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One of the finest coaches in the nation, Barry Goldberg is in his 24th season as the head coach of the American University volleyball program with a record of (568 and 214). Responsible for the dramatic rise of the program, he has established the team as a domineering power in the Patriot League. On September 12th, 2009, Goldberg became the 25th active coach and 43rd all time to reach the 500 win milestone. He has amassed a 147-7 Patriot League record over the past eleven seasons, earning 12 NCAA Tournament berths in the last 15 years. Goldberg’s squad has captured 13 of the past 15 conference titles.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Goldberg is a 1984 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in communication and rhetoric. He went on to receive his master's in Counseling Education in 1986 from Pittsburgh. A standout on the court, Goldberg was captain of the men's varsity volleyball team at Pittsburgh that finished with a national ranking of 13 th in 1983. From 1985-86, Goldberg was the assistant women's volleyball coach for his alma mater. In 1987, he came to Washington, DC as the coach of the Capital Volleyball Club where all of the players he coached secured scholarships at Division I institutions. In 1988, before being hired at American, Goldberg was the assistant coach at Georgetown University.
In 12 seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association, before AU joined the Patriot League, Goldberg coached 36 players to All-CAA teams, including 20 All-CAA First Team selections, two CAA Championships MVP accolades, and a CAA Rookie of the Year winner. Goldberg has also coached three GTE/Academic All-Americans and three American University Student-Athletes of the Year. Five of his student-athletes have been named Verizon District II Academic All-Americans. He has produced 31 All-Patriot League selections in seven years and six Patriot League Volleyball Player of the Year recipients.
In the fall of 2002, Goldberg became Director of Metro American VBC. Under his direction, MAVBC has grown from 5 teams in Washington, DC, to over 20 teams in the metropolitan area.
Along the way to the top, Goldberg has worked with several prestigious volleyball camps and committees. In 1997, for example, he was the United States representative, along with the Tampa Bay Juniors Volleyball Club, at a four-nation international camp in Europe. Elite junior national teams from Switzerland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic hosted the camp. During his summers, Goldberg conducts individual and team volleyball camps at AU and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has also held seminars in the National Mizuno Coaching Clinic Series. Goldberg now serves as a voting member of the national AVCA/USA Today Top-25 Coaches Poll and is also a voting member of the All-American committee. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Arielle (22), who played volleyball at the University of the Pacific; son, Jared(20), who plays volleyball at Grand Canyon University and son, Mitchell (17).
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Bonnie Goldberg has been a part of MAVBC since 2003. She has coached the 14’s team in the past and is currently the Associate Director for MAVBC. Bonnie also has plenty of experience coaching other teams including: as a Player/Coach in Kussnacht Volleyball Club in Switzerland (1987-1988), Assistant Coach for Georgetown University (1988-1989), Assistant Coach for American University (1989-1992), and is also currently the Associate Director of American Volleyball Camps and one of the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic Directors.
Bonnie began her volleyball career at Northeastern Clinton High School (1978-1981) in Champlain, New York where she was a 4 year varsity player for volleyball, basketball and softball.
She then continued on to play for American University (1981) and Eastern Michigan University (1982-1986) where she was team captain and also Mid American All Conference player. She was also a professional player for Kussnacht Volleyball Club in Kussnacht, Switzerland. She earned her a BS in Physical Education and a BS in Psychology and also went on to earn an MS in Health Fitness Management from American University.
Bonnie is married to Barry and has one daughter, Arielle (22), who played volleyball at the University of the Pacific; son, Jared(20), who plays volleyball at Grand Canyon University and son, Mitchell (17).
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Mike Petock has been with Metro American Volleyball Club since 2007. He has coached with our 17 Travel team and our 18 South team. Over the past 4 seasons Mike has taken over the role as the Southern Region Director. We at MAVBC are very excited about the progress and success the Southern Region has shown in that time.
Outside of MAVBC, Mike has an impressive list of coaching and overall volleyball experience. Currently, he is a high school volleyball referee for the Quantico Volleyball Officials Association in Northern Virginia. Mike successfully completed a 3-year run as the head coach of Episcopal High School in 2010. Prior to that, he was also an Assistant Coach at American University, a Head Coach with Clash Volleyball Club, and a Head Coach at Woodbridge Senior High School. In 2001/2002, Mike was also one of two head coaches for a DC Pro Women’s Volleyball Tour.
Mike began his volleyball career at Kenmore West Senior High School in New York. During that time, Mike was also an outside hitter for the Western NY high school All-Star team that competed and won the Empire State Games Gold Medal. He then went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Volleyball team. He was a setter and an outside hitter for the team, of which he captained, that reached a National Top 20 Ranking.
Coach Silvia Johnson
Silvia Johnson is in her second year as the “Director of Coaches” for the 2012-2013 club season. Silvia has consistently led her teams to the USAV National Championships in her past 7 years at Metro American, including a first ever 18’s Open Bid in the Chesapeake Region two seasons ago.
Johnson’s collegiate career began in Southern California where she was a member of the 1998 NCAA Championship Long Beach State team that went undefeated. She continued her career at American University where she led two Colonial Athletic Championships (CAA) teams, was named MVP in 1999, and is the current career leader at AU for assists per game. After graduating as a Scholar-Athlete at American, Silvia was Assistant Coach under Head Coach Barry Goldberg for four seasons.
“Silvia’s passion and knowledge of the game is evident to everyone that plays for her and coaches against her,” stated Associate Director Bonnie Goldberg. “We are confident that while Silvia continues as our 18-1 Head Travel Coach, she is also the person to recruit, mentor, and lead the 2012-13 Metro American Coaching staff to greatness in the Chesapeake Region.”
"I'm thrilled to take on the responsibilities as Director of Coaches at Metro American VBC," commented Johnson. "My passion is to teach and train young girls in the sport of volleyball and to work with others who share my passion. The sport of volleyball continues to grow in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and I welcome the opportunity to lead coaches in the training of young, female athletes."
If you are interested in becoming a coach in either our Regional or Travel program at Metro American, please contact Silvia directly at email@example.com or call her at 301-523-6568.
We are pleased to announce Sarah Bernson will serve as the Metro American VBC recruiting coordinator this club season. Sarah will work specifically with members of Metro American’s 16Travel, 17Travel and 18Travel team members to navigate the collegiate recruiting process.
During the club season Sarah will offer seminars to cover the recruiting process, rules, and how to communicate with university programs. For those players receiving a high level of recruitment, Sarah will assist in coordinating recruiting efforts and the navigation of making a college commitment. To start off the club season a recruiting profile template will be available to our 16, 17, & 18 Travel program members. This template will provide an opportunity for Metro players to provide their athletic and academic information in a concise format geared towards college programs. Players will be encouraged to send these forms to schools they are interested in and travel coaches will also be able to provide them to college coaches at tournaments.
With over 12 years of Division I coaching experience in the Ivy League, Sarah is currently the assistant volleyball coach at American University. Please welcome Sarah to Metro American VBC as our 15Travel head coach and recruiting coordinator!