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.
Emma Celentano just finished her 4th season as head coach of the University of Mount Olive women’s volleyball team. She engineered an incredible turnaround, inheriting a team that had 8 consecutive losing seasons and immediately turning them into a winning program capped off with back to back 20+ win seasons.
In 2023, Celentano was awarded Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for leading the Trojans to the top conference record of 14-3 and a regional ranking of 6th. She mentored libero Morgan Prots to a program first Defensive Player of the Year award, Karoline Cox to the First Team, and Ashlyn Stone to the Second Team.
In 2022, Celentano and the Trojans achieved a 23-9 overall record and went 15-2 in conference play. It was the program’s first 20+ win season in 17 years. Amara Eziakonwa was tabbed First Team All Conference for the second time.
2021 was Celentano’s first full season at Mt. Olive following the shortened Covid season and the team maintained the improvements shown in the shortened season finishing 15-14 overall and 9-8 in conference. Celentano guided Amara Eziakonwa to the First Team All Conference as a middle blocker.
Coach Celentano’s first season at the helm moved into the spring of 2021 due to Covid restrictions and the team fired out of the gates to a 7-4 record, 6-3 in conference. An amazing change from a team that went 8-16, 4-12 in conference the season before Celentano took the reins.
Celentano came to UMO after 4 years with NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University as the associate head coach and assistant coach (elevated in 2019).
Celentano also co-founded Carolina Advantage Volleyball in 2022 where she is a Director of Training. She obtained her Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science with a Sport Administration Minor from University of North Carolina and her Masters in Physical Education from North Carolina Central University.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.”