Eastern Elite is always looking for new coaches to add to our experienced staff. We have openings for both experienced and new coaches. We offer teams ranging in age from U12 to U18; and we also offer other coaching opportunities after club season is over (summer programs and private lessons). We offer many opportunities to continue to improve your coaching craft. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in obtaining more information about becoming an Eastern Elite 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 currently serves as an assistant coach at Lenoir Community College and brings 10 years of Junior Olympic and 18 years of high school volleyball 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 and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Charles B. Aycock from 2001-2007. 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 led the Goldsboro High School volleyball program as head coach from 2008-2020, while teaching History and Physical Education at Wayne School of Engineering. He oversaw the creation of the school's first ever Junior Varsity Volleyball team. In 2011, TJ led Goldsboro Volleyball to their first state playoff appearance since 1986. In 2018, he led the program to the third round of the North Carolina State Championships, which is the deepest run in school history! Goldsboro won their first ever Conference Championship (2020) under his guidance. He has been recognized as the Conference Coach of the Year 3 times (2014, 2019 and 2020). Goldsboro made the state playoffs 6 times during his tenure.
Russell is a Scientist at Parker LORD Corporation in Cary, where he has worked for 30 years. He brings 8 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 in Johnston County; 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 one season as the 12U head coach at Joco with Sarah by his side as his assistant coach. Russell is entering his second season as a coach with Eastern Elite.