Piedmont Volleyball Club was founded by Kim Mansfield in 2004. Mansfield and a couple of club directors talked about uniting the top players in the area to begin playing multi-day events throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. At the time, very few clubs in the Carolinas emphasized overnight, travel volleyball, as tournaments were more daily, regional-based events throughout the state.
As the club's model became a reality, Piedmont VBC developed a winning formula. The club played in regional tournaments and earned bids through the Carolina Region Qualifier to play in the Club Division at the USAV Junior National Championships.
Over time, Piedmont Volleyball Club moved from playing in the club to open division, feeling the higher level of competition would better prepare the athletes for college. In 2007, two of our teams won USA National Championships Qualifiers. By 2008, our 18’s were competing in open events for the entire season, finished second in the Atlanta Qualifier, and earned the team a bid to nationals.
For many years, Piedmont remained fairly small with travel teams playing zonal and regional tournaments. However, in 2014, the club saw an opportunity to expand its programs when another club operating out of the Greensboro Sportsplex folded. PVC grew from five teams to 17 from 2014 to 2015.
In the fall of 2016, Kyle Milborn took over Piedmont Volleyball Club as Kim Mansfield retired. Kyle Milborn came to Piedmont VBC from Club Fusion in Chicago, IL, one of the largest clubs in the country (100+ teams) with over 20 years of volleyball experience. During his time at Club Fusion, Kyle trained and developed players that went on to compete as collegiate All-Americans, USA Women's National and Junior National players, and overseas professionals. He also coached multiple teams that went on to win national tournaments and championships. Kyle was also apart of helping lead Club Fusion to be one of the most recruited volleyball clubs in the country for 18 years.
At that point in time, Piedmont VBC applied our master coach training philosophy to create a training approach to support teams of all age groups and levels. In 2016, we decided to make teaching the sport to a younger group of prospective players a priority by creating a developmental program for kids who wanted to learn volleyball with proper technique and work on fundamental skills prior to playing one day on a competitive team.
From 2016 to 2023, Piedmont VBC has sent 44 teams to compete at the AAU National Championships. We have had 16 teams finish in the Top-50 in the nation, including a 5th place finish in 2023 by 14-AA, 2022 by 14 Elite, and 5th place finish in 2019 by 18 Elite. 14 Elite's 5th place finish was one of the highest finishes from any club in North Carolina. Piedmont very humbly can say that no other club in the Triad has had that many Top 50 finishes.
We are very proud to be one of the Triad's top recruited clubs with over 100 athletes playing collegiate volleyball. Over the past nine years, we have helped 70 athletes from across the Triad commit to play volleyball at the collegiate level. While we still have a primary goal of preparing athletes to play at the next level and giving them national exposure, we are also committed to incorporating those same cutting-edge training techniques to players who simply want to play competitive volleyball through their school years.