler is also a huge football fan and loves supporting her underrated Arizona Cardinals. Jailynn had this to say about the upcoming season, “I am so excited to continue coaching the sport I love to girls who can be amazing athletes. It’s my goal to eventually open my own club and inspire young volleyball players.”
Tyler Hunter, prefers Ty, completed her degree at Shaw University in social work and hopes to one day take her craft into the school systems. The Atlanta, GA native was a senior rightside hitter for the Bears in 2019 under JP. Tyler played her freshman and sophomore year at Pasco-Hernando State College in Tampa, Florida and afterwards transferred to Shaw to finish her volleyball career.
Ty was the best server in all of NCAA Division II volleyball in her senior year campaign in addition to earning all-conference accolades.
Tyler spends most of her free time watching movies with friends, catching up on her rest, or spending hours on the phone with her loved ones back home.
During the season Ty’s primary goal is to help each young girl become confident in themselves and build their character. She hopes to bring her team members to their full potential as an athlete and as student. As the head coach or assistant of Edge’s top 17s or 18s these past three years, Tyler showed how to bring energy and kept her athletes smiling.
Maureen Celentano, better known as Mo, works for Merz Asethetics as an analyst, but is daydreaming about volleyball for the better part of the day. She started with Edge in 2020 working with the top 14s team for 2 years and is now excited to be at Advantage and looking to increase the amount of time she’s in the gym working on her craft.
Mo completed her bachelor’s degree at NC State University in Animal Science, and prior to transferring to State, played for Wake Tech as an outside hitter before transferring to NC State (yes, she’s bigger than her sister :).
Mo spends most of her free time exploring her new love for golf and taking care of her puppy Nova. If she is not doing either of those activities, she is getting some much-needed rest to bring the energy in the gym to her teams.
During the season Mo’s ultimate goal is to see each girl become a hungry competitor while also having as much fun as possible. She hopes to encourage young girls to be the best student-athletes they can be and hopes her experience through recruiting and playing at a JUCO can help guide Advantage’s athletes.
Shannon is the newly appointed varsity head coach at Panther Creek High School. She is our resident tech genius and kickball enthusiast.
Mallory Brown transferred to Shaw University in the Fall of 2020 from McCook Community College to complete her education and volleyball career. Mallory won the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year award, leading the conference in kills per set, points per set, and being top 5 in hitting percentage for Bears this season. When not in the gym, Mallory is working to complete her Political Science-International Relations major.
In Mallory’s sophomore season at McCook she was a co-captain for the team and she ranked top-10 in both kills and digs in Region IX South. In her free time, Mallory enjoys spending time with her dogs, watching tv, and playing volleyball.
Her goal this season is to help these young athletes develop strong fundamental skills, build their volleyball IQ, and guide them to be great people on and off the court.
Ilani Myers graduated from East Central University with a bachelors degree in Psychology. After graduating and earning the All GAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award, Ilani transferred to Shaw University to begin a masters degree and finish her volleyball career under JP. Prior, she attended Colby Community college where she gained experience playing a number of positions. Her experience has developed her volleyball intelligence and increased her love for the game.
When she is not on the court Ilani is finding new ways to compete with her brothers, spending time with her mom, or adventuring her hometown with friends.
During the season Ilani’s primary goal is to develop young athletes on and off of the volleyball court. She hopes to build relationships with players and encourage them to play towards their own individual strengths. She believes attitude and effort lead players to being successful and strives to embody that as an athlete and coach. Ilani is very excited to join Emma and JP for her first year with the club!
Meghan played club volleyball for 7 years at East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club in Greenville, North Carolina. Her club teams qualified for nationals in Texas and Ohio for 2 of her 7 seasons.
She then went on to play DI volleyball and soccer at UNC-Asheville. Meghan has conquered 5 knee surgeries throughout her athletic career allowing her to see another side of the game as a coach while she recovered from surgery multiple times.
Meghan coached at Biltmore Volleyball Academy for 2 years and Burke Elite Volleyball Academy for 3 years prior to that. This past year, she was the Head JV volleyball coach for both JVA/JVB teams at Panther Creek High School and coached with Carolina Edge’s top 15s team. Meghan is currently working and studying to be a physical therapist, and is excited to join the Advantage family this season!
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!
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!
Tyesha was born and raised in Oakland, California. In middle school, she started playing volleyball and immediately became enamored with the sport. Her volleyball career continued at Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. As a captain and setter, she guided her team to the first playoff appearance in school history.
She continued playing in college in West Virginia. After a shoulder injury ended her career, she began coaching gymnastics. Tyesha had the privilege of coaching two consecutive State and Regional Championship teams.
Tyesha received a Pre-Law degree while in West Virginia. She made the decision to return to school at North Carolina Central University. which she obtained a degree in health and physical education.
After earning her degree from NCCU, she began working as a teacher and high school volleyball coach at Bluestone High School in Virginia. She moved back to North Carolina in 2018 and started working as a coach and teacher at Rolesville High School. This will be Ty’s sixth year as a high school coach and her fourth year as a club volleyball coach. Tyesha used to coach club volleyball for Carolina Edge, Carolina Explosion, and Carolina Legacy before to joining Advantage. She is so excited to be a part of the Advantage Family!
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Noelani, Noe, Beard is from the island of Oʻahu in the most beautiful state in the nation, Hawaiʻi (this may be biased ;). She started competing in volleyball when she was a freshman in high school and instantly fell in love with the game. After high school Noe spent her first two years of her undergraduate career at a junior college in southern Oregon in a first year volleyball program where she helped lead the team in back-to-back region championships.
She has now ventured to the second most beautiful state to finish her academic and volleyball career for JP at Shaw University. In the 2021 season, Noe was recognized as a CIAA First-Team All-Conference player, she’s hoping to repeat the feat in 2022 and add CIAA Conference Champion to that resume.
Outside of volleyball she enjoys being outdoors and getting involved in the community. When Noe is home in Hawai’i she enjoys going to the beach and eating the best food in the world.
Noelani’s goal this year at CAV, is to assist Jailynn in teaching the girls how to compete at a high level in the sport we all love. Noe had this to say about being a first-year coach at Advantage, “I am thankful for this opportunity to help the younger generation become better volleyball players, students, and people overall. Go Advantage.”
Daniela has played 9 years of volleyball. She attends NC State University where she played 2.5 years for the D1 Women’s Volleyball team. Prior to having a season ending injury, she played the first 15 matches of her freshman season. Her D1 career was cut short due to medical reasons, but after retiring Daniela joined the NC State Women’s Club Volleyball team this past spring.
She graduated from NCSU this past spring with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She is going back to NCSU this fall to complete her second B.S. in Accounting. After graduation, she plans to sit for her CPA exams.
Daniela is a Raleigh native. She attended Leesville Road High School where she was a 4 year All-Conference for volleyball. She was named a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace back in 2018 as one of the nations top recruits. She also earned Prep Volleyball All-American honorable mention in 2018. Daniela is excited to be joining the Carolina Advantage family and can’t wait for a great season of volleyball!
In her first season with Shaw after transferring from Wake Tech, Bree garnered the conference Setter of the Year accolade with nearly 3 more assists per set than 2nd place. Bree is excited for her final season and is determined to earn the Bears another conference championship.
While at Wake Tech, she earned first team all-region as a freshman and sophomore. As a sophomore, Breelyn was also one of only three players from the region to be nominated as an All-American. She led the team as captain for both years and received was honored as the Scholar Athlete, MVP, and Golden Eagle through her career at Wake Tech.
Breelyn is majoring in Accounting and is just as passionate about learning in the classroom as she is in the gym. Outside of her internships, she has been starting a business, playing sand, and playing with her dogs Reese & Twix.
During her third season coaching club, Breelyn’s goal is to help each girl develop both their physical and mental abilities on the court. She’s ecstatic to be JP’s assistant coach again and cannot wait for practices to begin!
Kamille Patrick is from Conway, South Carolina and is entering her junior year as a member of the Shaw University volleyball team. After her first season for the Bears was snatched away by covid, she dominated the second, making first team all-conference along with the all-rookie team with the second highest hitting percentage and top ten in points per set. Kamille also finished top 10 in the nation in aces per set.
Prior to her collegiate start, Kamille played volleyball for 8 years for Grand Strand Juniors. She had such a great experience under Coach Church in that program and now learning from JP that she wants to get a coaching career of her own started.
Kamille wants to teach the girls this season that growth is a process and it takes time and work for your game to grow and improve, with a huge part of that being the mental side to volleyball and sport. She plans to put psychology minor to good use with helping the Advantage youth grow their mental game. In her free time outside of volleyball, Kamille is pursing a Business Management degree.
Anderson Van Lenten attends NC State and is pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Anderson plays as an outside and right side and helps run the NC State Men’s club team. This past year at nationals, Anderson and his team finished 5th in gold dropping only 2 matches. Anderson started his juniors coaching career this past year as a practice coach with Carolina Edge’s two 15s teams.
In addition to indoor, he also plays sand volleyball for Growler, a local St. Baldricks volleyball tournament that is held annually and raises money for research into childhood cancers. To donate to the cause and help us see Anderson bald, you can donate here.
In high school Anderson played baseball and ran cross country. He spends most of his free time playing and watching sports with his friends, especially the Philadelphia Eagles and the 76ers.
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.
A Columbia University graduate, Camryn earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Earth & Environmental Engineering. She was a part of the Combined Plan Program (3-2 Engineering Program) and in addition to Columbia, earned her B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in French from Whittier College.
She played 3 years of collegiate volleyball as a setter at Whittier College where Camryn was a captain of the team for two seasons. Camryn was a top scholar collegiate athlete and named to 2nd-Team All SCIAC. At Whittier, Camryn tallied 5.77 assists per set and a .316 hitting percentage.
Since graduation, Camryn has entered the private sector where she works in renewable energy and storage solutions. She joined Enertis as an Associate Project Engineer in July 2021.
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.
Morgan Prots graduated high school early to start playing for the University of Mount Olive in January of 2021. Entering her third season, she has racked up an All-Tournament team conference award and the Hustle and Effort award presented by UMO. She hopes to acquire an All-Conference team which she is so deserving of :)!
Outside of volleyball, Morgan is studying Elementary Education and one day wants to be a principal. She is very very passionate about the public school systems in North Carolina and hopes to change the way they are operated one day. When she is not skinning her knees on the court or teaching 3rd graders math, you can find her laying in her bed with a book and her two cats Oscar and Tyler.
Morgan’s goal for her first year of coaching is to help athletes make progress in their abilities, but most importantly to ensure that every athlete finds joy in this sport. Morgan is very excited to teach the sport she loves and learn more about herself and others in the process!
Paige is a current student in her fourth year at NC State University. She has played volleyball for over 9 years as a middle blocker. Prior to attending NC State, she played her freshman year of college at William Peace University. When covid hit, Paige transferred to Wake Tech Community College and played volleyball there before finally transferring to NC State where she plays intramurals.
Paige is currently studying Design at NC State and is set to graduate in December of 2023. Her goal is to be a graphic designer and eventually go back to school to get a degree in animation.
Growing up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, Paige attended Southern Wake Academy and played all four years of high school on the varsity team. In her senior year they won the State Championship, and the volleyball team was the first athletic team at the school to win a State Champion title.