Opened in 1996, the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center/Halton Arena contains the playing arena for the 49ers Womens Volleyball Program. read more

Karen Weatherington

Head Coach

Weatherington just completed her first season at the helm of Charlotte Volleyball picking up her first win in convincing fashion during a 3-0 sweep of crosstown rival Davidson on August 28th. Her first victory in Conference USA play also came in the opener taking a 3-1 decision over UTEP at home on September 21st. Other top victories in the year came during a 3-0 sweep over Liberty on September 11th as Charlotte hit a season-best .355 with 48 kills. Homecoming weekend was also special as a pair of victories came over Marshall and North Texas. The Niners downed the Herd in five on October 23rd while dismissing the Mean Green in three two days later.

During the year, Weatherington helped the Niners tie or break 35 different individual career records throughout the year. The most came from redshirt sophomore Abreia Epps who was named Conference USAs Offensive Player of the Week on September 28th after hitting .354 with 55 kills and 13 blocks against UTEP at home and on the road at Marshall and UAB. Epps would be the first under Weatherington to also be named to an All-Conference USA team after throwing down 206 kills in league play garnering second team honors in 2015. Four different players were also named to All-Tournament teams earlier in the year.

More superb numbers under Weatherington saw middle blocker Anna Henderson lead Conference USA in blocking with 1.30 blocks per set, 24 solo blocks and 79 total in league play. Henderson would finish tied for third with 55 blocks assists. Other top-10 stat leaders saw Britney Leigh Held finish fifth overall with 9.92 assists/set in C-USA and Shelby Green conclude second with 0.38 aces/set and seventh with 3.95 digs/set


Verna Julaton

Assistant Coach

Charlotte volleyball Head Coach Karen Weatherington has announced the addition of Verna Julaton as an assistant coach for the 49ers volleyball program. Julaton recently served as director of the Denver Volleyball Club, where the weekend prior to joining the 49ers, she coached her 18s team to a gold medal at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier and earned a bid to 2015 USA Volleyball Nationals in New Orleans.

Prior to taking the reins in Denver, she was an assistant coach at Alabama State University. Julaton joined the staff at ASU headed by her mentor and former US national player Penny Lucas White. Julaton helped establish the program by recruiting players that won back to back SWAC Championships and earned two trips to NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Prior to ASU, Julaton spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach for Air?Force. In that time, Julaton brought her expertise to the Falcons volleyball program in her administrative, recruiting, summer camp and on-court coaching duties, Julaton worked primarily with the Air Force defensive specialists and liberos. She gained notoriety as a recruiting coordinator bringing all levels of athletes to the Academy, which still boasts the nations toughest admissions standards. While at Air Force, the program produced numerous All-Conference and All-Academic players including a Rhodes Scholar.


Jennifer Charles

Assistant Coach

Charlotte Volleyball Head Coach Karen Weatherington has announced the hiring of Jennifer Charles as assistant coach on Monday morning. Charles will work with blocking, middle and right side attacking as well as serve as recruiting coordinator for the program.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the 49er family,” remarked Weatherington. “She has a charisma and passion for the game that is conveyed in everything she does. She is a great coach and teacher with a work ethic that will immediately impact our development of current and future Niners.”,

Charles most recently was head coach at University of Mount Olive. Prior to her time at the Division II program, she served as assistant coach at North Carolina Central University, where she spent the spring as interim head coach. She spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at University of North Carolina, which posted a combined 54-10 record during Charles two years. The Tar Heels advanced to the 2014 NCAA Division I Elite Eight in her second season and set school records with a 29-3 record and a No. 7 ranking in the AVCA National Coaches Poll.


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