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Rachel Minckler - 18/17 South PW Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Rachel Minckler - 18/17 South PW Head Coach - 2023

"Coaching is very rewarding, it is not only about helping athletes develop skills on the court but also assisting them shape who they are and who they will become as a person off the court."

This is Rachel's fifth season coaching for Metro but 1st as a head coach for 18's Prince William. Rachel is currently the varsity volleyball coach at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, VA. She started playing volleyball in sixth grade and continued on to play at the collegiate level. Her team hosted Nationals all 4 years she played and won 3rd place at Nationals in the conference her senior year. Rachel was a good leader both on and off the court for the team and was a three year captain at State University of New York at Canton.  During her fifth year of college she served as the Assistant Coach. 

Rachel graduated with an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelors degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. She has a Masters degree in School Counseling from Liberty University as well as an Educational Specialist degree. Rachel is currently working towards her Doctorate in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. Rachel is working as a High school counselor at Stafford High School and thoroughly enjoys working with students whether it be academically, socially, or emotionally. In her free time, she loves working out, completing word searches, painting, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Heather Owens- 18 South PW Assistant Coach 2023

Heather Owens- 18 South PW Assistant  Coach 2023

“I'm excited for another year with Metro. Volleyball is more than just a game, it's joining a family that will last a lifetime."

Heather is returning for her second season with Metro Volleyball Club. She is the Varsity Head Coach at Osbourn High School. Heather began her career in coaching at the Manassas Boy’s and Girl’s Club where she coached for 6 seasons. She has assisted in many volleyball clinics in the Northern Virginia area. Heather started playing volleyball in the 8th grade. She was an outside hitter, all-around player for her team. She became captain for her team during her Junior and Senior year.

Heather attended The University of Virginia’s College at Wise earning a Bachelor's in Administration of Justice with a minor in Psychology. While balancing both school and work she still managed to find time to continue to play for her school's club team. Heather moved to the Northern Virginia area for Graduate school. She completed her Master’s from Marymount University in Forensic and Legal Psychology. Heather currently works as a Contractor for the DOJ.

In her free time, she loves staying active and spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie Wacker - 16 South PW Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Stephanie Wacker - 16 South PW Head Coach - 2023

"Looking forward to another fun season helping athletes take their game to the next level, fall in love with the sport, and develop their volleyball IQ"

Stephanie is returning for her 7th season with Metro and 9th year overall coaching club volleyball. She is returning for her second season as the 16s PW head coach after previously coaching 14s for 2 seasons and 15s for 3. She has had very successful seasons with Metro South with previous teams winning multiple one day tournaments, qualifying for the Gold Bracket at Irish Rumble, SAC, Charm City, and Capitol Hill Classic. She is proud that former players went on to become impact players on their Varisty high school team with others continuing to play in college.

Stephanie is a Virginia Beach native who grew up playing for First Colonial High School, local club teams, and spent her summers playing beach volleyball. She is a GIS Engineer for a tech company and spends her spare time running, hiking, and spoiling her mini pitbull Marley.

Kaitlin Crutchley - 16 South- PW Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Kaitlin Crutchley - 16 South- PW Assistant Coach - 2023

"Let's go Metro! I'm ready for a fun season of theme practices and helping players improve their volleyball skills and IQ."

Kaitlin is returning for her fifth season with Metro Volleyball Club. She is in her first season as the Head Volleyball coach at Forest Park High School. Kaitlin is a Woodbridge native and started playing club volleyball at the age of 10. She attended Osbourn Park High School, where she was a four-year Varsity outside hitter. Kaitlin continued her volleyball career with 3 years of NAIA college volleyball. Kaitlin double majored in Health and Physical Education and Sport Management from Virginia Intermont College. She has earned her Masters in Special Education from George Mason University. Kaitlin is currently a Special Education teacher working with students with learning disabilities in the areas of Algebra and Geometry for Prince William County Schools. During her downtime, Kaitlin will spend time with her friends and family.

Tiana Patterson - 15 South PW Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Tiana Patterson - 15 South PW Head Coach - 2023

"We play how we practice: hard and competitive.  I'm looking forward to another great season with Metro!"

This is Tiana’s fifth season coaching with Metro, but second year as head coach for 15’s S/PW. She started playing volleyball at the Dumfries Boys and Girls club at the age of nine and continued on to play at the collegiate level. Tiana attended Potomac Senior High School where she was a four-year Varsity outside hitter, all - around player, and team captain. Tiana found this to be the perfect stage to share her passion of motivating youth, building confidence, and being a role model for today’s youth to achieve their goals. Tiana has taken the lessons she learned in sports and work to teach others how important teamwork, dedication, and commitment are and how those tools help you through life. Tiana currently works at Proflex Physical Therapy as a Front Desk Coordinator. She provides coverage throughout all of our Virginia locations in Alexandria, Stafford, and Fredericksburg. In addition to juggling her Proflex schedule, she attends college and is working towards her Bachelor’s in Business Management with a focus in the sports industry.

Coming Soon - 15 South PW Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Alexis Fields - 15 South PW Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Metro coaching staff this year! It is truly an honor to work with such an amazing volleyball club and staff, especially having been a former player. I cannot wait to share my knowledge and passion for the game with all the girls, and help them develop their character and skills as athletes. The goal is to get 1% better every day. WORK HARD, WIN EASY! Let’s go METRO!"

Alix is starting her first season with Metro Volleyball Club, having previously coaching for Rippon Middle School, Forest Park High School, and the Boys and Girls club. A Woodbridge native, she started playing club volleyball at the age of 12, including playing several years with local clubs, including Metro American. She is a graduate of Forest Park, where she played four years, including three seasons as a starting Varsity outside hitter and two years as team Captain. Forest Park reached the 3A regional tournament in all of her varsity seasons, and Alix was named all-Cardinal District, all-Area, all-Region, and All-Washington Post “Extra” first teams.

Alix has associates degrees from American Military University in dietetics and nutrition, and in early childhood care and education, and is almost finished with her BS in Sports and Health Sciences. Alix owns her own apparel and design company, and is currently employed as an associate for marketing with Covenant of Greater Washington for which she is also their apparel vendor.

Alix is a proud Mom to 6 children, including two up and coming volleyball players, and in her “spare” time is a devoted fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

David Van- 14 South PW Head Coach 2023

Metro VBC - David Van- 14 South PW Head Coach 2023

“I am overjoyed to work and mentor the girls this year! Working with all of them and seeing them grow as players and young adults will be outstanding. Let’s all work hard and improve together!”

David started his volleyball career when he began playing for the club volleyball team at Longwood University. As he learned and experienced volleyball at Longwood, he worked toward a master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in teaching. Taking what he had experienced from playing club and learned as an aspiring teacher, he started coaching volleyball at the school he currently works at. David first started as an assistant coach for the first season where he gained valuable experience from the staff members. At the start of his second year to the present, he has had the opportunity to work as the Junior Varsity Head Coach. David has been working with Metro for the past three years as both an assistant and head coach learning with the players as he finds ways to encourage and engage players so that they may meet their full protentional before moving onward to the next step in their lives.

Sydney Hicks- 14 South PW Assistant Coach 2023

Metro VBC - Sydney Hicks- 14 South PW Assistant Coach 2023

Sydney grew up in Northern Virginia, playing at various clubs in the area. As an undergraduate, she played as a pin hitter at Division 1, Coppin State University. During her time there the team became the winningest team in school history and North Division MEAC champs for the first time in school history . 

Sydney received her undergraduate degree in Sports and Entertainment Management and she is currently pursuing her MBA at Wilmington University.

Will Burkett - 13 South PW Head Coach- 2023

Metro VBC Will Burkett - 13 South PW Head Coach - 2023

"I’m proud to represent our Metro family as the South Region Director and 13 South Head Coach, and to be associated with such an outstanding group of coaches. This season affords us the opportunity to grow the legacy that is Metro Volleyball. Let’s go Metro!!!”

This will be Will’s tenth year with Metro. Will has also been the League Coordinator for a youth volleyball program in Delaware, the coach for three women's USAV teams, the Assistant Varsity Coach at McDonough School (1998-1999), the Instructor for Adult and Youth Clinics through Mid-Atlantic Volleyball (1998-2003) and the Assistant JV Coach at Woodbridge High School (2011-2012). Will was first taught to play competitive volleyball while in the US Army, stationed in Germany. He was selected for the "All Star" Military Community Team and traveled throughout Europe playing in joint-force, international tournaments. After the military, he relocated to Dover, Delaware where he continued to play as a USAV adult player in the Chesapeake Region for a variety of clubs at different levels.

Will attended Wilmington University where he completed coursework towards a BS in Business Management and is currently the Director of Operations at Performance & Leadership Development, Ltd. – an executive coaching firm based in DC.

Eliza Freeman - 13 South PW Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Eliza Freeman - 13 South Assistant Coach - 2023

"Coming into my second season coaching Metro, and I could not be more excited! I absolutely love coaching and can't wait to be able to get to know each one of my players and be able to share my passion for the game with them! Coaching brings me so much joy and I love watching the players grow over the season! For me it's so important that each player knows they have my support always!"

Eliza is heading into her second season coaching with Metro. Although this is Eliza's second season coaching with metro, she played for Metro back during her 14 & 15's club seasons for Coach Stephanie. Eliza went to Woodbridge Senior High School and played on the varsity volleyball team all four years, she also earned multiple all district awards while there. Eliza graduated spring of 2021 from Woodbridge. Eliza went on in the fall to play for Salt Lake Community College. While playing at SLCC the team climbed to a NJCAA top ranking of #3 in the country. After that first season of being at SLCC Eliza decided that she was ready to transfer to a 4 year institution. Eliza ended up deciding to come back to Virginia and play at Marymount University, which is an NCAA D3 school. Eliza is in her sophomore year at Marymount and is an Elementary Education major. With plans to become a elementary school teacher.