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Silvia Johnson - Club Director & 18 Travel Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Club Director & 18 Travel Head Coach - 2023

"I have had the pleasure of being involved in coaching at Metro for the past 18 years and Club Director for the past 6 seasons.  I feel extremely fortunate to surround myself with some of the best club volleyball coaches and staff in the country. It has been rewarding to watch our sport grow and become Nationally competitive in our area. In the short 6 years, we have qualified 17 teams at the Open level and 36 teams earned bids to GJNC.  Our teams in the East, South, Central and North are expanding and have won numerous medals including Regionals and CHC. We look forward to pushing forward and making strides both at the National level as well as growing the sport of volleyball in our area"

Silvia Johnson is in the 7th season as the Club Director of Metro Volleyball Club, in that short time Metro has been able to achieve 17 Open Teams and put themselves on the National Stage.  In 2021 Metro's National Club ranking was 16th, Metro is the only club in the CHRVA region to be ranked in the top 100!  When Silvia Johnson took over in 2015 Metro was ranked 89th in the Nation, under Johnson's helm Metro has also been able to grow from 18 to 31 teams, including expanding to new regions.  

  • Since 2003, all of the athletes Johnson has coached on the 18 Travel Team have gone on to play at the collegiate level.
  • In 2021, all 13 athletes went on to play at the Division 1 level.  The 18 Travel Team ended the season with a record of  58-10 and ranked #11 in the Nation. The team was able to Triple Qualify for an Open Bid including Gold at Ohio Valley Qualifier, Silver at Mid-East Qualifier and Bronze at Northeast Qualifier.
  • In 2020, even though the season was cut short the 18 Travel team was able to earn an Open Bid to GJNC. All Athletes went on to play at the next level.
  • In 2019,  18 Travel ended the season with a record of 56-13 & had 32 matches against Open Qualified teams with a record of 22-10 (all but one of those losses were in 3). They triple qualified for 18 Open at Ohio Valley, NEQ and MEQ. Metro 18 Travel has all 15 players committed to Division 1 programs.
  • In 2018  Metro Volleyball Club had two teams earn a medal at Nationals and 16 Travel had the highest finish in CHRVA history at the Open Level GJNC.
  • In 2018 her 18 Travel team medaled at GJNC at the National level. They also won a silver medal at the Northeast Qualifier in the Open level.  
  • In 2017 Metro Volleyball Club was 1 of only 7 teams in the Nation to qualify 5 of more teams in the Open Division of the Girl’s Junior National Championships. All 6 travel teams earned a bid to the Girl’s Junior National Championships.  
  • In 2017 her team made history by being the only team in the CHRVA Region to double qualify for the Open Division for the Girl’s Junior National Championships. 
  • In 2016 Silvia Johnson’s team was the only team in the CHRVA Region to qualify for the Open Division for the Girl’s Junior National Championships.  
  • In 2015 her team made history and became the first National Champion in the CHRVA Region by Winning the Girls Junior 18 National Division! 

Every athlete that played for Silvia Johnson’s 18 Travel team ( Metro Volleyball Club as well as Metro American VBC ) went on to play collegiate volleyball.

Prior to taking over Metro, Silvia (Panak) Johnson has spent 9 seasons being the head coach of the Metro American VBC 18 Travel team and was in charge of the coaching staff and training. 

In her first year as head coach of the 18 Travel team (2007), her team racked up some amazing credentials: undefeated in the Region in all tournaments, Regional champions, 3rd Place at the Villanova Tournament, 2nd place at the Capitol Hill Classic, 5th Place at the Colorado Crossroads tournament, 11th place in the Open division in the Atlanta Big South tournament, 3rd place at the KIVA tournament, qualified for the Junior Olympics at the National level, and finished 54th in the nation out of thousands of teams in the 18U division. In 2008, her team once again went undefeated in the Region in all tournaments, Regional Champions, 2nd place at the Capitol Hill Classic, 3rd place at the North East Qualifier, 9th place at Colorado Crossroads, and qualified for the Junior Olympics at the National level. Silvia followed up 2009 with another successful year. The 2010 season ended with a National Bid where along the way in the tournament, they defeated both the tournament’s eventual champion and runner-up to make a strong case for being considered among the nation’s best. The crowning success, however, came in 2011 when Silvia took her team to Nationals as the first ever 18‘s Open Bid in the Chesapeake Region and then followed that up with three more consecutive years of National qualifying teams in 2013, 2014 ( Open Bid) and 2015.  

As a testimony to Silvia's drive and knowledge as a head coach, all of her players have gone on to play volleyball in college and beyond.  Silvia has coached players that has gone on to represent the USA National Teams as well as players who have gone on to play professionally overseas. 

Silvia served as the assistant coach for American University alongside head coach, Barry Goldberg. During her time with the Eagles, AU won 5 conference championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament 5 times.

Johnson played her junior and senior years for American University, winning the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship both years. She was named team MVP in 1999 and American University Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2000. A two-time All-CAA selection, Johnson was ranked among the NCAA leaders in aces in both of her seasons at American. Before transferring to American, Johnson played for Long Beach State and was a part of the undefeated 1998 NCAA Championship team. Johnson still holds the school record for most assists in a match at 75, which she accomplished twice in her career. She is the career leader at AU for assists per game and is eighth all-time in aces per game.

Silvia currently resides in Frederick, Md. with her husband, Winfred and their two daughters, Tatiana and Natalia. Daughter, Tatiana is a freshman setter at the University of South Florida. 

Brandie Couch - Administrative Assistant - 2024

Metro VBC Administrative Assistant - Brandie Couch - 2024

“Being a part of a club that strives for excellence in all aspects is a unique experience and I'm honored to support the coaches, athletes and families.“

Brandie has served as an administrate assistant since 2016 after coaching for Metro American Volleyball 2006-2014.  During her years with the club, she coached 16s, 14s and 12s.  She lead her teams to a second place finish at CHRVA Regionals and finished in the top two in several region tournaments.   She played volleyball as an outside and libero in high school and for the Virginia Tech’s Women’s Club team.  While playing in college, she helped coach with Christiansburg Middle School’s girls team for two years.  After graduation with a Marketing Management Degree from Virginia Tech, she and her husband moved to Connecticut where they coached the 14s and 16s Travel teams together at Husky Volleyball Club.  In 2006, they moved to Maryland where she was able to join Metro American as a coach.  She takes joy in sharing the sport of volleyball, which has been formative and rewarding in her life, with others.