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NORTH COACHES

Jerry Burge - 18 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Jerry Burge - 18 North Head Coach - 2023

“I really excited to begin a new club season with Metro. With every year I coach I am more and more humbled by the privilege I have to impact the lives of so many athletes. Again this year we have a great coaching staff with a few new faces. We have a few new offerings this year that will make our program that much more competitive. I am eager to start the club season and continue to grow the game of volleyball and develop young athletes.”

Jerry Burge will be the Head Coach for our 18 North and 14 Travel teams. Additionally is our Metro North Director. This will be his 11th season coaching with Metro. Jerry comes with many years of coaching experience including former head coach and assistant coach at the junior college, and high school levels. He is also the head coach at Urbana high school. He competed with the Western Maryland College Club Volleyball team as a setter and team captain. He also competed for several years through USAV Chesapeake Region Men’s Volleyball teams as a setter and libero. Jerry is the father of six beautiful young ladies. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with an MBA in Business Administration and is currently a Clinical Project Manager at Syneos Health Inc.

Anne Wilson - 18 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Anne Wilson - 18 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"As a Metro North Alum, I am excited to come back to the club and coach 18 North this season. I look forward to helping the players improve their game, prepare for the college level and have fun!”

Annie comes to Metro with a total of 9 years of coaching experience at the club and college level.

Annie started playing volleyball in 9th grade to fill the fall season with a sport and quickly fell in love with the game. She played for Metro 17 and 18 North. She also played high school volleyball at Governor Thomas Johnson HS in Frederick, MD. In her senior season, in 2008, the team finished as runners up in the state championship match.

Annie went on to play Division III Volleyball at McDaniel College as an OH/OPP, where she was named to the All Conference team in her senior year.

Prior to Metro, Annie was an Assistant Coach at McDaniel College, Clarkson University and Millikin University, and Head Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology. As a college coach she won 5 conference tournament championships, won 2 NCAA regional championships, made 2 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and 2 NCAA Elite Eight appearances. She was also recognized with 7 Coaching Staff of the Year awards and as an AVCA 30 Under 30 recipient. She has coached numerous AVCA All Americans and is excited to bring her knowledge of college volleyball to the club level.

Annie graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from McDaniel College in 2013 and her MBA from Clarkson University in 2016. She currently lives in Frederick MD with her husband, Steve, and her dog, Pal. Annie is a Senior Recruiter for Protiviti, a Global Consulting Firm.


Mandy Blumenauer - 17 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Mandy Blumenauer - 17 North Head  Coach - 2023

"I'm looking forward to another great season with Metro, and the next generation of athletes. It is great watching each class of athletes grow as they move through the program, can't wait to see what this group achieves!"

 

Mandy Blumenauer is returning for her 10th club season with Metro, and her third year as the head coach of 17N.  She has 17 years of coaching/assisting volleyball experience at the public high school & club level.  

Aside from volleyball, Mandy is a CIDQ Interior Designer and USGBC LEED AP w/ a B.S. in Interior Design from Philadelphia University.  She is currently a Director at DBI Architects in Reston, VA, where she has been employed as an Interior Designer since 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, scuba diving, traveling, Art/Photography and spending time with friends & family.

Stacey Niehoff - 17 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Stacey Niehoff - 17 North Assistant  Coach - 2023

I enjoy getting to share my love of volleyball with young athletes and helping them improve their game. I am very excited to be back coaching 17 North again this year and can't wait to see what this years team achieves!

This is Stacey’s 5th year coaching with Metro and third year with 17 North. She has 8 years coaching experience between the high school and club levels. Stacey started playing volleyball in 7th grade. She made the switch to Metro her sophomore year of high school and played for Metro 16, 17, and 18 Travel. Stacey played high school volleyball at Governor Thomas Johnson HS in Frederick, MD. In her senior season, in 2008, the team finished as runners up in the state championship match. Stacey went on to play Division I volleyball at Towson University as a defensive specialist/libero.

She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from UMBC in 2018. Stacey is currently the Human Resources Manager for a construction company in Frederick, MD.


Claudia Lapcevich - 16 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Claudia Lapcevich - 16 North Head Coach -2023

"I’m blessed to be back for my 16th season with the Metro VBC North region! Working with so many talented young ladies and their families has been immensely rewarding, not only focusing on skill development, but more importantly from a character building perspective. The talent pool continues to blossom throughout the region, so its exciting to watch the sport grow! Our 16N team had an incredibly successful season in 2021/22, including winning JVA Charm City (16 Club) and a solid performance at AAU Nationals. I am looking forward to the 2022-2023 season, ready to push this year’s 16 North team to new heights."

Claudia has coached for 16 years with Metro Volleyball Club, where she has worked with the 16s, 15s, 14s, 13s and 10s age groups in the North region. Coach Laps was the Head Varsity Volleyball coach at Urbana HS in Frederick County from 2005-2011 (MD State Semifinalists, 2009), Assistant Varsity Volleyball coach at The Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, MD) from 2012-2014 (WCAC champions, 2012-2014), and Head Volleyball coach at Washington Christian Academy (Olney, MD) from 2015-2016. After 2 seasons officiating Frederick County HS volleyball, she returned to HS coaching in 2019 as the Head JV coach at Urbana HS. This year she took a break from officiating, focusing on house renovations and caring for her elders, while catching an occasional HS match so she can watch Metro players in action!

Claudia earned a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech, where she played club volleyball all 4 years, and still competes in USA Volleyball in the women's senior division, as well as local rec programs, grass and sand play. She is IMPACT certified, Gold Medal Squared trained and proud to be a 3-Dimensional Coach trained by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), coaching FCA Power Camps in Frederick County, MD and Kutztown, PA, as well as character coaching for sports teams in Frederick County.

When she is not coaching volleyball, Claudia works full-time as a Senior Technical Sales Specialist with Thermo Fisher Scientific, enjoys being an avid cyclist, golfing and playing volleyball, as well as spending time helping care for her elders. She has been married to Randy for 29 glorious years and is a proud mother of two: Stefan (Solutions Engineer, NetApp) and Cassie (Project Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific).

Lindsey Brittle - 16 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Lindsey Brittle - 16 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am beyond excited to share my love and passion for volleyball with young athletes! What an incredible experience it is to coach for a sport I love. Looking forward to an unforgettable season!"

Lindsey is excited to being coaching with Metro. She played a total of 11 years! Growing up in Northern Virginia, she played at Osbourn Park High School while playing for various club teams. She then went on to play in college at Davis & Elkins College, a small Division 2 school in Elkins, WV where she played DS/Libero. While playing volleyball in college, Lindsey was actively earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Lindsey became a personal trainer for Gold's Gym for 2 years before becoming a paid Firefighter/Paramedic in Frederick County Maryland, where she currently works.


Minh Pho - 15 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC 15 North-Head Coach 2023

“I am excited to continue building the players on Metro 15 North as both players and people. I believe that the growth of coaches and players never ends and I hope to create an environment where players feel comfortable to be challenged and grow so they are ready for their future. I look forward to a fantastic season!”

Minh Pho will go into his 4th year with Metro VBC and 3rd year as the head 15s coach.  This past club season the team finished with a record of 43-17.  Minh led the 15s team to a 3rd place finish at Capitol Hill Classic (15 Patriot), a 1st place finish at Irish Rumble (15 National), a 3rd place finish at South Atlantic Championship, and placed 45th at AAU Nationals in 15 Club. Previously, he has coached for another club for the 15’s, 16’s, and 18’s age groups. Minh also coached for 6 years as the JV coach at Westminster High School.

Minh graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Physics w/a Secondary Education concentration and from Stevenson University with a M.A. in Teaching. He currently teaches Human Body Systems and Honors Physics at Wheaton High School in Montgomery County.

Niki Wheeles - 15 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Niki Wheeles - 15 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am very excited to be able to give back to a club that helped shape me as a young athlete. I am looking forward to a great season working with great athletes!"

This is Niki's first season coaching with Metro. She began playing volleyball in 2009 as an Outside & Middle hitter. Niki played Metro 16s her sophomore year and played for another local club on their 18s team her last two years of high school. She has continued playing on women's rec & club leagues in her free time. Niki graduated from Salisbury University in 2016 with a degree in Business Marketing. She currently works in Financial Planning at Butera Wealth Management & hopes to get her CFP designation soon.


Summer Bowins - 14 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Summer Bowins - 14 North Head Coach - 2023

"I am very excited to be working with Metro for another season. I love giving back to the program that gave me so much. I can't wait to see what this season holds for our team."

Summer Bowins returns to Metro this season as the head coach for 14 North. Summer has had 2 strong seasons at the 14s level, taking Gold 2 years in a row at Irish Rumble, Gold at JVA St James in 2021, and Gold at both JVA Charm City and Capitol Hill Classic Club division in 2022. Summer has also served as the head coach of Metro's 15 North and 13 North teams during the 2017 and 2018 seasons respectively, as well as, the assistant coach for Metro's 18 North for 3 seasons. In addition, Summer has experience coaching at the high school level as the head varsity coach at Walkersville for 2 seasons and is currently in her 3rd season as head JV coach at Urbana. During her high school career at Governor Thomas Johnson, Summer was the varsity starting libero for 3 years. She also was the starting libero for Metro North 15s and 18s, Potomac Elite 16s, as well as starting libero for Frederick Community College.

Emily Sexton - 14 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Emily Sexton - 14 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"It is a pleasure to rejoin the club that got me started into volleyball. I cannot wait to share all that I have learned with my team."

Emily is beginning her first season coaching with Metro. She has coached 1 season as the JV assistant coach at Urbana High School and 2 mini seasons coaching rec leagues for U-12 at the YMCA. She started playing in 8th grade with the Metro 13 north team and played at Urbana for 4 years as an OH/MH. After that, she attended Division III school Elizabethtown College, where she played as an RH. Emily graduated from Etown with a B.S. in Physics and from Towson University with a Master's in Environmental Science. Currently she works as an Environmental Sustainability Program Analyst with ServiceNow. In her free time she likes working on DIY projects, gardening and hanging out with her 3 cats, Princess, Ares, and Little Man (who is not little!).


Alexis Thompson - 13 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Alexis Thompson - 13 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am very excited to be back for another year! I cannot wait to watch another group of girls grow not only as players but as teammates as well!"

This is her 2nd year as a head coach for Metro. Alexis has been playing volleyball for about 12 years. She started her volleyball career playing for Metro and then went on to play varsity volleyball at Urbana High School. She also played for another club team throughout her high school career. After high school, Alexis went on to play for Frederick Community College for about 2 years. Alexis is an elementary school teacher in Montgomery county and still plays on adult volleyball leagues in her spare time.​​​​​​​

Clarisse Diaz - 13 North Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Clarisse Diaz - 13 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am very excited to be coaching for Metro again this year. I can’t wait to see the players learn to love the game and sport like I did."

Clarisse returned for her fourth year with Metro. Clarisse has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old. Clarisse played for Metro 18 North for 3 years and played for the 12 North team when she was 11. She attended Urbana High School from 2015-2019, where she played for the varsity volleyball team for all four years as a libero/DS. Currently, Clarisse is studying nursing at Frederick Community College.

 


Diane Crampton - 12 North Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Diane Crampton - 12 North Head Coach - 2023

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to coach for Metro, one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. I am looking forward to helping young athletes develop solid fundamentals and to grow their love and passion for the game.”

Diane began her volleyball career at Boonsboro High School and continued playing as a setter at Hagerstown Community College. She then transferred and played her junior and senior years at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Diane comes to Metro with many years of coaching experience. Previously, she coached at another club for the 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s age groups. She is also currently the varsity head coach at Saint James School in Hagerstown.

Diane graduated from USC Upstate with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. She is currently retired and resides in Boonsboro with her husband, Will, and their three children, Zachary, Bailey and Delaney.

Shelby Skofield - 12 North Assistant Coach - 2023

"I’m so excited to be a part of this organization! I’ve made so many lifelong friends through the volleyball community over the years, and I can’t wait for this new chapter.  I strive to help  players be the best version of themselves, both on and off the court!"

Shelby Skofield is excited to assist 12 North this season. Originally from Milton, New Hampshire, she played volleyball throughout middle/ high school as well as a season for Great Bay Community College prior to her relocation to Tampa, FL. In Tampa, she continued to regularly play in adult leagues and attend clinics, learning new skills and coaching techniques along the way. After recently relocating to the DC metro area, coaching with Metro begins an exciting new chapter in her volleyball journey!