Barracuda Volleyball Club Leadership
Meet your 2021-2 Club Leadership: Our passion is growing the sport and developing well rounded athletes. We believe in God and the safety and overall well being of the Barracudas family.
Jesselyn Britton, Directorbarracudavb@gmail.com
Jesselyn is a native of Eastern North Carolina and attended Annunciation Catholic School, followed by Havelock High. She spent her 4 high school years participating on the Ram’s Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams and was named to the New Bern Sun Journal All-Area Team and as Player of the Year, several times for both Volleyball and Softball.
Following graduation, Jesselyn brought her talents to the U.S Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. She led the Mariners in both volleyball and softball and was named the Academy's Female Rookie Athlete of the Year as a freshman and, later, the Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. On the softball diamond, Jes was selected as the Landmark Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and was a two-time All-Landmark First Team selection and a one-time Second Team honoree. Jesselyn was as impressive as a hitter: in 2010 she held the NCAA record for doubles per game. For volleyball she landed a spot on the Landmark Volleyball First Team in 2009 and the Second Team in 2008. Jesselyn recently was named to the Landmark Conference Softball All Decade Team and was inducted into the USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.
While traveling the globe in her career in the Merchant Marine, Jesselyn was able to play internationally including playing in Singapores 1st National Beach Series. As a reservist, Jes participated and started on the All-Navy Women’s Indoor and beach Volleyball team off and on from 2012-2018 and was a three-time USA All-Armed Forces selection, getting the chance to participate in the international CISM tournament.
Jes has spent time coaching at the American Volleyball Academy in Singapore under fomer Olympian David Mackenzie. Locally, Jes coaches volleyball for her alma mater and provides pitching lessons in softball.
Derek Britton, Director
Originally from Upstate NY, Derek has been involved with volleyball for over 17 years. He spent his early career as the starting Middle Hitter for his high school and club programs. Attending the U.S Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Derek acted as the student coach of the Women's volleyball program for 3 years. In his senior year, he established a Men's Volleyball Club which participated in the EIVA DII volleyball conference. Derek continued as the starting Middle Hitter while also acting as Coach. Derek was named EIVA's Northern Division MVP and made the All Tournament team for the East Coast DII finals.
Following graduation, Derek moved to Virginia Beach, where he participated in various competitive adult leagues and tournaments, both indoor and beach. From 2015-2018, Derek was the starting Middle Hitter for the All Navy Men's Volleyball team, participating in All Armed Forces tournaments and traveling to the National tournament on several occasions.
Derek has spent the last three years in North Carolina and has coached for TRVC for the past two while also coaching private lessons.
Jeremy McDonald, Parent Player Rep.
A staple and founder of the Barracuda Volleyball Club, Jeremy has over 25 years of playing and coaching experience. His experience includes 4 years of St. Louis Mens Club Volleyball and Assistant coaching West Carteret High School (2011-2013).