Our Team Members

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Greg Vogel

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 dogs, Regan and Brody.

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Ashley Muench

After growing up in Hurdle Mills, NC, Ashley amassed so many career accolades from playing outside hitter at UNCG that we can't fit them in this bio... Her highlights while at UNCG include SoCon player of the year her senior season and SoCon Freshman of the year. After playing collegiately, Ashley spent two seasons playing professionally in Albania. After moving back to NC, Ashley put all of her focus into the beach game and immediately emerged as one of the top players on the women's circuit. Ashley serves as a lead coach for our Select team at Sinjin. 

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Mileva Popovic

Mileva is our Cali girl! Born and raised in Southern California, Mileva grew up playing both indoor and beach volleyball before going on to play D1 in both at St. Mary's College of California. Mileva still visits the beaches of Southern Cal regularly to play in tournaments, notably, the Manhattan Beach 6-man! She has an immense amount of juniors coaching experience having coached at Orange Coast and Surfside Volleyball clubs. Fun fact: Mileva lives in Durham and is currently dating a 2-time olympian in shotput! At Sinjin, Mileva serves as a lead coach for our National team.

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Chase Teal

Chase played at Sinjin Beach since its inception in 2017. She has played a vital role in being a friend and mentor to every member of our club since joining. She's amassed an incredible beach volleyball IQ making her a great fit for helping train the next line of athletes to come through our club. We enjoy having Chase help lead our Summer program whenever she is home from playing at the University of South Carolina 

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Steve Kidder

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.

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Joe Pate

Joe started playing beach during his freshman year at NC State outside his dorm and quickly fell in love with the people of beach volleyball and the sport itself. Joe played Middle/Right Side for NC State's club team for 3 years before getting into local beach tournaments. Joe currently lives in Raleigh and, while finishing his studies, competes in open level beach tournaments along the east coast. Joe serves as a lead coach across all teams and programs at Sinjin Beach.

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Natalie Clemens

Natalie started playing volleyball when she was 13 and eventually went on to play at Kent State University as a libero and defensive specialist. After college she moved to Florida and gained a love for beach volleyball and enjoyed traveling to play in tournaments every weekend. Before moving to Raleigh in 2008, Natalie sailed the high seas working on cruise ships! She is currently the Corporate Wellness & Activities Director for McConnell Golf and still enjoys playing as much as she can. Natalie serves as the lead coach for Sinjin's Regional team.

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Kacy Hele

Kacy joins Sinjin Beach as a 2022 college grad! She competed at the D1 level in beach volleyball for San Jose State University where she studied Biomedical Engineering. At SJSU, Kacy competed in the 5s and helped the Spartans set a program record of most team wins in the season in 2020 and tied that record in 2022. Kacy brings a competitive edge and elite knowledge of what it takes to succeed on and off the court at the top collegiate level. Off the court, she works as an Engineer at Duke Medical.