After an exceptional 17th season in 2019 we are excited to embark on our 18th season of “educating the whole person through excellence in the sport of volleyball.” Since our founding in October 2002 by three educators, Sam Casey Caram, Jason Curtis and Ashley Powers Halper, we have worked to realize the unique potential of youth sports participation to impact the character development of our student-athletes. Our 15-year journey has produced tremendous successes both on and off the courts. Among the most notable are our over 250 alumni who have made us proud with their accomplishments both academically and athletically where many completed remarkable collegiate volleyball careers.
Organizational History/Major Accomplishments:
- 2019 – Thirty-four (34) competitive teams, including four (4) Boys teams for the first time. Triangle moved into its new state-of-the-art facility at the Wake Competition Center, including eight (8) courts over 48,000 square feet. Triangle hosted two successful 4v4 events at the new facility, #4v4MADness for Madelyn Wilson and #NiaStrong 4v4 for Nia Kearney, and collectively raised almost $25,000 for their families. On court: 58 Top 10 finishes at national events, including 38 top 5 finishes; 20 Top 10’s at qualifiers including teams at the Black, Blue and White level; Three (3) USAV Open level bids – 18 Black at NEQ, 17 Black at Big South and NEQ, and 13 Black received an at-large bid; 13 Black is the first teams from the Carolinas to qualify for 13 Open.
- 2018 – Thirty-three (33) competitive teams, including a 14U, 16U and 18U Boys team. Triangle earned the National Council of Youth Sports Strive Award, a national award that recognizes a youth sports organization that embraces a “kids first approach”, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. On court: Three (3) teams qualified for USAV Nationals – 18 Blue, 17 Black, and 16 Black; 16 Black won the Open division at the Disney Volleyball Showcase Qualifier; 17 Top 10’s at Qualifiers including teams at the Black, Blue and White level; 58 total Top 10 finishes at interregional events in 2018.
- 2017 – Thirty-two (32) competitive teams including a 14U and 18U Boys team. Triangle introduced “Triangle Cup” – a club-wide service initiative. On court: Three (3) Carolina Region East Championships-12 Black, 12 Blue, 14 White plus 15 Silver finishes 3rd in overall E/W; 64 top 10 finishes at interregional events (37 were Top 5); 24 Top 10’s at Qualifiers with 11 being Top 5 and including teams at the Black, Blue and White team level. USAV qualification of four (4) teams-15 Black [Open], 16 Blue [USA] and 17 Black [Open] at NEQ. 16 Black [Open] at Northern Lights. Qualification of three teams in Open puts Triangle as only one of 23 clubs in the country to achieve this milestone. The Class of 2017 graduates with collectively 120 years of Triangle play and earns $2.5M in scholarships bringing the Triangle alum total to over $16M.
- 2016 – Thirty-one (31) competitive teams. Triangle added a second team boy progam, offering the first Triangle 14U Boys. The Triangle Beach program was launched in October of this season. Triangle also added a sixth member to the administration team in the form of a fourth assistant director. Three (3) teams, qualify for USAV Junior Nationals. Triangle 17 Black qualified in the Open division of USAV Jr. Nationals with a top finish at the Lone Star Classic Qualifer. Triangle 18 Blue double qualified in the USA division for USAV Jr. Nationals by finishing first at the Beast of the Southeast Qualifier, and finishing top three at the Northeast Qualifer. Triangle 15 Black earned Triangle’s first ever at-large bid in the Open division to USAV Jr. Nationals.
- 2015 – Thirty (30) competitive teams including one (1) boys team with Triangle 18 Black [Boys]. Engaged with Luke Buffum, MPT of Trinity Wellness and Dr. BJ Lawson to further advance Triangle’s nationally recognized injury prevention program. Three (3) teams qualify for USAV Junior Nationals. Triangle 18 Black and Triangle 17 Black both qualified in the Open division of USAV Jr. Nationals with top finishes at the Disney Qualifier. Triangle 18 Blue became the first Blue team to earn a bid to USAV Jr. Nationals at a qualifier. Triangle 18 Blue double qualified in the USA division of USAV Jr. Nationals with a top three finish at Big South Qualifier in the USA Division, and took home first place at the Disney Qualifer also in the USA Division. This was the first time in Triangle’s history that a Blue team qualified at a National Qualifier.
- 2014 – Expand Triangle facility into the Globe Center 9401-130 suite, adding 3 additional courts, dedicated PACT area, classroom and administrative offices. Twenty seven (27) competitive teams. First Junior Boys team added – Triangle 18 Black [Boys]. Triangle 16 Black earned 2nd Place in the Open division at the AAU Junior National Championships; this was Triangle’s first ever appearance in a National Championship final.
- 2013 – Twenty (20) competitive teams. Recording breaking tryouts with 530 participants. First 11’s teams. MAPL Raleigh’s 5th anniversary. Triangle 18 Black qualifies in the Open division of USAV Jr. Nationals marking the 4th consecutive year of 18’s qualification and the 7th Open division qualification in Triangle’s history. Triangle selected by the National Council of Youth Sports [NCYS] as a finalist for the 2013 S.T.R.I.V.E. award for its efforts dedicated to the health and safety of its student-athletes.
- 2012 – Twenty (20) competitive teams. Introduce Triangle MVP [Maximum Volleyball Performance]. Triangle launches ‘Volleyball for All’ theme at MAPL Raleigh and hosts paralympic exhibition matches. Designated as Paralympic Sports Club. Two (2) teams, 17 Black and 18 Black, qualify in Open for USAV Junior Nationals. All other teams attend AAU Junior Nationals and forgo CR bid process. Best national championship performance in history with two top ten finishes and five top twenty. Triangle MVP [Maximum Volleyball Performance], an injury prevention collaboration, launched with Southeastern Orthopedics.
- 2011 – Twenty-one (21) competitive teams. Renew facility lease and install HVAC. Complete national search to hire new Associate Director and fully transition to non-founder leadership. Triangle 18 Black earns open bid at Big South. Seven (7) teams qualify for USAV Junior Nationals. Establish partnership with Bridge II Sport. First 12’s team in CR taken to AAU’s. MAPL Raleigh’s Going Green theme addresses the impact of sports drink bottles on the environment; secure Wake County Solid Waste Management Grant. AVCA speaker presentation on consistent and comprehensive training program [Mike Schall/Sherry Fadool].
- 2010 – Nineteen (19) competitive teams. Staff exceeds 50, tryout participants in excess of 400. National search for new Associate Director underway. Executive Director transition in process. Establish Resource Coach role. Introduce PowerCore 360® training. Triangle 18 Black places 2nd in open division and MEQ and wins open division at Lone Star Classic. Eight (8) bids earned to Junior Nationals. To date: 22 Carolina Region Championships; 36 bids to Junior Nationals. JVA webinar presenters. Set Guinness World Book of Records for ‘most consecutive volleyball passes’ at MAPL Raleigh. Present JVA webinar on Foundations of Junior Club Volleyball operations [Casey Caram/Sherry Fadool].
- 2009 – Eighteen (18) competitive teams. Comprehensive Injury prevention efforts and educational awareness program launched consecutively with installation of orthopedic subfloor. Major donation secured: $25,000. Host first MAPL Raleigh at Raleigh Convention Center. Reorganize and hire new Assistant Director. Administrative team consists of Executive, Associate, and three (3) Assistant Directors. Initiate succession and transition planning. Became PowerCore 360 regional training center.
- 2008 – Sixteen (16) competitive teams. Establish/hire full-time Executive Director. Hire full time Director of Business Operations. Board of Directors formed with nine (9) members including Executive and Associate Director. First 15’s team to ever earn an Open bid to JOVC, Triangle 15 Black, Northeast Qualifier, 2008. First North Carolina club to earn eight bids to JOVC, 2008.
- 2007 – Major club expansion to fourteen (14) competitive teams. Organizational development efforts lead to a strategic plan designed to assure organization viability and sustainability and prepare for potential leadership transition.
- 2006 – Six (6) competitive teams. Opened first dedicated volleyball facility in state of North Carolina, Feb. 2006. Hire first full-time Director of Operations. First Carolina Region team to ever win a National Qualifier and earn an Open bid to JOVC, Triangle 18 Black @ Big South.
- 2005 – Four (4) competitive teams. Began planning and implementing acquisition, renovation and opening of Globe Center facility.
- 2004 – Three (3) competitive teams.
- 2003 – First competitive season. Three (3) junior teams