DAWN NORRIS – Executive Director - 15 BLACK HEAD COACH
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 16 years of USAV Junior Olympic Volleyball coaching experience at the 15's, 16’s, 17’s and 18’s level. During the 2019 season, Dawn led our 18's team to their first ever AAU Championship appearance where they won their division. 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 with UNC Healthcare as Director of Nursing Services. Dawn lives in Goldsboro and has one son and two daughters (both who played collegiate volleyball).
TJ LANCASTER - Program Director - 18 BLACK HEAD COACH
Tj brings 9 years of Junior Olympic and 17 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!
BROOKE NORRIS - 16 BLACK HEAD COACH
Brooke is entering her 8th season of USAV coaching. In high school, Brooke excelled in both volleyball and basketball. She helped lead her high school 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 the tournament's 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 has coached at Eastern Elite 5 seasons and returned to our program last 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. During her first year back with Eastern Elite in 2019 her 14's team won the USAV-Carolina Region Championships under her leadership. Brooke is currently a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Wayne UNC Hospital.
ELLEN MORGAN - Alumni - 14 BLACK HEAD COACH
Ellen Morgan is an Eastern Elite alumni and was a member of the 18’s team our inaugural year. That team ended their season second in overall points in the 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 volleyball team at the University of Mount Olive for 2 seasons until a shoulder injury ended her competitive playing career. In high school Ellen led her team to 4 consecutive appearances in the NCHSAA Championship playoffs and led her team in both kills and blocks all 4 years she played finishing her prep career with 2,056 kills. She was named to the USAV-Carolina Region All Tournament Team, the NCHSAA Carolina Conference Varsity All Conference Team (4 seasons), was a 4 time NCHSAA Scholar Athlete award winner, and was selected as the News Argus Volleyball Player of the Year as a freshman. After coaching our Eastern Elite 13’s, 15’s and 16’s teams from 2013-2017 Ellen moved to Ohio. During her time in Ohio she coached at Toledo Christian High School and led that team to the quarter finals of the Ohio State High School Championships, and also coached 3 USAV teams at Glass City Athletics. Under her coaching leadership at Glass City her 10’s team won the USAV Ohio Valley Region Championship and her 15’s team won the Mid East Qualifier and earned a bid to Nationals. In the fall of 2018, Ellen returned to North Carolina and was the interim coach at Neuse Charter School in Smithfield, assisting that team to their first ever State Championship playoff game and spent the club season coaching our Eastern Elite’s 16’s team. This past year Ellen lived in West Palm Beach, FL where she coached the Palm Beach Juniors 15 Elite team who won the USAV Florida Region Championship. Ellen is excited to be back home in North Carolina and is currently attending Liberty University for her Masters in History/Curriculum and Instruction.
AMBER LOUDENBURG - ASSISTANT COACH
Amber possesses more than 23 years of personal and professional volleyball experience. As a high school student-athlete she excelled both academically and athletically, affording her the ability to play collegiate volleyball on a scholarship with Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Amber Completed the remainder of her college athletic career in the United States Air Force. Her greatest personal athletic achievement was obtained in 2012, where she starred on the US Air Force Volleyball team as Captain, her position was Middle Hitter/Blocker and received a USAVB Silver Medal. Amber lives/plays/coaches by the motto, "play like the younger version of you is watching from the bleachers." Mentoring youth club teams is a passion of hers and she believes in making a positive impact during these formative years. She will graduate from Georgetown University May 2021, with her Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management. Amber spent 2 season's as an assistant coach with Eastern Elite in 2014 and 2015 and is looking forward to returning this season.
RUSSELL WALLS - ASSISTANT COACH
Russell is a Scientist at Parker LORD Corporation in Cary, where he has worked for 30 years. He brings 7 years of volleyball coaching experience with him to Eastern Elite. After coaching in Clayton’s first recreation volleyball league he began his USAV coaching journey. He began in 2010 as the head coach of the WAVE 12U team; winning medals in two of three tournaments. He spent the next three USAV seasons coaching with NC Elite Joco; one season as an assistant coach for 14U and two seasons as the head coach for 13U. He moved on to become the head coach for the Carolina Premiere 14U team out of Zebulon the following year before sitting out of coaching to watch his youngest daughter Sarah play USAV from the stands. Her final and best two seasons of club volleyball were spent playing for Eastern Elite on both their 17’s and finally on their 18’s team. Once Sarah completed her club volleyball tenure, Russell returned to coaching and spent last season as the 12U head coach at Joco with Sarah by his side as his assistant coach.
COURTNEY GARRIS - Alumni - ASSISTANT COACH
Courtney is an Eastern Elite alumni and a junior at the University of Mount Olive majoring in exercise science with a minor in coaching. She is currently in her third season as a member of the Trojan's women's volleyball team at Mount Olive, where she was named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll both her freshman and sophomore year, and was recenently named a Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award Recipient. She was a member of the volleyball, softball and track and field teams at South Johnston High School in Benson and played USA Volleyball for four seasons. During her time at South Johnston she received the coaches award for all three sports she played; was the captain of both her volleyball and softball teams her senior year; was named to the volleyball all-tournament team; and qualified for the state championship in the triple jump.
JESSICA WALL - Alumni - ASSISTANT COACH
Jessica is an Eastern Elite alumni and currently is a sophomore at Pitt Community College playing outside hitter for the Bulldog’s women’s volleyball team. She brings 9 years of competitive playing experience with her and has played 8 years of USA Volleyball (7 of those years with Eastern Elite). Jessica played 3 varsity seasons of volleyball at North Johnston High School where she received 2 All-Conference awards and was named the Panther’s MVP her senior season. Her goal is to transfer to East Carolina as a junior and major in interior design. This is Jessica’s second season coaching with Eastern Elite.
HANNAH PEARSON - Alumni - ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Hannah, is an Eastern Elite alumni and was a member of the 18’s team our inaugural year. That team ended their season second in overall points in the Carolina Region and finished 2nd in their divisions at both Big South and Capitol Hill. Hannah grew up in Goldsboro and was a 4 sport athlete in high school, her drive and athleticism destined her to be a leader, on and off the court or field. Before a serious car accident sidelined her during her sophomore year, she played and started in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and soccer. After over a year in physical therapy, she went on to lead and captain three of those sports. Once in college, Hannah played on the UNCW club volleyball team, where she learned and improved in the sport she loves the most...volleyball. Currently, she is working in Goldsboro as a vet assistant.