Staff

  • Ben Baldridge - Executive Director

    Favorite Verse:
    1 Chronicles 28:20 - Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

    Personal Fact:
    Ben has been married to his wife Joanna for 3 years and has two children under two years old (Bailey and Bo). He has been working with Upward Stars Upstate for 3 years. He has been in the Sports Management field since 2007 and has been managing leagues/clubs for the past 8 years.
  • Monica Fain - Administrative Assistant

    Favorite Verse:
    Colossians 3:23 "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people."

    Personal Fact:
    Monica has been married to her husband Max for 21 years. She has 3 children: Tinsley, Parker and Peyton. She has coached in 9 State Championships (winning 7). Monica has coached Varsity Basketball and Volleyball since 2004. She has coached club volleyball for the last 14 years..
  • Corey Helle - Volleyball Director

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    Experience:
    Head Volleyball Coach Wofford College 2002-2012

    Personal Fact:
    Coach Helle has been married 14 years to Kim, father of three to Maggie, Lucas and Abbey, was head coach of the first juniors team ever to qualify for and attend USAV Nationals (Orlando, 1995). He led the 2016 18U team to a AAU National Championship. He has coached dozens of club All-Americans. He has been the Club Director Upward Stars Volleyball, Upstate SC (2012-present); Head Coach Wofford College (2001-2012); Associate Head Coach Wofford College (1999-2000); Asst Coach Furman University (1997-1998); Asst Coach University of South Carolina Columbia (1995-1996)