DAWN NORRIS – Coach / Executive Director
Dawn is the Club Director and one of the founders of Eastern Elite Volleyball Club. Dawn brings a tremendous amount of passion and competitive edge to Eastern Elite. She has several years of high school coaching experience at the varsity level and 14 years of USAV Junior Olympic Volleyball coaching experience at the 15's, 16’s, 17’s and 18’s level. In 2016 Dawn’s 15's Team won the gold medal at the USAV Carolina East Regional Championship. In 2015 her 15's team won the gold medal at the Shamrock Festival in Roanoke, and the silver medal in the USAV Carolina East Regional Championship. In 2013 her 18's USAV National Team ended their season second in points in the USA Volleyball – Carolina Region, and brought home Gold and Silver medals at 2 of their 3 Carolina Regional tournaments. Her 2013 18's National team also finished 2nd in their divisions at 3 national tournaments. In 2011 Coach Norris led her 17’s team to win the USAV Junior Olympic - Carolina Regional Championships. Dawn loves coaching the sport of volleyball and leads her players by continually challenging and pushing them to become stronger and better athletes. Her competitiveness, passion, and dedication for the sport are used to convey these ideals to her athletes. She ultimately hopes that all athletes working with her learn these lessons and become stronger volleyball players so they are able to succeed at the collegiate level. Dawn attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She is currently employed as a Registered Nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital as Director of Nursing Services. Dawn lives in Goldsboro and has three children.
MIKE BOLECHOWSKI – Coach / Director of Coaching / Recruiting Coordinator
Mike grew up playing volleyball in California as a kid, and hasn’t stopped playing the game. Mike’s school didn’t offer men’s volleyball, so he took the opportunity to play for a club team, where he started out in the middle. In 1995, Mike joined the Air Force and was stationed in Louisiana, where he played and traveled with his team to different outdoor tournaments. When he was stationed in England, Mike jumped on the chance to play for the base team. While there, his team won multiple European championships, along with 2 Air North championships. He was asked to coach the women’s base team, and successfully led them to a European championship and runners up at the Air North tournament. While in England, Mike created an all-star team to travel around and play in different tournaments and to play in pre-season warm up games for the English volleyball league. When he wasn’t playing indoor, you could find him playing outdoor on the grass, and his most notable win was at an international tournament in Bath, England on a Rugby pitch, where his team played in a tournament for over 3 days, and came home victorious. Mike said his time spent overseas playing volleyball was a truly amazing opportunity. Mike, a CAP1 certified coach, is entering his 6th year coaching for Eastern Elite and is also one of the Varsity Volleyball coaches at Wayne Country Day School. In 2016, Mike’s Eastern Elite 17's team earned a bid to the USAV Junior National Championship, and also won the USAV Carolina Region East Championship and therefore qualified to compete in the USAV North Carolina State Championship. Mike has held and assisted with clinics and camps for youth in the Goldsboro and Seymour Johnson AFB communities the past 2 summers and heads the Eastern Elite Sand Training Program.
TJ LANCASTER - Coach / Tournament Director
Tj brings 8 years of Junior Olympic and 16 years of high school coaching experience to Eastern Elite Volleyball Club. TJ graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in History Education. TJ served as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach for 5 years and the Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for 6 years at Charles B. Aycock. TJ also helped lead the Lady Falcons Softball Team to State Championship Final Four Appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006 during his 5 years as the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach. He began his teaching career in the History Department of Wayne School of Engineering during its inaugural year in 2007. He took over the Goldsboro High School volleyball program in 2008, where he continues to coach while teaching History and Physical Education at Wayne School of Engineering. In 2011, TJ led his Goldsboro Cougars Volleyball team to their first state playoff appearance since 1986. He also oversaw the creation of Goldsboro High School's first ever Junior Varsity Volleyball team. In 2014 TJ was named Eastern Carolina 2A Conference High School Volleyball Coach of the year and in 2018 led the Goldsboro program to the third round of the North Carolina State Championships making school history!
ELLEN MORGAN - Coach / Alumni
Ellen Morgan is an Eastern Elite alumni and was a member of the 18’s National team our inaugural year. That team ended their season second in overall points in the USAV Junior Olympic – Carolina Region, and finished 2nd in their divisions at both Big South and Capitol Hill. She holds the Eastern Elite record for kills in one season, as well as career kills. She was a member of the women's volleyball team at the University of Mount Olive for 2 seasons until a shoulder injury ended her competitive playing career. Ellen played USAV Junior Olympic Volleyball for 6 years and has played competitively for 9 years (both indoor and sand). Ellen was recruited as a Middle Hitter, but has also played both Outside and Opposite for her teams over the years. Ellen finished her prep career with 2,056 kills. In high school Ellen led her team to 4 consecutive appearances in the North Carolina State Championship playoffs and led the team in both kills and blocks all 4 years she played. She was named to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Carolina Region All Tournament Team, the Carolina Conference Varsity All Conference Team (4 times), was a North Carolina High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete award winner (4 times), and was selected as the News Argus Volleyball Player of the Year as a freshman. Ellen coached at Toledo Christian High School in the fall of 2017 and led that team to the quarter finals of the Ohio State Championships. In the fall of 2018, Ellen was the interim coach at Neuse Charter School in Smithfield, assisting that team to their first ever State Championship playoff game, where they won and played through the second round. In the winter of 2018, Ellen coached 3 teams at Glass City Athletics while living in Ohio. Under her coaching leadership her 10’s team won the USA Volleyball Ohio Valley Region Championship, her 13’s team placed third in the USA Volleyball Ohio Valley Region Championship, and her 15’s team won the Mid East Qualifier, earning a bid to Nationals. Ellen is excited to be back in North Carolina and entering her 4th season as an Eastern Elite coach.
ANDREW SYDOW - Coach
Andrew Sydow was a four-year member of the University of Mount Olive Men’s Volleyball program, and is the current Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach at Chowan University. While at UMO, Andrew was nominated as the Conference Carolina Offensive Player of the year in 2015, was named as the team’s MVP in 2015, was selected for the 2015 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Team, was listed on the 2016 Off the Block Middle Blocker of the Year Watch List, was selected as the Off the Block National Offensive Player of the Night in 2017. Andrew currently holds the University of Mount Olive’s school record for most blocks in a single match (12). Off the court, Andrew was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the University of Mount Olive Leadership Program. In 2015 Andrew finished 3rd in hitting percentage for all of Division I/II men’s programs, with a hitting percentage of .466%, and finished 27th in blocks per set for all of Division I/II men’s programs. Andrew graduated from Mount Olive in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure with an emphasis in Sport Management and possesses a minor in coaching. He has played competitively for 9 years, most recently in the 2018 USA Volleyball Adult Nationals in Dallas, TX. He played 4 years of USAV for Richmond Volleyball Club and 4 years for Cosby High School where he led his team to the 2012 Virginia State Championship game. Previous to his current position at Chowan, Andrew spent the 2017 season as the women’s volunteer assistant at Bowling Green State University, near Toledo. At Bowling Green, he worked primarily with middle blockers, as his efforts helped the team earn a MAC All-Freshman selection and two MAC defensive Player of the Week selections. The middle blockers performed at the top of the MAC conference with 1.22 blocks per set and improved existing statistics by 50 percent. During his time with Bowling Green, the Falcons were named MAC Regular Season Co-Champions and MAC East Division Co-Champions. In addition to working at Bowling Green, Andrew has gained extensive knowledge working collegiate team camps such as: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State. Andrew is an AVCA member coach and has coached USA Junior Olympic Volleyball for Glass City in Toledo, Two Rivers Volleyball in Richmond and is happy to be back in North Carolina entering his second season with Eastern Elite.
BROOKE NORRIS - Coach
Brooke Norris is entering her 6th season of USAV coaching. In high school, Brooke excelled in both volleyball and basketball. She helped lead her volleyball team to the NCISAA state playoffs and represented her school by accepting an invitation to play in the prestigious North Carolina East vs. North Carolina West All-Star game and was named her teams Most Valuable Player. Brooke played 2 years of USAV Junior Olympic Volleyball before she was recruited to play collegiately at The University of Mount Olive (then known as Mount Olive College). At Mount Olive she was the starting libero for 2 years before transferring to William Peace University. During her time at William Peace, she played both setter and libero for 2 years and holds three school records: digs in one match (37); career assist percentage per set; and assists in one match (49). Brooke graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Biology and is currently enrolled in nursing school to pursue a second bachelors (BSN). Her goal is to become an acute care or emergency department practitioner. Brooke spent three seasons as an Eastern Elite Coach and returns to our program this season after spending the 2018 season living in the Chicago area. During her time in Chicago, she coached with 1st Alliance Lions Juniors and Next Level Athletes Volleyball Club.
CASEY YOUNG - Coach / Alumni
Casey Young is an Eastern Elite Volleyball alumni player and brings with her 6 years of Junior Olympic playing experience and is entering her 4th year of Junior Olympic Coaching. Casey was a standout athlete at Eastern Wayne High School, and was their Volleyball Most Valuable Player award recipient 3 times and a 4 time all conference selection. She was recruited to play at North Carolina Wesleyan and spent two seasons playing for the Bishops as an Outside Hitter and Defensive Specialist. During her time at North Carolina Wesleyan she was awarded the NCAA academic award both her freshman and sophomore year, and has also been on the President’s List 3 years. Casey is a math major with a minor in secondary education. She is currently the Rocky Mount Academy volleyball coach. Under Casey’s guidance this season, her junior varsity team at Rocky Mount Academy has been undefeated and for the first time in school history their varsity team has a winning record and also made it to the 2nd round of the state playoffs.
SAVANNA MASSENGILL - Coach
Savanna is currently a senior at The University of Mount Olive majoring in Health and Physical Education. She is entering her 2nd year of Junior Olympic Volleyball coaching. Savanna played volleyball competitively for 9 years, and brings 4 years of coaching experience to our program. Savanna was a superior student athlete at Princeton High School, playing varsity middle hitter all 4 years. She was selected as an all conference volleyball team member each year of high school and was chosen as the News Argus Player of the year both her sophomore and senior year. Savanna led the Princeton volleyball team to the state championship semi-final matches both her junior and senior year, and was selected for the WRAL Extra Effort Award her senior year. She was recruited out of high school for both volleyball and basketball and accepted a scholarship to play volleyball as a Middle Hitter at Lenoir Community College for 2 seasons, before transferring to UMO to complete her degree and pursue coaching opportunities. Before starting her current job 2 years ago as the Princeton Middle School Head Volleyball Coach and Head Softball Coach, Savanna spent one season as the head coach for Bethel Christian Academy’s JV and Varsity volleyball teams, and one season as the Head JV basketball and Assistant Varsity basketball coach at Eastern Wayne High School and has volunteered numerous hours as a volunteer coach over the years in her community.
OLIVIA SMITH - Coach
Olivia Smith is a senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College and has a dual major of Psychology and Business. She was a 2 year member of the Bishops Women’s Volleyball team at NC Wesleyan, playing both Middle Hitter and Opposite Hitter. Off the court, Olivia has been named to the President’s Honors List every year at NC Wesleyan and is also an assistant to the school’s athletic trainers. She played USA Junior Olympic Volleyball for 4 years, and was a member of the Heritage High School women’s team in Newport News, Virginia for 4 years, playing competitively for 9 years. During her prep career at Heritage, Olivia was named the conference player of the year, was selected to the first team all district team, and also the first team all conference team. Olivia has been coaching since 2013, volunteering with numerous collegiate and community volleyball camps and is looking forward to begin her second season as an Eastern Elite Coach. Olivia’s goal is to become a sports psychologist in the future and to help athletes improve on the main part of athletics…the mental drive. She strongly believes that sports (or any challenge in life) is 90% mental and 10% skill.
MARIA FELDPAUSCH - Coach
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BRIANNA SMITH - Coach
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SARAH SAWYER - Coach / Alumni
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HANNAH PEARSON - Coach / Alumni
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CYERRA CARTER - Student Volunteer / Alumni
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COURTNEY GARRIS - Student Volunteer / Alumni
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HANNAH THRASHER - Coach
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HAILEIGH RIESENBECK - Coach
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We are pleased to offer a strong line-up of experienced coaches with 70 years of combined coaching experience and over 100 years of combined playing experience.
Eastern Elite requires all of our coaches to be USAV IMPACT certified. Many of our coaches also have additional training certifications earned in their quest for continual improvement and love of the game.