North Carolina A & T Volleyball Camp
Head Coach / Camp DirectorHal Clifton
Hal Clifton became the ninth head coach in the history of the North Carolina A&T volleyball program on August 2, 2011 when Director of Athletics Earl Hilton announced his signing. He came to A&T with the charge of leading the Aggies back to the success they enjoyed during the 1990's and early 2000's. Clifton enters his fourth season and has made tremendous strides with the Aggies program.
During the 2014 season, the Aggies made their second consecutive appearance in the MEAC tournament. A&T posted a 6-4 record in the southern division and earned the third seed in the tournament where it fell 3-2 to Howard. The volleyball program remained one of the top academic programs at A&T as six student-athletes were named to the MEAC All-Academic team (Liz Martino, Jillian Nobles, Ashley Johnson, Jasmine Jones, Aleena McDaniel, and Brooke Stamnes).
In his third season with the Aggies, Clifton’s hard work and patience finally paid off. The Aggies made their first appearance in the MEAC tournament since 2007 as the No. 2 seed in the southern division. A&T also secured its first non-conference win since the 2010 season with a 3-2 victory over Alabama A&M on Sept. 6, 2013. Aleena McDaniel was named a 2013 third-team All-MEAC after leading the Aggies in kills (280). Clifton has also stressed academics during his tenure at A&T. McDaniel, along with Ashley Johnson, Jasmine Jones, and Brooke Stamnes were named to the 2013.
Assistant CoachAriel Newman
Ariel Newman was announced as an assistant volleyball coach for North Carolina A&T under head coach Hal Clifton on June 7, 2016. Her primary responsibilities are planning, recruiting, coaching and administrative duties as assigned.
Newman joins the Aggies after her time as the Guilford College Quakers volleyball assistant coach, which she began in the spring of 2015. Prior to her arrival at Guilford, Newman coached extensively in the local high school and club ranks. Newman has coached as either an assistant or head coach with the Piedmont Volleyball Club since 2009. She spent almost three years coaching the Greensboro Home School team, taking the 2014 team to the varsity state title.
Newman started her college volleyball career at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Bachelor Degree in sociology. She lettered three years and was a team captain as a senior for the Spartans. Newman received her Masters in Psychology with an emphasis on Sports and Performance from the University of the Rockies in 2014.
A Greensboro native, Newman attended Southern Guilford High School where she was a four-time North State all-conference player and two-time Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference Player of the Year.
Blaine Tendler was announced as an assistant volleyball coach under head coach Hal Clifton on June 29, 2016. His primary responsibilities include practice itinerary and recruiting, while focusing on setters, offense and serve receiving.
Tendler joins N.C. A&T with 34 years of coaching experience. Most recently, Tendler was owner and head coach at Piedmont Volleyball Club and head coach for USA High Performance teams, where he has coached since 2005. He also was an assistant coach for the USA Women’s Junior National Team from 2012-2013.
An all-conference player at University of Regina in Canada, Tendler graduated in 1991 with a degree in sports administration. He spent two years coaching at the professional level in Europe before returning to North America. In 2001 he was inducted to his hometown of Yorkton, Saskatchewan’s Hall of Fame.
After coaching in Europe, Tendler spent five years coaching at the Division I level and two years in Division III. He spent time at Bridgewater College (2001-2003), Drake University (1998-2000), and Illinois State (1995-1998).
As a player, Tendler’s Canada Games Team won the 1985 National Championship. Tendler’s wife, Mary, is the head volleyball coach at Elon University.