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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. 

Patrice Arrington - 18 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Patrice Arrington - 18 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

"I'm thrilled to be entering into my 6th season with Metro. It brings me such joy to be able to work with such wonderful young ladies.  I hope my knowledge and experience can continue to help grow and develop these athletes so they are able to reach their volleyball goals.”

Patrice Arrington is the Assistant Athletic Director & Head Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach at Flint Hill School. For the 2021-2022 season, Patrice coached the Flint Hill School Varsity volleyball team to another ISL Championship, as well as the 11th consecutive VISAA State Championship.  She had five players awarded to First Team All-League, and six players made first and second team All-State.  Patrice also had three players named to the First and Second All-Met teams and She was named All-Met Coach of the Year.

Prior to her work at Flint Hill, She was the Director of College and Career services and assistant volleyball coach at Wilson High School.  Arrington also played professional volleyball for 12 years and was a 5-year member of the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team and helped them qualify for the Olympics in 2000 and 2008. During her career, Arrington played for several professional teams in countries such as Holland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Puerto Rico, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. She received several awards including MVP of the Russian Super League.  

Arrington has coached Volleyball at the collegiate level for both The George Washington University and Fordham University where she was responsible for recruiting and other team preparations. Arrington is a certified personal trainer specializing in performance enhancement training, weight management, and Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).  Patrice also works part-time with PrepMatters as an Educational Counselor providing college counseling for students.

From 2007-2020, Patrice along with her sister Perette, coached the Wilson High School Volleyball team to over 19 DCIAA Championship titles out of 20, two third place State finishes, and two runner-up’s in the DC State Championships. Additionally, the Wilson High School volleyball team was ranked 10th in the Washington Post All-Met Sports for the first time in history. 

Arrington graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. While attending the University of Oklahoma, she played volleyball as an outside hitter and ran track.  Arrington received numerous All-Conference and All-Tournament Team honors in volleyball and the Most Outstanding Student Athlete two years in a row. She also received the first Prentice Ghatt award for Best Academic Student Athlete of the Year. Arrington earned AVCA All-American honors and still holds records for Oklahoma and the NCAA.  She finished her college career being ranked #7 in the country. Arrington graduated with her master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and earned her certificate from NYU’s Tisch Institute of Global Sport in the Fundamentals of Global Sports Management.

Patrice Arrington resides in Washington, DC with her dog Gizmo.


Corey Hobson - 17 Travel Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Corey Hobson - 17 Travel Head Coach - 2023

"This year the stage is set to compete at a very high level. It is always exciting to get back in the gym and see the progress that athletes have made and continue to make to better themselves and the club. It is very exciting to work with such talented athletes, as well as work alongside such high-level coaches."

 

Corey Hobson is going into his ninth year of coaching club with METRO, he spent the first four years as the Assistant for 18 Travel, one year as the associate head coach with Adam Hughes, and the last three years as the Head Coach for 17 Travel.  Corey’s years with METRO have been highlighted by being a part of the first team from the Chesapeake Region to win a National Championship, in 2021 placing 5th in the Nation at the Open Level Division, taking Bronze at Nationals in the National Division, and qualifying for Nationals in the Open Division five years in a row, two years with the 18 Travel and three years with the 17 Travel.

Corey began his volleyball career as a setter at Cambridge Springs High School in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania where he helped to put his school on the map (ranked #1 in the state) by leading his team to the state playoffs his senior year.  Corey continued his volleyball career with the Penn State men’s volleyball team from 2010 to 2013 as the technical coordinator.  During his years with the team, Penn State made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament and were EIVA Champions all four years.  His duties included being the primary technical operator of the Data Volley and Data Video software, planning and organizing practices with coaches, scouting opponents and creating scouting reports in preparation of upcoming matches, and practicing with the team.  Corey was also a setter for the men’s club volleyball team for three of his four years at Penn State and graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Corey currently lives in Stafford, VA with his wife, Kirsten, and daughters Lucy and Logan. He works full-time as a Project Manager for Baker Concrete Construction.

Kyle Thompson - 17 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Kyle Thompson - 17 Travel Assistant Coach 2023

“I am excited to continue with the Metro family and to be able to work with some of the best athletes in the greater DMV area. Metro is a club filled with incredible volleyball talent and has become a top club on the East Coast, I’m excited to continue to grow the athletes and the success of the club. This will be my fifth season at 17's and after qualifying open each year, I am excited to see how this group continues the Metro legacy.”

Kyle returns to Metro Travel as the 17 Assistant Coach for the 5th year after a successful seasons qualifying for Open for USAV Girls Junior National Championships.  Kyle Thompson is in his sixth year as the Director of  Volleyball Operations at the University of Maryland. He has served as the Interim Assistant Coach for the past 2 seasons and was named Team Leader of the U21 National Team who won a gold medal this past June at the Pan American Cup in Mexico. Prior to Maryland, Kyle was the Program Coordinator for the volleyball team at the University of Washington in the 2016 season where the Huskies captured the Pac-12 championship and advanced to the Elite 8.

Kyle has a masters from the University of Washington in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership and a bachelors from Texas Lutheran University where he was a four year letter winner in their tennis program and also served as the student assistant coach for the volleyball program.


Sam Danai - 16 Travel Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Sam Danai - 16 Travel Head Coach - 2023

"I am looking forward to the upcoming season and building off of the tremendous success of the past, including qualifying open 4 of the past 5 years."

Sam Danai has been involved in club volleyball in the Chesapeake region since the 2001-2002 season.  This year will be the 19th season that Sam will be the head coach of the 16 Travel team.  

In 2022 season,  with a record of  83-7 the team won 8 tournaments, including the NEQ qualifier, JVA Rock and Rumble, JVA Summerfest, JVA Charm City, the Capitol Hill Classic, the CHRVA Regional Championship, both Mid-Atlantic Power Leagues (16-18 Black division) and a regional tournament.

In 2021 season, 16 travel team enjoyed a wonderful season which culminated in a second place finish at nationals in the National Division.

Sam's volleyball career began in Pittsburgh, PA at Taylor Allderdice High School where he earned all-city honors and led his team to their first City Championship in a decade.

Sam attended American University (1998-2002) and graduated from American University Law School in 2005.  During his time at American University, Sam also served as a team manager, student assistant and graduate assistant for the American University Women's Volleyball team.  The American University volleyball team won the conference championship 6 of the years that Sam was with the team and qualified for the NCAA tournament 5 times.

Sam is married to Lauren Danai and has two children, Noah and Ellie

Jenna McGann - 16 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Jenna McGann - 16 Central Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am so excited for my second season at Metro! I am looking forward to developing the player’s skills, love for the game, and them as women!"

Jenna is entering her second season with Metro. Last season, she was the head coach of 16 Central where her team had multiple top-5 finishes in their division at tournaments. They also placed in the top 2 at several regional tournaments. Jenna is one of the assistant varsity coaches at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.

She graduated from the University of Alabama in May with a degree in Marketing and News Media. While at Alabama, she played on the club volleyball team for four years. During her time on the team, they went to the NCVF tournament twice and placed in the top five both times. Jenna grew up in Monument, Colorado where she played club for Colorado Classix and Rocky Select. While she played 17’s at Rocky Select, her team secured a USA bid to USAV Junior Nationals and had multiple top five finishes at qualifiers. Her senior year of high school, Jenna finished top-10 in the state in both kills and aces, earning her a place on the all-state team. During Jenna’s senior year at the University of Alabama, she was the head coach of a 16’s team at NetForce Volleyball Academy. 

In August, she graduated with her Masters in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. She now does marketing for the Military Bowl.


Aubrey Mohler - 15 Travel Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Aubrey Mohler - 15 Travel Head Coach - 2023

"Each season brings new excitement as our club continues to be recognized nationally. I look forward to working with the next group of athletes and help guide and development them along their volleyball journey."

Aubrey Mohler enters her thirteenth year of coaching with Metro Volleyball Club; her 10th season with 15 Travel.  For the past 9 seasons (2014-2022), Metro 15 Travel has secured a bid to Nationals; with 4 seasons having secured an Open Bid to Nationals.  The 2020-2021 season was a historic run for 15 Travel representing Metro & the CHRVA region by finishing 13th in the Nation- the highest finish by any Metro 15s & CHRVA 15s team at Nationals.  We were also the first 15s team to medal at a MAPL in the Black Division (16s-18s) finishing 2nd – losing to our 17 Travel team in the finals.  15 Travel has also been the reigning CHRVA 15 Open Regional Champions for five seasons (2017-2021) – and have finished the seasons ranked 26th(2017), 34th(2018), 30th(2019) and 13th (2021) out of thousands of 15s teams across the nation. 

Aubrey first began her volleyball career in 7th grade while living in Texas. She continued her volleyball career into high school at Middletown (1998-2002) where she helped guide her team to the school's first Frederick County Volleyball Championship. She played club volleyball for FAVOR (2000-2002) - now known as FVBC.

Aubrey went on to play Division II volleyball for Shepherd University as a middle hitter (2002-2005).  At Shepherd, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Recreation & Leisure, with a double concentration in Sports & Event Management and Commercial, Recreation & Tourism.  

Aubrey in addition to coaching for Metro coached 7 years at Middletown High School (MD, 2009-2015) where she has ushered many of her players into positions on various college volleyball teams. From 2016-2017 she served as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the University of Maryland’s Volleyball Program (Big Ten Conference). Currently Aubrey resides in Frederick, MD with her husband and daughter and works for a pediatric therapy center.

Brandon Wiest - 15 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Brandon Wiest - 15 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023
"I am extremely excited to continue working with some of the most passionate, hard-working, and talented coaches and athletes on the East coast!"
 
 

Brandon is in his 2nd season of coaching with Metro. He is the head coach of the women's varsity volleyball team at Georgetown Day School, where the Mighty Grasshoppers have reached the final four of the DC State Tournament in each year since his taking over the program in 2015 and, in the 2021 season, being ranked the #1 team in the state and #8 team in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US by USA Today and the AVCA. Following the 2021 season, Brandon was also named High School Coach of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region by the AVCA. Brandon has coached club volleyball in the CHRVA region for seven years, qualifying teams for USAV Nationals and sending former players to play at the Division I, II, and III level and with the USA Youth A1 National Training Team.

In August 2019, Brandon shadowed UNC head coach Joe Sagula and his staff as the Tar Heels kicked off their 2019 season, being fully immersed in the planning and execution of practices and film review sessions throughout the preseason. He was fortunate to repeat this experience with the University of Maryland coaching staff and team during their 2022 preseason. Brandon has coached for several years at the UNC Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee, and American University volleyball camps. He has attended several Gold Medal Squared and Art of Coaching Volleyball clinics, as well as the AVCA Convention and NCAA Final Four every year since 2017.

Brandon began his volleyball career as a pin hitter at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, PA and continued playing for the men's club team at the University of Delaware as an opposite and setter, reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCVF National Championship in 2011 and 2012. He remains very active in the volleyball community in Washington, DC, regularly playing in both indoor and outdoor USAV A Division leagues and tournaments.

Brandon works as a civil engineer/project manager for Parsons Corporation in Washington, DC on high-speed rail and transit projects and enjoys spending weekends working on his family's organic farm in Southeastern PA


Jerry Burge - 14 Travel Head Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Jerry Burge - 14 Travel 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.

Harrison Griffin - 14 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

Metro VBC Harrison Griffin - 14 Travel Assistant Coach - 2023

"I am excited to be returning to be with 14 Travel this season! The 14’s age group is a milestone year for players development and I can’t wait to see where this team goes this season."

 

Harrison is returning for his second season coaching at Metro and is excited to be with the 14 Travel squad again. Harrison was the head coach for 14 Central and assistant coach for 14 Travel last season.

He is currently the Student Assistant Coach at American University Women’s Volleyball. Little 7th grade Harrison started playing volleyball at OCVC in Southern California. After that first season, he became captain and setter of his 14-1’s team and then led the team to win a bronze medal at the 2015 Boys USAV Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, while also earning All-Tournament team. He then went on to compete at 949 Volleyball Club as an opposite/setter. Harrison’s 15-1’s year he earned a bronze medal at the 2016 SCVA Boys Holiday Classic and a silver medal at the 2016 SCVA Boys Invitational, securing a bid to the Open Division of the Junior Nationals in Dallas, Texas. Harrison set his 15-1 and 16-1 teams to a top 5 finish in the USAV Junior Nationals open division each year. In his junior year of high school, he was among the top 80 players in the country to be invited to train with the top college and USAV coaches at the 2017 USAV Boys High-Performance Holiday Training program in Poway, California. Following that year, Harrison competed on Southern California Youth National Team (SCVA) competing at the 2018 USAV High-Performance Championships, earning a silver medal. In his senior year, Harrison received a Div I offer to set in college, but decided to take a different route.

He is entering his senior year at American University where he is studying Business Administration and Marketing. 


Candace Novoselnik- 13 Travel Head Coach 2023

Candace Novoselnik- 13 Travel Head Coach 2023

"I'm thrilled to be back another season working with the Metro community and all the talent and love for volleyball it brings. During one season, the growth of these young athletes is astounding,and it brings me much joy to be a part of this stellar club!"

 

Candace Novoselnik returns this season as the 13 Travel Head Coach for her 3rd year with Metro VBC. In 2022, the 13 Travel team earned a National bid to Minneapolis and placed 27th. While during the 2021 season, the team finished their season with a record of 48-17 after winning the Silver bracket of the 13 National Division at the 2021 GJNC. Their 9th place at Nationals is the highest season finish of any 13 Travel team in club history. The team had 4 tournament wins, including the CHRVA 13 Open Championship, a 2nd, and two 3rd place finishes against 13 and 14s teams.

She coached at Sidwell Friends School for eight years as a Volleyball, Track & Field Coach, and PE Teacher. She led the program to a 2014 AA ISL Division Championship for more than 15 years, and Sidwell was runner-up in the DC State Championships the same year she was awarded DCSAA Coach of the Year in 2018.

Before her coaching career, Novoselnik played volleyball professionally for 11 seasons and was a member of the USA Women's National Team, including pipeline teams Youth, Junior, and A2 National Teams. She was a setter in the 2002 World Grand Prix team. Throughout her career, Novoselnik played in countries such as Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey, Indonesia, France, and Italy. She was voted Best Setter in France in 2010 and as well as was one of the top servers in the league (Ligue AF). While in Germany, her team won the 2007 DVV Cup Final (Deutsche Bundesliga) and finished top 4 in Italy's league (Serie A1).

After finishing her professional career, Novoselnik began coaching in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with UOK Vital volleyball club. She worked with 13-14 year old's and guided them to an 11-1 record her first season. 

Novoselnik (then McNamee) played NCAA volleyball as a Setter and Right Side hitter and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American Studies. Made the Pac-10 All-Academic Team and broke Cal hitting percentage record with a .971 hitting percentage (11 kills, no errors, 12 attempts). 

Candace currently lives in Olney, MD, with her husband, Damjan, and their three young children, Ella, Urban, and Vida.

Zoe Huang- 13 Travel Assistant Coach 2023

“As a former Metro player I have had an amazing experience both on and off the court. I learned how to be competitive but also how to be a good person and teammate. I’m honored to be able to come back, spread the love, and grow the Metro family. I’m super excited to help coach 13’s this season, METRO YOU KNOW!!!”

Zoe enters her second year coaching at Metro after working as an assistant coach on Metro 14 east and helping out with 13 and 14 travel. 

From Northern Virginia, Zoe started her club career with Metro at 14 travel until her 18’s year. Qualifying for open nationals every year except for her 17’s year due to COVID, her team finished as high as 13th in the open division.

In high school, Zoe went to Robinson Secondary School where she received various conference honors before transferring. At Flint Hill High School, the huskies won the 2019 Virginia State Championships. During that year, Zoe received various all-met and conference awards.

Zoe is now a part of the volleyball team at the University of Maryland playing in the Big 10. She is a setter and is planning to study business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.