Our Team Members
Greg played indoor club volleyball while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Tennessee. As a middle blocker, he helped Tennessee win an NCVF National Championship in 2015. After making the transition from indoor to sand, Greg won an NCSVA National Championship in 2016 and also earned a AA rating for California Beach Volleyball. Greg founded Sinjin Beach with the hopes of raising the standard of beach volleyball in North Carolina. Greg has played in numerous professional qualifiers in addition to winning multiple open events. Greg lives in Durham with his wife, Marie, and their dog, Regan.
Latacha De Oliveira
Latacha brings over 30 years of playing/coaching experience to the club. She also coaches indoor club at NC Academy and high school ball at Durham Academy. Growing up in Utah, Latacha played several years of indoor/beach volleyball, as well as basketball and softball. She was named part of the All-Conference and All-State teams in all three sports freshman through senior year. As a mother of 5 children, Latacha is very passionate about mentoring young athletes both on and off the court.
Originally from Pinehurst, NC, Jon has been playing beach since 1988 and has over 23 years of volleyball coaching experience. During Jon's playing career, he spent a number of years playing in both California and Texas. Jon was a top-rated player in California, and during the 90's, dominated the Mid-Atlantic. Jon is a professional at winning, and we are thrilled to have him help coach our year-round athletes!
Sarah Ihlefeld is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She just graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree is Mass Communication and Journalism. As an indoor player for most of her volleyball career, Sarah was a setter and an outside hitter. When Sarah got to college she made the switch to beach and plays in many regional adult tournaments. Sarah has coached multiple indoor clubs teams as well as outdoor programs.
Steve began his coaching career at Avalanche Club in Colorado with a 16’s National Team. After moving to the Carolinas, Steve spent 10 years coaching at NC Elite in Raleigh. During that tenure, he coached juniors National Teams of ages ranging from 15 to 18. Steve started playing beach volleyball in college and has had the privilege to train and play against some of the world’s top beach volleyball players. Steve has a degree in Health and Human Performance from ECU that has served him well while coaching/training professional athletes. Steve works for Cisco and lives in Morrisville with his wife, Shasta, and their daughter, Daven.
Holly grew up playing indoor volleyball in the Raleigh area. She was recruited to East Carolina University and played her freshman year, later graduating with her master’s degree in recreational therapy administration. Holly transitioned to sand shortly after graduating college and still trains and competes in tournaments regularly. Holly has over 6 years of indoor coaching experience but has found a passion for coaching beach. Holly enjoys spending her free time with her dog, Laila, and cat, Keeley.
Skylar has been playing beach volleyball for nearly a decade in the Carolina Region. Although committed to play indoor at Mississippi State, Skylar spends her free time helping teach the fundamentals of the game to younger members of Sinjin Beach. Skylar helps with our summer program and is the assistant for our National team. We look forward to having Skylar back during the summer to continue to develop the next generation of beach volleyball players!
Marie has been playing beach volleyball with Greg since their years together at the University of Tennessee. During her years at UNC, Marie has played on UNC's beach club team and competed in adult tournaments as well as an abundance of NCSVA collegiate beach tournaments. Marie works with Summer, Fall, and Year-round regional team members. Marie is currently in residency training at UNC to be a breast radiologist!