DAWN NORRIS – 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 13 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 – 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 5th 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.
Pam has coached 5 seasons of USAV Junior Olympic volleyball in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Raised in Northern Virginia, Pam played at Lee High School and for the USAV Junior Olympic team NOVA Hokuleas, and her NOVA team attended USAV Junior National Championships twice in Houston and Salt Lake City. Pam was selected and played one year with the Chesapeake Region High Performance team, competing in Austin, TX. She was named First-Team All-District and All-Region, and Second-Team All-Met in the DC Metro area, serving as captain her Junior and Senior years while winning back-to-back district titles. Pam attended Franklin & Marshall College as a setter and won the Centennial Conference championship her senior year, qualifying for the NCAA tournament. She was named to the First-Team All-Conference team in college and served as team captain her junior and senior year. Twin sister Mary played Defensive Specialist at Christopher Newport University. In 2016, Pam’s EEVC 18s team earned a bid to the USAV Junior National Championship, and also qualified to compete in the USAV North Carolina State Championship. Pam moved to Goldsboro in 2015 with her husband who flies the F-15 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. She is looking forward to starting her 3rd season with Eastern Elite.
Tj brings 7 years of Junior Olympic and 15 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 led the Goldsboro Cougars to the best season record in school history and was named Eastern Carolina 2A Conference High School Volleyball Coach of the year!
Beth began her volleyball career as a middle hitter in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her senior year of high school she was named to the Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1st team All-Conference team. Beth went on to play collegiately at Liberty University after high school, and then transferred to Lancaster Bible College’s team where she received All-Conference honors and held the school record for block assists from 1996-2002. She began her coaching career in 2000 and has coached middle school through the collegiate level over the past 16 years. She was named the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Coach of the Year during her tenure as the head coach at Washington Bible College. She served as middle school, JV and then varsity coach at North East High School in Pennsylvania before relocating to North Carolina. She is currently the Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Wayne Christian School, where her teams were the regular season conference champions and made it to the final four of the state championship this past season. This will be Beth’s third season coaching with Eastern Elite. Last season Beth’s Eastern Elite 15’s team won the Carolina Eastern Regional Championships and a member of her team was named the tournament MVP.
Robert is a Senior Outside/Opposite Hitter on the University Of Mount Olive Men’s Volleyball team and is from London, England. He played on the Boswells Blaze junior teams, winning 4 national championships back-to-back (one in the 16U division and three in the 18U division) going undefeated in the national finals along with being voted Most Valuable Player in the 18U final in 2014 before he came to America. Robert has also represented the England youth teams (14 Caps), playing in the European Junior Championships and has also represented Great Britain (18U) in Brazil in 2012. During his time at the University of Mount Olive, Robert has won Player of The Week accolades in both conference and university awards, and also nearly broke the school record for kills when he had 27 kills in a 4 set match during the 2016 spring season. During the summer Robert plays beach volleyball for the England youth teams, having already played in two 22U European Championships and has also represented Great Britain in the World University Games, as well as England seniors at Northern European senior competitions. He is currently a member of both the Indoor and Beach National Senior squads. He has aided the national junior squads at training camps in England, and was an assistant coach for the local junior program close to his home before he came to United States. Robert also coached his high school’s 15U team to both the local and regional finals.
Heather is currently enrolled in the Nursing program at Pitt Community College, in Greenville, NC, and has been playing volleyball since 6th grade. Heather’s high school team at Wilson Christian Academy won the state championships 3 out of 4 years while she played on their varsity team. She played middle hitter, until she switched to the outside hitter position her junior year. Heather was named Most Valuable Player both her junior and senior year; was named to the All Conference Team her sophomore, junior and senior years; and was named to the All State Team her junior and senior years. She led her Wilson Christian team in kills and aces both her junior and senior year. Heather played Junior Olympic Volleyball for 3 years during high school (her senior year on a team coached by Eastern Elite’s director Dawn Norris) and was recruited to play collegiately at the University of Mount Olive. She played outside hitter at UMO for 1 year before a change of major required her to transfer schools. She then went on to play outside hitter for Pitt Community College. Heather also served as an assistant coach for the Pitt Community College team for one season before she began her nursing program. She has also assisted with numerous volleyball camps and clinics at both the high school and Junior Olympic level. Heather is a Registered Nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital , and is very excited to be able to start her 2nd season as a coach with Eastern Elite and help the girls to achieve their goals.
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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 have additional certifications earned in their quest for continual improvement and love of the game.