Meet The Coaches
Heather & Tara, often referred to as a Dynamic Duo, have been coaching together for 8 years. Every season ended with parents asking for more. So here we are, Heather & Hartman (H2), giving more and doing better.
We are excited to expand our coaching staff for the 2023-2024 season!
Co-Founder and Head Coach
Volleyball for me started 24 years ago...with the best bet I ever lost. Soccer has always been my first love, but when my best friend won the bet that had me trying out for volleyball my freshman year of high school, I finally found my true love. I played as a setter throughout my high school and college days. I spent four years in the Southern California travel ball scene both as a player and as a coach while I was playing in college before beginning my life as a mommy. I continued to play competitively as an adult while I raised my three beautiful children, and when my oldest daughter started to show a fondness for the volleyball court, I knew it was time to step back in the coaching arena. I coached a middle school, JV & Varsity volleyball and soccer programs and spent the last five years deep in the travel volleyball world.
Co-Founder and Head Coach
I grew up around volleyball and earned several accolades in high school as a middle. When I went to college, I continued to play intramural volleyball while helping run camps for underprivileged youth at the local community college. I was fortunate to find a local pick up volleyball league so I could continue to play the sport I love so much. While playing one night, someone asked if I had ever been interested in coaching. The next day I signed up to get certified as a Level 1 coach through the Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) at USAVolleyball. I've been coaching club volleyball since working, primarily with beginner players, but spent 3 years coaching U14 & U15 travel teams. When not coaching volleyball, I teach First Year Experience classes and Cultural Awareness and Online Learning classes at Southern New Hampshire University.
My father introduced me to the game at a very young age and I immediately fell in love. As soon as my school offered volleyball, I joined the team and began my 15+ year journey as a player. In high school I not only played for the school team but also had the privilege of coaching a 13u Recreation team. My playing experience extended beyond the school setting. I played for both the club sand team and the local club team, where I was initially positioned as a middle hitter. As I progressed into college I made the successful transition to becoming an outside hitter playing intramural volleyball. After getting married, I believed my volleyball journey had come to an end. However, I soon discovered a local volleyball community for adults. This unexpected discovery led me to participate in numerous grass, sand, and indoor tournaments, reigniting my passion for the game.
My love for volleyball began my freshman year of high school, I tried out for the team because my friends were and it turned out to be my best decision! I loved my journey through high school and club seasons so much that I continued to play as a middle for my first two years of college and then transferred to a university club sand team for my final seasons. I married my husband right after college and we have been moving around with the military ever since. I have continued to play through local tournaments and pick up games and am looking forward to the beginning of a coaching adventure!
U14 Head Coach
I'm coach Meredith, and my volleyball journey has been a whirlwind adventure. As a military spouse, I've moved more times than I can count, but one constant that's kept me grounded is the beautiful community of volleyball.
My middle school and high school days were on the soccer fields and volleyball courts of Cave Spring in Roanoke, Virginia. Our team clinched the state championship in AA volleyball and that victory still gives me goosebumps to this day. I played competitively on a travel team during those formative years, honing my skills and building a love for the game that would last a lifetime.
Fast forward to my college years, and I found myself donning the maroon and orange of Virginia Tech. I proudly represented the Hokies on the volleyball court for a solid three years in the club scene and those days were an absolute blast.
As a tall person with short arms, I learned early on the importance of being athletic and scrappy. Playing as a middle blocker, right side, and occasionally an outside hitter has taught me the value of versatility a single person can have on the court. It's my goal as a coach to share both my knowledge and passion for the game!
Carley joins H2 after finishing her degree from App State. She has extensive volleyball knowledge and experience as a former Sandhills Flyer and App State Mountaineer.
U14 Assistant Coach
I've been playing volleyball for 7 years. I am a 3-year varsity starter on the Lady Vikings volleyball team at Union Pines High School and I played travel volleyball for 3 years. I also played beach volleyball with the local community college club for the past 2 years. After I graduate high school in June of 2024, I plan on playing collegiate volleyball and major in biology.
U12 Futures Assistant Coach
My name is Hailey Kennedy and I am a freshman at Sandhills Community College. I am a part of the indoor volleyball team and will be playing beach volleyball in the spring. I played travel volleyball from the developmental team until U14. I took a break and returned my senior year to play at my high school, North Moore. I love being active outside of volleyball whether that be going to the gym, yoga, or just going for walks! I also love to travel and try new foods!