Coaches & Directors

 

Christiana Oyawale

  • Club Lead Coach
  • 1st Year
Christina Oyawale is currently the top assistant for the Clarkson University Volleyball.

Oyawale graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 with a degree in Information Management and Technology. She helped the Orange reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in 2018.

Over the course of four years at Syracuse, Oyawale compiled 257 kills, and 167 total blocks, averaging 0.93 kills per set and 0.61 blocks per set. Her best performance came during in her third season when she produced 91 blocks and 161 kills in 122 sets with a .268 hitting percentage.

Oyawale also served as a team leader and was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including shoe drives, breast cancer walks, and membership in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Angelina Converse

  • Club Lead Coach
  • 3 Seasons
  • Previous Head Coach
Angelina has been the head coach for Seaway Smash’s most successful teams, as well as leads the Potsdam varsity team as one of the section’s top teams.  She previously coached the modified program at Massena, as well as coached for SVA/On The Border volleyball club. 

Her coaching experience, as well as her experience playing at the NCAA D2 level, continues to benefit players in our club.  And her top skill, is that she’s one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet.  

Cashlynn Colbert

  • Head Coach
  • 1st Season

 

Cashlynn Colbert is a seasoned athlete who played volleyball throughout High School at Massena Central School, in college at SUNY Potsdam, and in local club teams. She now is an art teacher at Salmon River Middle School and a junior varsity volleyball coach at Massena Central High School as well as a head coach for Seaway Smash. Her skills include leadership, knowledge/skills, and creativity.
Bill Jaggers

  • Assistant Coach
  • 1st Season
Mr. Bill Jaggers is a husband, father, and an earth science teacher of 18 years at Massena Senior High School. In high school he competed in Varsity football, basketball, and spring track. Bill is a member of the Massena athletics department Hall of Fame for his role on the 1988 men’s basketball team. Mr. Jaggers has been a long time fan and supporter of volleyball as he watched his daughter, Cashlynn, play in high school and in college.

Bill enjoys motorcycling, martial arts, playing bass guitar, action movies, great coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Bill also believes in the benefits of athletics and the many life lessons that can be learned participating on a team.

  Keith Benham

  • Club Co-Director
  • Head Coach
  • 2 Seasons
Keith has been with the club for 2 years as coach and now co-director.  He will be the head coach for the 16U Storm team.
Julie Cardinal

  • Assistant Coach
  • 2 Seasons
Julie Cardinal has played volleyball through her high school years in Portland, Oregon. Playing four years of varsity sports in both volleyball and basketball Julie has always had sports as a part of her life. She coached at modified level after graduating and enjoys participating in young ladies’ growth in the sport. She has coached basketball and volleyball off and on throughout her adult life. She focuses on building joy in the experience and love for the game while teaching skills, team spirit and hard work toward individual and team goals. Julie works as a child advocate in Gulu, Uganda and with her faith community here to better serve all those around them in Massena. She is also a special needs care aid and substitute teacher throughout Massena. Coming back for her second year with Seaway Smash she is excited about the growth of the club and the ability to continue to work with these athletes.
  Scott Wilhelm

  • Skills Coach/Coordinator
  • Assistant Coach
  • 6 Seasons
  • Former Club Director
Scott Wilhelm is the club founder and former director. He has coached volleyball at multiple levels both within the club and in high school.  He is also a certified volleyball official for high school and college.  He has also served on the IREVA (our USA Volleyball region) board of directors.   He was previously the head coach for the 18U team, and has assisted various other teams through the years and all age levels.    This year he will be the head coach for the 16U Vortex team, as well as serve as the Skills program coordinator.
Abigail Wilhelm

  • Assistant Coach
  • 1 Seasons
  • Former Player

 

Abby will be assisting the 16U Vortex team this season.  Abby has been with the club since it started 6 years ago. For the first 5 years, she was a player.  Now, she has graduated to be an assistant coach. During her playing years, she’s accumulate 1st & 2nd team All Northern awards, and has also been invited to the IREVA High Performance camp.  Abby’s currently a freshman at Cazenovia College. 
Ticia Yerdon

  • Co-Head Coach
  • 1 Season
  • Former Player
Ticia Yerdon played volleyball for Canton High School for 4 years and was a captain her senior season. She was awarded 1st and 2nd team all northerns, as well as the Patti Baldwin Award. She continued to play club volleyball in college, and currently attends SUNY Canton as a nursing student. She looks forward to coaching and helping the girls become even better players.
Alissa Stebbins

  • Co-Head Coach
  • 1 Season

 

Alissa Stebbins is a wife and mother of 2. She is a certified high school volleyball official. She is a 2008 OFA graduate who has been playing volleyball for 15 years.  She has earned 1st and 2nd team All Northern, team MVP, second leading in serving for section x, and co captain. She has played in indoor, beach, and grass co-ed volleyball tournaments in NY, SC, and GA with many victories. She has volunteered coaching varsity and modified at MW, coached skills and 16U in GA. She has the love, skill and knowledge of the game and she is excited to share that with others who are willing and eager to learn and grow. She is excited in building teamwork, enhancing skills, and overall helping others be the best person on and off the court.
Kiersten Morrow

  • Skills Coach
  • Previous Head Coach
  • 3 Seasons

 

Kiersten played volleyball at Ogdensburg Free Academy throughout high school, and continues to play in adult league.   She coached the 16U team as a first year coach last year. Currently, she is Studying biology pre-med at JCC.   She is looking forward to meeting all my new players in the skills program and being able to share my knowledge/skills of the game, and to help them grow to be best players they can be!
  Michelle Benham

  • Club Co-Director
  • 2 Seasons