A few years ago, Brittany Ter Meer was a standout volleyball player at Cape Fear Christian Academy. Now, the 2015 graduate will take over as head coach of the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams at CFCA.
“I always knew I wanted to help out the volleyball program, even when I went to college,” Ter Meer said. “I always wanted to give back to my school. I loved my time at Cape Fear and I’m so thankful for the community there. It’s a small school and I always liked that, I think it drove me to want to go to a small school like Methodist. So I’m happy that I’m able to come back and contribute to the community.”
Ter Meer went on to have an impressive college career at Methodist University over the last four years. She was first team USA South All-Conference in the East Division as a senior in 2018, and finished as the Monarchs’ third all-time career leader in blocks with 250 and sixth in kills with 1,009.
Ter Meer will take the reigns from Calvin Gaines, who was accepted into the physical therapy program at Methodist and determined that his educational pursuits would not allow him sufficient flexibility to coach at CFCA. Under Gaines, the Eagles’ junior varsity team won the Sandhills Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2018, and the varsity team earned a berth to the NCISAA 1A playoffs.
Ter Meer said she had planned on helping out the CFCA volleyball program even if Gaines was still around.
“I’m pretty excited,” Ter Meer said. “I almost feel like I have those pre-game jitters I got from when I was playing. I kind of know these girls because I’ve seen them growing up... I’m going to feel like an old lady seeing how much they’ve grown. I played with a couple of their older sisters back in high school, so I’m sure it’ll be crazy to see how different they are now.”
Ter Meer is currently in the process of applying for graduate school. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in medical science and become a physician assistant. She said the process won’t overlap with the volleyball season, so she doesn’t anticipate any problems.
“Volleyball will probably be a stress reliever for me,” Ter Meer said. “It’s natural for me at this point after all these years of playing. I feel like when I’m out there I can turn my brain off, forget about everything else going on and just enjoy the game.”
Ter Meer has some experience coaching teams for the Sandhills Athletic Club, and while travel ball and school ball are a bit different in terms of intensity, she hopes to bring that same competitive fire to CFCA.
“In school ball, some girls are doing it to stay in shape or just for fun,” Ter Meer said. “In travel ball, yeah, I had fun when I played, but when I stepped out on that court I was playing to win and to get better, and that’s going to be my mindset as a coach. Even if we don’t win, I want us to compete and continue to grow... That’s what I enjoy most about coaching, seeing players grow. If there’s something that’s been bothering a girl all season, and then she finally figures it out at the end, it’s so rewarding. Those ‘I can’ moments just feel so good, knowing that you helped make that happen.”