TRAIN ALONGSIDE THE BEST
All Carolina Volleyball Camp sessions are conducted by the University of North Carolina coaches and players along
with other college coaches from across the country at various levels of NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA and Junior colleges
as well as and top level club coaches and collegiate student-athletes.
Joe Sagula, one of the most successful coaches in college volleyball, completed his 28th season at Carolina in 2017. UNC’s winningest volleyball coach in history, Sagula has won seven ACC championships and led UNC to 14 of its 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Tar Heels are 591-323 under Sagula, a .647 winning percentage. Sagula is 794-446 (.640) over a total of 37 years as a Division I head coach, with 11 regular-season and six conference tournament titles.
Sagula has the most ACC wins of any coach in history with 320, and his seven ACC titles ties for the most all time among the league’s coaches.
Sagula has directed the Tar Heels to 14 top-three finishes in the league’s regular-season standings, including first-place finishes in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2014 and 2016. In the 14 seasons in which the ACC held a postseason tournament, Sagula led the Tar Heels to six appearances in the ACC championship match and reached the semifinals 10 times.
Sagula has coached five ACC Players of the Year - Amy Peistrup (1992), Erin Berg (1998), Laura Greene (2002), Dani Nyenhuis (2005) and Taylor Leath (2016) - two ACC Defensive Players of the Year - Kaylie Gibson (2010) and Ece Taner (2014) - and three ACC Freshmen of the Year in Cameron Van Noy (2011), Paige Neuenfeldt (2012) and Julia Scoles (2016).
In 2017, the Tar Heels led the ACC and finished 15th in the nation with 2.82 blocks per set with double-digit blocks in 20 of the 28 matches throughout the season. UNC closed out the 2017 home season on a 26-match ACC home winning streak. The Tar Heels placed two on the All-ACC teams, led by Beth Nordhorn on the first team while also picking up AVCA All-Region honors.
The 2016 Tar Heels achieved new heights under Sagula's leadership, receiving their highest AVCA (6) and RPI (5) rankings in program history, winning their 13th ACC title and advancing to NCAA Regionals for the third time, while taking down a program-record three top-10 teams during the season. Carolina went an unprecedented 19-1 in ACC play and captured three individual conference honors. Taylor Leath became UNC's fourth AVCA All-American after winning ACC Player of the Year, while Julia Scoles won ACC and AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year, and Sagula took home ACC and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year honors.
In 2015, Sagula guided UNC to its biggest regular-season victory in program history, a 3-0 sweep of No. 3 Stanford, to mark the second straight season with a win over a top-three opponent. UNC put together a 12-match winning streak to finish tied for second in the ACC and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Paige Neuenfeldt earned Third-Team All-America honors, becoming the third AVCA All-American in program history, while becoming the first-ever Tar Heel to garner Academic All-America honors.
Sagula led the 2014 Tar Heels to a 29-3 record, including a perfect 16-0 home record, en route to his fourth career ACC Coach of the Year award. UNC achieved a series of program bests during the season, including a No. 7 AVCA Coaches Poll ranking, a No. 5 NCAA RPI ranking and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. UNC ran off a record 20-straight victories, the longest streak in program history. The season ended for the Tar Heels in the NCAA Regional Finals in Minneapolis, the first time Carolina volleyball had ever reached the Elite Eight. Chaniel Nelson became the second AVCA All-American with a Second Team honor in 2014, and joined Victoria McPherson, Ece Taner and Paige Neuenfeldt on the AVCA All-Region team.
In 2013, the Tar Heels opened the season with a 15-game win streak, the best start in program history. Carolina finished 27-5, recording the most wins in a season since 2002, and grabbed a No. 25 final AVCA ranking for the first time since that same season. UNC was ranked in the top 25 in each of the season’s weekly AVCA Coaches Polls and peaked at No. 10 for the program’s highest-ever ranking to that point. Jovana Bjelica and Neuenfeldt earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions and AVCA All-Region awards.
In 2012, Sagula led the Tar Heels to an undefeated home record (15-0) and the school’s 14th NCAA appearance. UNC finished 26-6 and earned two AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions (Emily McGee and Neuenfeldt), with Neuenfeldt earning ACC and AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year honors.
Sagula captured his 600th overall win and 400th win at Carolina in 2010.The Bronx, N.Y., native became the first coach in ACC history to earn 200 league wins on Oct. 6, 2010, at Wake Forest.
In 2002, the Tar Heels won 30 matches (32-4 overall) for the first time since 1985 en route to the program’s first appearance in an NCAA Regional Semifinal. They also won the ACC regular-season championship with a 15-1 conference record.
From 1998-2002, Sagula led UNC to a 139-35 (.799) record with two regular-season and three ACC Tournament titles, as well as five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances culminating in UNC's the first-ever NCAA Regionals in 2002. Sagula was named AVCA East Region Coach of the Year in three of those five years as well as the 1998 and 2002 ACC Coach of the Year.
Prior to his arrival in Chapel Hill, Sagula spent nine seasons (1981-89) as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania, where he compiled a 203-123 record with four Ivy League regular-season titles and three tournament championships. Named Ivy League Coach of the Year four years in a row, Sagula coached two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Melissa Ingalls to four consecutive All-Ivy honors.
In addition to his duties with the women’s team at Penn, Sagula served as the head men’s coach from 1981-89. His record with the men, which competed at both the varsity and club levels, was 111-75 (.597).
Sagula was elected president of the AVCA from January 2004 to December 2006 and served on the AVCA Board of Directors for a total of 10 years in various positions as president, president elect, past president, and chair of the Division I All-America Committee. While at Penn, Sagula chaired the NCAA Division I All-America Committee for four years and served 10 years as the Awards Chairman and President.
During the summer of 1990, Sagula served as an assistant coach for the USA National Women’s Volleyball B Team, which trained in Walnut Creek, California. Twice he has coached at the United States Olympic Festival - in 1987 in Chapel Hill as an assistant and in 1989 in Oklahoma City as a head coach. In both cases, his teams took home silver medals.
Sagula earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts, art education, and coaching from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz in 1978. On Sept. 16, 2012, Sagula was inducted into the New Paltz Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a three-year letterwinner and captained the team as a senior.
Sagula married the former Ingrid Weber in 2008. They live in Chapel Hill with their five dogs: Oscar, Lucy, Cate, Romeo and Rigley
Mike Schall, entering his first season in 2018, comes to Chapel Hill after spending the past seven years at Triangle Volleyball Club as an associate director. Since 2011 at Triangle Volleyball, his leadership, coaching experience and passionate approach to teaching the game were instrumental in advancing the mission of the club and achieving national recognition as one of the top clubs in the country.
Schall began his coaching career as a member of Russ Rose’s staff at Penn State serving as assistant coach for the Nittany Lions. While at Penn State, Schall was involved in every area of the program including recruiting, practice planning and implementation, scouting and match preparation, and individual player development. He coached numerous Big Ten all-conference players, conference players of the year, national players of the year, and USA National Team members, including Christa Harmotto and Nicole Fawcett. During Schall’s tenure, Penn State advanced to the NCAA Final Four five times, winning the national title in 1999.
Beyond coaching responsibilities at Triangle Volleyball, Schall maintained a consistent approach to teaching in the club, creating and supporting an atmosphere conducive to success in the gym, leading and developing Triangle's 90+ member coaching staff, and providing recruiting assistance for Triangle student-athletes who are among the most highly recruited in North Carolina. Schall's reputation and experience led to his selection to participate in the prestigious The Art of Coaching Volleyball coaching cadre at the UNC Chapel Hill clinic in April 2017.
Schall graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science. As a four-year member and two-time co-captain of the Penn State men’s volleyball team, Schall helped Penn State achieve three EIVA titles and three national semifinal appearances.
Schall and his wife Sarah live in Apex with their four children: Annabelle, Sam, Andrew and Mia.
Susan Clements, entering her first season in 2018, joins the Tar Heel staff after serving as head coach at Wright State for the past six seasons beginning in 2012.
Before Wright State, Clements was the head coach at Niagara for five seasons. Clements directed the Purple Eagles to a 25-9 record in 2011 and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular-season title for the second consecutive year with a mark of 17-1. Niagara also won its third straight MAAC tournament crown in 2011 and made its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, falling to Northern Iowa.
The Purple Eagles set a school record for regular-season wins (23) in 2011 while tying the record for overall victories (25) and conference wins (17) that were set the season before. In 2009, Clements was named the MAAC Coach of the Year and College Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year after guiding the Purple Eagles to a 23-9 record and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth.
Niagara excelled in the classroom under Clement's tutelage. The Purple Eagles placed eight student-athletes on the MAAC All-Academic List in 2010 and seven in 2009. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) rewarded Niagara as one of the 92 Division I programs to earn the prestigious team academic award for the third straight season (2008-10). The team's grade-point average of 3.64 was the highest GPA amongst the 18 athletic programs at Niagara for the second straight season.
Clements came to Niagara from Georgetown College in Kentucky where she was the head coach of the Lady Tiger program in 2005 and 2006. Accumulating a 74-25 record in two seasons, the Lady Tigers won the Mid-South Tournament and Region XI titles and earned a berth into the NAIA National Championship Tournament. In 2014, Clements was inducted into the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame.
Clements coached at Nike High Performance camps and still works several elite summer camps at the University of North Carolina. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Clements earned a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Niagara in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and sport science from Georgetown College in 2002.
Paula Giles was named the director of volleyball operations in July 2017 after a one-year stint as the director of operations at the University of Houston. A four-year letterwinner for the University of Central Missouri, Giles also served as an assistant coach at Pittsburg State (2014) and a volunteer assistant at Rice (2015).
The Prentice Lewis Camp Director from 2011-13, Giles spent a year and a half as a graduate assistant manager for TCU (2012-13) while pursuing a master's degree in liberal arts. Following graduation, Giles became an assistant coach for Pittsburg State in the spring of 2014, where she led the defense and blocking while helping with scouting, recruiting and organizing team travel, meals and transportation.
In 2015, Giles guided Rice University to a 21-10 record as a volunteer assistant coach where she oversaw scouting and statistical analysis, managed team practice and travel, and helped promote the Owls through social media.
In the spring of 2016, Giles joined the Houston volleyball staff as its director of operations, where she managed team travel, monitored the budget, aided scouting and statistical analysis and served as the director for home tournaments.
A two-time All-American and four-time All-MIAA middle blocker at the University of Central Missouri (2008-11), Giles, nee Paula Harris, graduated as the Jennies' all-time leading point scorer, leading UCM to four consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including the 2010 National Semifinals and the 2011 Elite Eight.
Giles graduated from UCM in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She and her husband Jeff Giles reside in Burlington, N.C.
Carolina Volleyball Camp would not be possible without the highest level of coaching that we present to campers each year. Our staff consistently consists of a wide range of coaches, from Head Coaches at the college ranks to the club level. Our coaches not only provide high levels of volleyball knowledge, but they do so in an environment that is enjoyable for the campers.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this hard-working, fun staff please email our Director of Operations, Paula Giles at: firstname.lastname@example.org.