Steven Smith, President

Steven started Carolina Storm in 2005 and served as Club Director until April 2014. He now serves as President and Treasurer of the Storm organization. By reducing his role in daily operations, Steven is able to focus more of his time on helping families and helping players get into college. His passion for volleyball and desire to build the sport in our area led him to start Queen City Classic, a festival tournament held in the Charlotte Convention Center in 2013. In a short time the tournament has grown to over 270 teams with over 250 players participating in our annual recruiting showcase. Through his company, Volleyball Anarchy, Steven continues to strive to make the great sport of volleyball available to all who are interested in playing.

 
Michelle Phillips, Director of Club Operations and Coach
Michelle has been coaching volleyball since 1989. She has coached at every level from middle school to Division I as well as beginning and directing a club volleyball program (Wooster Elite VBC) while living in Ohio. She has been coaching for Storm since 2010 and served as Club Director since 2014. Her playing career included receiving a scholarship to play at Arkansas State University after playing with a top 20 NJCAA team at Scottsdale College. Michelle is excited to be a part of Storm and looking forward to continuing to develop a strong foundation of volleyball in the area.
Michelle is currently in her second year as the Head Volleyball Coach for Cox Mill High School and assisted the program to it's first ever overall conference championship in her first year.
 
Ralph Viegelmann, Director of College Recruiting and Coach
Ralph has been coaching volleyball for about 10-years, including the last six with Carolina Storm. He has also assisted with the Sun Valley High School program. Ralph is Impact Trained and CAP-1 Certified with USAV. In addition to coaching with Carolina Storm, Ralph also acts as the Director of Recruiting, runs the Queen City Classic Recruiting Showcase, and has assisted at the UNC-Chapel Hill Nike High Performance Camp (3-years) and Under Armour/Volleyball Factory National Tryout.
 
Marty Elvidge, Director of Information Technology and Coach

Marty was born and raised in East Smithfield, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Mansfield University where he started playing volleyball in the recreation league and then in club. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Marty continued to play USVBA "B" level Volleyball for a few seasons.  

In 1997 Marty and his family relocated to North Carolina. His daughter Casey played volleyball in high school as well as with Carolina Storm for three seasons. After playing for Storm she then joined Marty to coach with Storm for several seasons. Marty has been a head coach with Storm for five seasons in addition to helping out with Casey's teams. 

In addition to volleyball Marty also trains in martial arts and is a black belt in three different styles.  

Marty's philosophy in coaching is the same that he follows in life: Experience life don't just live it, learn at least one thing from each experience and use it to continually improve, and most of all have fun. 

 
Coach Vanessa James Colon (Coach V)
Vanessa was born and raised in St.Croix, US Virgin Islands. She grew up with a large family of (6) siblings, all Volleyball players of which 3, including herself, played at the college level. She has a vast background playing volleyball in Middle School, High School, Open/Club League, and Junior Nationals for the US Virgin Islands Team. She also received a volleyball scholarship at Barber Scotia College in 1995. After college she continued to play co-ed, sand and women’s volleyball in NC.

Coach V currently works as a Portfolio Planning Manager at Wells Fargo Bank and is the Head Volleyball Coach at Jay M. Robinson High School since 2014.

In 2009, Vanessa organized and led the volleyball clinic for girls ages 10-18 in summer at Ivory Baker Recreation Center in Charlotte; assistant coach at Ridge Road Middle School; and participated in coaching the local team age 13-15 at Lake Norman Volleyball Club. Vanessa joined Carolina Storm Volleyball Club in 2010 and has coached many different age groups.

Coach V's belief is that “The game teaches the game”; Playing the game, more touches on the ball and reading plays is what takes a player to the next level!


 
Coach Dorian Mills

Dorian was born and raised in Charlotte N.C. She began playing volleyball at age 12 and received All-Conference honors as a starting middle blocker for David W. Butler High School. She played Elite Club volleyball for Charlotte Elite and Carolina Juniors Volleyball in Charlotte under the direction of Suzie Pignetti, Tiger Shelton, Zoe Bell and Howard Barnhill. She went on to play College Volleyball at North Carolina Central University as the starting Libero. There, she received First Team All-Conference honors and helped to lead her team to two back to back CIAA Volleyball Championships. Shortly after graduating College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, Dorian began coaching with Carolina Storm Volleyball Club in 2007. She has coached Club team ages 14, 16, 17, and 18. She has a strong passion and love for helping young student-athletes train and compete at a high level for success on and off the court. In 2013 she joined Johnson C. Smith University as the assistant Volleyball Coach. She is CAP I certified and continues to play competitively in order to stay ahead of the game and heavily involved with growing the sport of volleyball. Dorian loves to Spend time enjoying life with family and friends. Most importantly she feels so blessed to share her coaching career with her precious sidekick, her daughter Sofia. Her Favorite Quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson”

 
Coach Jana Eatman
Jana is from Albemarle, North Carolina and has been around volleyball her entire life. She played volleyball in middle and high school and began playing JO volleyball with Stanly Extreme in 2007. After she graduated she attended UNC Charlotte where she pole vaulted and threw javelin as a member of the University's Track and Field team. She majored in Communications and has minors in Journalism and Spanish. She currently has a job in marketing at REIA Resources and does some freelance marketing as well. During her time at Charlotte she assisted her father, Barrett Eatman, with the 18U Stanly Extreme team for a few years before becoming a coach at Carolina Storm. She assisted the 14U JO and AAU volleyball teams this past season and absolutely loved it! Jana has learned a lot from working with some amazing coaches over the years and hopes to inspire her players to have a passion for the sport while developing their techniques and abilities.
 
Coach Alex Kirk
Alex played volleyball at Virginia Wesleyan College for 2-years before transferring to Appalachian State University. At ASU she played on the national club team for another 2-years. She is in her second year coaching the JV volleyball team at J.M Robinson High school and coaching with Carolina Storm. Alex is a Pysical Education teacher at WR Odell Primary School.
 
Brandy Sloop

Coach Sloop was born and raised in Concord, NC, where she played Volleyball for Central Cabarrus High School. She also played Club Volleyball for 2-years. Coach Sloop has been involved with coaching basketball, softball and volleyball for 20 years. She is currently the JV and Asst Varsity Coach at Mt Pleasant High School. She has also coached teams and clinics at Peak Volleyball Club.

Brandy Sloop is a Hearing Specialist and owns her own business locally. She is very involved with her church and hold the position of Outreach Coordinator. Coach Sloop is very excited to be part of Carolina Storm and to continue teaching young athletes to be the best that they can, as a person and player.

 
Megan Wisehart

Megan grew up in Concord, NC, and graduated from J.M. Robinson High School where she played Basketball and Volleyball. She also played Club Volleyball for 2-years with Carolina Storm. After graduating High School, Megan attended Houghton College in NY for 4-years and played on their volleyball team. Megan was the Team Captain for her Junior and Senior seasons and majored in Health and Physical Education. Megan is currently inc charge of the Elemantary Physical Education Department and the Head Coach of the Volleyball team at Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte.

 
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