faulknerTangela Faulkner

Head Coach (7th Season)

The Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC) is under the direction of Tangela Faulkner, who is entering her seventh season as the Club Director. She is in her first season as head coach at West Johnston High School located in Benson, NC.

Faulkner has coached her team to taking  first place in tournaments over 20 times and taking second place more than 10 times while playing at the division 1 level! Although the program is very young, ALL  players that have graduated were offered to play on the collegiate level.  Faulkner is in the Athletics Hall of Fame at University of Mount Olive as a two time all conference honoree for both basketball and volleyball. Ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with school record 22.4 points per game and averaged 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior scoring a total of 605 points which is the second highest season total in school history, and became the only Trojan women’s basketball player to score 1000 points in two seasons. She led her volleyball team in kills and blocks as a junior and finished second in conference in hitting percentage and fifth in kills as a senior, helping MOU win its only volleyball conference championship.

Tangela has no reservations in discussing her reason of why she coaches. “I want to equip a young athlete with the same tools that someone equipped me with. If God hadn’t blessed me with a full scholarship I would never have been able to go to college. I want to help every child I impact have the same opportunity!”

She has been a minister since 2011 and ensures that Shockwave players when playing tournaments on Sundays don’t miss their Sunday message! The word of the Lord is brought to them!

Coach T is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and a USA Volleyball IMPACT certified coach as well as a CAPS LEVEL I certified coach.  She is also First Aid/CPR Certified.

Arlanda Faulkner

Carolina Shockwave Welcomes back Arlanda Faulkner as part of the coaching staff. A former player of Carolina Shockwave who is ready to give back to the club that she grew as a student/athlete. She currently attends NCCU as a sophomore volleyball player. She has received the honor of MEAC rookie of the week twice, while getting a double-double as a freshman with 21 kills and 16 digs. She lead her team in kills and aces as a freshman and has achieved a double -double twice this season already!  In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, a two time Player of the Year in 3A/4A conference in volleyball, named to the All Conference Team 3 consecutive years in a row, she is the school record holder for most kills in a game (39), highest career kill percentage 467%, most kills in a season (412), most kills in a career (1072), Most Valuable Player 3 consecutive seasons in a row for volleyball, named to the All Metro Team Of North Carolina twice, school record holder in 55m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles, state contenders 3 seasons, ranked 7th in the state for 100 hurdles, Most Valuable Player two consecutive years for track, student of the month (October), Certificate Of Recognition for volunteering more than 2000 hours to Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club, Panel speaker/Youth Leader for Christ, named to the Carolina Region team two years in a row, and many other accomplishments, and the only thing she boasts in is her God as she stated “ I couldn’t have done this without being rooted and grounded in the Lord.”

She is also CNA, First Aid/CPR Certified.


sara-pictureSara Boykin

Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC) welcomes back Sara Boykin (née Parker) as 15U head coach for the 2019-2020 season. Coach Boykin is a native of Johnston County, NC, and an alumnus of the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Boykin was a NCAA Division II dual-athlete in volleyball and basketball.  As a volleyball player, Boykin earned distinction as the tournament MVP selection for the 1997 Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) Volleyball Tournament. The UMO has yet to replicate a conference tournament championship in either the men or women’s volleyball programs. Boykin was a UMO teammate of CSVC Program Director, Coach Tangela Faulkner.  After undergraduate completion, Boykin went on to pursue a graduate degree while working as a volleyball assistant and recruiter for the Tusculum University (TU) Lady Pioneers of Greeneville, TN. Following her college volleyball coaching tenure, Coach Boykin met and married her husband, Chris, while they both were teachers and coaches at South Johnston High School.  Boykin has been a Federal government employee for over a decade and resides in Four Oaks with her husband, Chris, and three children, Dianna, Noah, and Meredith. Coach Boykin is looking forward to building up young women for success, on and off the volleyball court!


Carolina Shockwave welcomes Jordan young from Wilson NC. She’s been playing volleyball since she was 10.  She started playing with the county, played in middle school, played at Hunt High School while playing travel since she was a sophomore and continued her volleyball career at Pitt Community on a full scholarship in the role as a libero and then was part of the coaching staff at Pitt her third year at Pitt. She enjoyed coaching so much she went on to coach at ECJVC, and Wilson elite. She then began traveling with a traveling ministry called the Unaltered Ministries for the past two years. Sharing the gospel with middle school and high schoolers all around the United States. She’s excited to be back home to continue to share the love of Jesus with girls while also sharing her love and passion for volleyball. “I can’t wait to love on these girls and watch them grow”.

Her favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But He said to me, my grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

nophotoavailableCarolina Shockwave excitedly welcomes back Ericka Charleston (AKA Coach E). She’s the mother of 2 daughters Jamiese and Nia.  She’s from Franklin County, NC where she attended high school as a three-sport student-athlete and graduated in the top 10 of her high school class.  She attended Fayetteville State University on a full academic scholarship, joined the volleyball team out of her passion for the game as a walk-on and was the 1991, FSU Rookie of the Year, while leading her team in digs and aces and was ranked as a Top 10 CIAA Division II Defensive Leader for three seasons.

Coach E cheered for 2 years and played softball for four years.  As a soft-ball player (center-field) she was ranked for 2 years in the top 10 in the CIAA in stolen bases and in 1992, 1993 and 1994 was honored as the FSU Student-Athlete with the highest GPA, made the CIAA All-Academic team all four years for Volleyball and Softball, made the Chancellor’s list and was honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities. In Fall 1994 she won 3rd place in the National Minority Research Symposium and was awarded the Glaxo Women in Science Scholarship.  She completed undergrad with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with and a Minor in Chemistry and pursued a Master’s in Business Administration, finishing with a 3.9 GPA.

After working in the Pharmaceutical Industry as an Analytical Microbiologist and serving as a volunteer coach for Varsity Track & Field, she accepted a position with Franklin County Schools where she taught and coached for 7 years (Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field amongst other sports), winning numerous conference championships and contending in regional and state-playoffs in each of those sports.  She was voted Tar-Roanoke Conference Coach of the Year on 3 different occasions. She established a volleyball club in 2006 under the umbrella of an outreach program called Godly Influence and was successful in securing college scholarships for 12 athletes before the club was dissolved when she moved to Atlanta, GA for a sales position with a Biotech company. She has returned to NC as a Volleyball Mom supporting her youngest daughter, Nia Richardson for the last 3 years as she pursued academic and volleyball scholarships. Nia also played for Carolina Shockwave and currently attends and plays for Fayetteville State University.

Coach E is proud to have been a part of 1000’s of student athletes’ careers.  It is her sincere desire to help student-athletes to not only realize their athletic potential, but to also thrive as leaders on and off the court when they adopt a relentless drive for success.  Her motto is to Work Smart, Work Hard and Win BIG!

Carolina Shockwave excitedly welcomes Faith Herman to the coaching staff! Shes a freshman LB/DS at the University of Mount Olive where she is studying exercise science. Shes from Maiden, North Carolina where she has played volleyball for 11 years.  Formally she was a setter and throughout high school achieved 2000 career assists, all-conference two years, second team all-state, and was named team mvp her senior year.  She plans on continuing to grow as a player throughout college, and continue her love for the sport through coaching.

Carolina Shockwave welcomes Ania Keene back to our coaching staff! She’s from San Antonio, Texas and currently a senior majoring in Business Management at the University of Mount Olive. She started playing volleyball in 7th grade.  As a two year varsity volleyball player she totaled 348 kills while hitting .443. She received MVP, second team all district ,second team all academic district over her varsity career. She began her collegiate career in 2016 at Cameron University  where she accumulated 229 kills and 140 digs in 47 games as an outside hitter.  However,  after her sophomore year she transferred to the University of Mount Olive to further both her academic and volleyball career in a different region.  During her junior season she finished with career highs with 245 kills and 343 digs. As her collegiate career comes to an end, shes extremely excited to help these girls develop and reach their full potential.

nophotoavailableCarolina Shockwave welcomes Coach Brittini!  She brings over 12 years of volleyball coaching experience!  She has coached two varsity and junior varsity teams.  Southern Durham and Wake Forrest High School, also with former experience as a Club Director, tournament host and officiating as well.  She has traveled as an independent official contractor for AAU’s in Florida, USAV, Carolina Region Tournaments in North Carolina, National Qualifier Tournaments in DC and Philadelphia. With extensive experience working with youth teams and camps at the local and National Level we welcome her expertise!  Most recently, she coached the 2017 and 2018 USA HP Girls Youth Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She has also traveled to Italy in 2010 to play and study abroad for a chance to expand her college education and knowledge of the game with other national players.

In her full time profession, she’s pursuing her own business in Sport Management in homes to create an avenue for youth of all ages through sports, while she is heavily involved with amateur sports daily. Coach Brittini is currently a Personal Trainer at Legacy Vertimax in Raleigh, NC; she helps student athletes build their current fundamentals and technique and skill set to increase their mobility and kinesthetics.  All while managing to find time to teach China Students ESL with “VIPKid” as an experienced educator of 7 years.

She played volleyball and softball at Virginia State University where she served as team captain three of the four years she played, where she was named “MVP” and “Best Defensive Player” her senior year in volleyball, and managed to receive the honor of being a Grassroots Marketing Intern with the former NBA Charlotte Bobcats. She received her bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, with a minor in Sport Management in 2012.

She is married and welcomed a baby girl to her family in November, 2016

picture-of-jaleesaJaleesa S. Harper


Jaleesa S. Harper, 27, from Elm City, NC.  Jaleesa graduated from Fike High School in 2010 and pursued her college dreams of being a student-athlete. She is currently the Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach at UNC Pembroke. Although she was a tri-athlete all four years of high school, she decided to further her volleyball career.  Jaleesa was awarded a volleyball scholarship to play at Claflin University, NCAA Division II, in Orangeburg, SC.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Business Administration.  Her team won 3 regional championships out of her 4 years and set both school and DII records.  Jaleesa was awarded Most Improved Player, Coaches Award, and made the All-Academic team all 4 years of being a student-athlete.

Post-graduation, Jaleesa was the Head Volleyball Coach at Fike High School, Wilson, NC for 3 years.  Additionally she assisted at a different Volleyball Club for 2 years prior to coming to Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC). She is in her second season of coaching with CSVC.

Jaleesa stepped into entrepreneurship by becoming an independent personal trainer in January 2016.  Her goals are to use her leadership platforms to create a positive impact.  She believes if you put God first, everything else will follow.  Her favorite quote is “Only the Strong Survive.”

Carolina Shockwave welcomes Coach Chris “Bull” Boykin who’s in his 25th year teaching in the Johnston County Public School System. Currently Dean of Students at West Johnston High School, he is also the Lead Driver Education Instructor. Chris Boykin has coached hundreds of Johnston County High School students during his career, mostly as Head Football Coach at South Johnston High School and Assistant Football Coach at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School. Coach Boykin developed a love for coaching at an early age, coming back home to coach in Johnston County Schools after graduating from ECU. Throughout the years, Coach Boykin has taken on a variety of assignments, serving as an assistant girls’ basketball coach, assistant boys’ track coach, Head Wrestling coach, and most recently, the Head Football Coach for the Four Oaks Community’s boys’ 12U team. He met his wife, Sara, in 2001 when they both coached and taught at SJHS. The Boykins live in Four Oaks with their three children, Dianna, Noah, and Meredith. They will continue their partnership as 15U coaches for NC Shockwave during the 2019-2020 club season.



Carolina Shockwave Welcomes back Coach Isis! She has never had a passion for anything more in my life other than volleyball. She was a four-year varsity volleyball player at Corona del Sol in Tempe, Arizona as a setter. While at Corona del Sol, Isis was a state champion her junior year and state runner up her senior year. She was the starting setter for the Arizona region volleyball team for three years and took the team to one of the highest finishes of fourth place. She  also qualified to play at the USA Junior Beach Nationals and has also trained with USA volleyball as a libero and as a setter. She has also led five of her nine club teams as the starting setter to the junior national championships. Isis has had a very long volleyball career and has been playing volleyball since the age of five and started playing club when she was nine, which in all, is total of thirteen years of experience! She has also coached a club team in Arizona and that inspired her to coach in North Carolina . Isis is currently setting at North Carolina Central University. As she attends NCCU she plans to major in nursing and after she graduates plans to possibly play overseas and then coach. It is her goal to impart knowledge and skill development to her players in order for them to become the best competitors possible. Isis strives to encourage teamwork and hopes to be an inspiration to young women who share her love of volleyball. She  is truly dedicated to the sport and can not wait to coach again!!


nophotoavailableMichael Evans (Coach P)

 Carolina Shockwave welcomes Back Coach P who is in his third season with Carolina Shockwave.

Michael Evans grew up around volleyball and sports.  At the age of 5, Michael began playing baseball and continued throughout his high school years.  He was chosen 6 years in a row for the All-star team and was selected 2 years for the American Legion Team as the Left Fielder and Second Baseman.

Michael played 3 years of Recreational Volleyball and as a young adult helped coach multiple youth volleyball teams.  He graduated from Hunt High School, Wilson NC, in 1988 and went on to serve in the United States Navy for 6 years.  Michael has been married for 20 years and has 7 children and 6 grandchildren.  His passion for volleyball grew stronger as he watched and helped coach two of his daughters over the past 11 years.  Michael is passionate about helping girls learn and play a sport that he loves.

 He is looking forward to many years of coaching experience as a Shockwave Coach.

Michael believes and will teach young athletes that as a team “With God All Things Are Possible.”

nophotoavailableFelicia Johnson


Felicia Johnson has been coaching sports for many years.  She was a former volleyball player who became an assistant coach then accepted a position as head coach for Volleyball and Basketball.  In 2016, Felicia began coaching for Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC) and brought along her vast knowledge of the game.  She currently referees for: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Recreational, AAU, and other sports.

Felicia has a passion for helping our youth excel.  She is dedicated to helping CSVC young athletes develop a love for the game, strengthen their faith, as well as their determination. Felicia believes that the team should care for each other and fellow teammates both on and off the court; she calls this concept “Family for the Future”.

Felicia’s motto is: “If you dream it, believe it, then you can achieve it…positive thoughts, bring positive results.”

Coach D

coach-d-picture-1Da’Nesha Miller                                   


Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC) welcomes back Da’Nesha Miller born and raised in Hilton Head Island), SC. She’s a hard working and dedicated student-athlete. Playing volleyball since she was 10 years old. She currently plays at North Carolina Central University as a utility player,  where she majors in Biology! She loves having fun and working hard, because she believes, if you learn to work hard now you’ll never have to worry about not being able to complete a task because it’s too hard. Volleyball is her favorite sport because it builds character, there’s 6 girls in a tiny space trying to figure out how to make things work! She’s excited to help better the futures of any young athletes!

Nia Richardson

Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club (CSVC) welcomes back Nia Richardson to her second season of coaching at Shockwave! She’s a former Shockwave player and daughter of Ericka Charleston (Coach E)! Nia is from Franklinton, NC where she attended Franklinton High School and played varsity volleyball all 4 years.  She was named MVP, All Conference 3 years in a row, runner-up for conference player of the year & received the coaches award. She has been playing volleyball since she was 9 years old & followed in the footsteps of her mother who played volleyball at Fayetteville State University. Nia is currently a student athlete at Fayetteville State University, and the starting libero for the volleyball team. Along with being on the volleyball team at FSU, Nia is part of the Honors Program and Leap Scholars Program. She majors in biology, and hopes to one day become a dentist!

Nia is passionate about volleyball and excited to help young athletes grow as players and leaders on and off the court. Her motto is “NEVER dream about success, WORK for it!”


27380297-3401-47cb-ba31-45600be1c466Braxton Wright

Carolina Shockwave welcomes back Braxton Wright. She is a native from Angier North Carolina where she attended Harnett Central High school and played varsity volleyball all 4 years of high school.  She made the all conference team her junior and senior year and was conference Most Valuable Player her junior year of high school. She is a libero/ defensive specialist at North Carolina Central and majoring in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine with the hopes of getting into doctor of physical therapy school and becoming a physical therapist in nursing homes or Universities.  She has been playing volleyball since the age of 7 with the hopes of following in the footsteps of her mother who played at St. Augustine University. In her spare time, she loves to laugh and teach others about this sport that she loves so much!!! Her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:13