(Floating Coach: Liana Solomon will assist all teams as needed.)

I spent most of my volleyball career with Coach Cates and she was one of the most influential coaches in my career. She took me in when I was young and developed me into one of the best setters in the area. She went the extra mile to make sure we were all taken care of while with her.

You will see her passion on and off the court. She truly cares about her players by developing them into great leaders on and off the court. Alexis Barnes

Nancy Cates, Head Coach

AIM Volleyball Director

Founder and President of AIM Volleyball
Lifelong Orange County, NC resident
Registered Nurse for 33 years

This is Coach Nancy’s 14th year as a Volleyball coach. Her love of the sport began at Orange High School from 1977 to m1979 where she played on the varsity volleyball team. She continued playing for Meredith College. Raleigh, where she was on the varsity team from 1980 to 1983 and the USVBA team from 1981 to 1984. Coach Nancy also played on the Durham County Women’s Volleyball League from 2007 to 2014.


Her coaching experience includes:

  • Head Coach Durham Orange Volleyball Enthusiasts (DOVE) 2006-2009
  • Head Coach Stanford MS/JV 2008
  • Head Coach Jammers VBC (various age groups) 2010-2018

Certifications and Awards

  • USAV CAP 1 Coaching Certification
  • Gold Medal Squared Coaching Certification
  • First Place 16 Club Monument City Classic 2011
  • Second Place 16 Club Capitol Hill Classic 2011
  • Third Place 14 Open Winter Bump 2018
  • Third Place 14 Patriot Division Capitol Hill Classic 2018

Charlie Oakley, Head Coach

In his college years, Coach Charlie was an experienced sand player. He has coached players of all skill levels. His coaching career began in 2005 as Junior Varsity Coach at Cedar Ridge High School. Coach Charlie’s passion is to develop volleyball in the Triangle.


His coaching experience includes:

  • Head Coach, Cedar Ridge High School 2008-2016
  • Head Coach Jammers Volleyball Club 2008-2013


  • Coach of the Year, four years
  • State Championship Runner-Up, 2009
  • Regional Runner-Up 2010-2015

Liza Schimmelfing, Asst. Coach

A seasoned volleyball player and coach, Coach Liza first stepped onto the court with Durham Orange Volleyball Enthusiasts (D.O.V.E) while still in middle school.


Her Volleyball experience includes:

  • Jammers Volleyball Club throughout high school
  • 4 years varsity volleyball at Chapel Hill HS
  • 3 seasons at Queens University of Charlotte
  • Camp counselor for Chapel Hill HS Tiger Volleyball Camp
  • Counselor, Volleyball Workshops for elementary, middle and high school students 2012-13
  • Asst Coach, Jammers Volleyball Club. 2016-2017


  • MMS 2006 Scholar Athlete
  • MMS 2007 Coaches Award, 2nd team all-conference

Meredith Gilmore, Asst. Coach

Coach Meredith has always included volleyball as a major part of her life. She was a competitive player both in school and in volleyball clubs from the age of ten. Her formative years led her to a path of discovery, learning not only how to be a teammate but also how to be a friend.


Her coaching experience includes:

  • Team member Durham Orange Volleyball Enthusiasts from age 10 to 12
  • Team member for Jammers VBS from age 13 to 17\\
  • Orange High School varsity volleyball player
  • Assistant Coach Jammers 13’s 2017-2018


  • Capitol Hill Classic Tournament 16 Club, Best Defensive Player 2011
  • Team member placed 2nd, 2011, Capitol Hill Classic Tournament 16 Club 2011
  • Team member placed 1st, Monument City Tournament 16 Club 2011
  • Orange High School Coaches Award 2009
  • Orange High School Best Defense Award 2012

Wesley Winstead, Coach

Coach Wesley’s passion for the sport doesn’t stop with club volleyball. He has coached middle school for a year and recreation for multiple years. Holding open gym opportunities for the younger age groups is proof positive of his desire to see these young student athletes succeed.


His coaching experience includes:

  • Led his 12s and 13s club teams to multiple regional finals, resulting in top four overall finishes for the entire Carolina Region.
  • Coached national tournaments such as Big South (Atlanta, Ga)
  • Coached 12s team to the finals of the Monument City Classic in 2015.

Jay Hazel, Coach

Coach Jay has a passion for coaching volleyball and watching his student athletes grow both personally and also as volleyball players. His focus is on the fundamentals of the game as he motivates through encouragement and positive reinforcement. Coach Jay holds open gyms to support all three middle school programs in his hometown.


His coaching experience includes:

  • Club coaching for 5 years
  • Coached middle school four years
  • Recreation team coach
  • Led his 12s and 13s teams to the Carolina Region finals
  • Led his 12s and 13s to finals of national tournaments such as Monument City Classic (Richmond, VA)
  • Won Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic (Washington D.C.) championship 2014

Liana Solomon, Coach

An experienced volleyball player and coach, Coach Liana strives for greatness, telling her team, “Not only should you strive to be the best player you can be, but also strive to be the best person you can be!”


Her Volleyball experience includes:

  • NC Elite (Roxboro Satellite 15’s Team 2009
  • Jammers 2010-2011-2012
  • Alamance Force Volleyball Club 18’s 2013
  • Person High School JV 2008 and Varsity 2009-2012
  • William Peace University 2013-2017


  • Regional Tournament MVP 2011
  • Team member placed 2nd, 2011, Capitol Hill Classic Tournament 16 Club 2011
  • PAC 6 All Conference Honorable Mention 2011
  • PAC 6 All Conference Player 2012
  • Cougar Classic All Tournament Player 2013 (WPU)
  • USA South Rookie of the Week 2013
  • Seasonal High Assist Record WPU


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