Our technical and coaching staff boasts over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. We utilize a proven Master Coaching System that not only focuses on specific volleyball skills development, but also emphasizes and teaches our athletes the importance of overall conditioning and fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
Our Technical Director, Joe Bonner, a former Division I Volleyball Coach and recruiter, implements techniques and training strategies utilized by the U.S. National Team, Division 1 programs and top club teams, ensuring a strong fundamental foundation that allows our athletes to excel in competitive tournaments as well as at the high school and collegiate level.
Coach Joe is our Technical Director and Recruitment Coordinator. He truly believes in our Master Coaching system and its importance to not only individual players, but the entire club. His volleyball career began at Frostburg State University, where he competed in two nationals tournaments and he then went on to play USAV. His coaching career started at Southern Maryland Juniors and Calvert High School.
In 2000, Bonner started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University, where he helped the team to three straight conference championships and four straight NCAA appearances. Bonner then traveled to the University of Dayton where, during his first year, they won their first Conference Tournament and upset Michigan State to advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. During his second year, he led them back to the NCAA's with an early exit against Ohio State. While at Robert Morris and the University of Dayton, Bonner trained multiple All American and All Conference players. He coached the Men's Club Volleyball team to two national tournaments. Prior to leaving the University of Dayton, he led them to a preseason #1 ranking in the country and was selected Regional Coach of the Year. Bonner took over the helm at Youngstown State University for 5 years prior to returning to Maryland with his wife, Kelly. Bonner spent 3 years as the Director of Operations for the University of Maryland Women’s Volleyball program. Joe holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
“Coach Joe believes it is an exciting time for SRVC! A number of players from our teams have committed to play at the collegiate level . Many of our players’ high school teams have played in the MPSSAA and IAAM State High School Championships. We have several players who have been selected to participate on USAV High Performance teams during the summer and our teams continue to win several tournaments each year in CHRVA and multi day tournaments outside the region.”
Coach Jodi is the current Director of SRVC and has coached with the club since its inception in 2012. During that time Jodi has coached 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U teams. She also coached with our beach program.
She was a scholarship athlete at Division 1 University of Idaho and continued to play USAV for 20 years. She was a 2-time MVP while playing USAV. While playing at Northport High school in Washington State, Coach Jodi was honored with membership on the All-Conference team all four years and named Conference Player of the Year in 1988. She began her coaching career at University of Idaho while supporting volleyball camps each summer all over the northwest and went on to Coach Junior College for 2 years.
Jodi is a former beach and grass doubles player, playing for 15 years at the open level in local and national tournaments. More recently, Jodi was the volleyball commissioner with Crofton Athletic Council for five years where she coached 10u, 12u and 14u age groups, growing the program 300% during that time.
Jodi holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Jodi on why she loves coaching: “The moment I see a player finally understand how to perform a skill and the corresponding pride they feel within themselves when they perform it during a match is so exciting. I also delight in the joy that lights their faces when they play as a team and are rewarded with high-fives and hopefully a win. However, the greatest reward to me as a coach is seeing those players several years later and hearing how the lessons they learned from their time with our program have helped them grow in other areas of their life.”
Coach Britny begins her third season coaching with SRVC and will take over the strength and conditioning for the Club, having received her Certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She joined SRVC with years of coaching experience at Calvert High School and Southern Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club. Volleyball has become a lifelong sport for her; starting at the age of two she was on the sidelines watching her sisters play. Britny played competitively for 12 years, including five years of USAV with SMJs, and four years at Northern High School. Her senior year of high school she was named All County and All Conference. Britny holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Kelly has been coaching for SRVC since 2011. As Head Coach of our 18’s and 17’s Open Team, she has led Team Storm to multiple championships in CHRVA as well as tournaments outside the Region. In 2016 Team Storm finished third at NEQs. Not only is Coach Kelly well respected by fellow SRVC coaches, she has established herself as a positive resource for our student-athletes who often seek her advice on and off the volleyball court. Coach Kelly started her playing career at Northern High School, where her team won three Southern MD Athletic Conference Titles, two Maryland State Titles and she was named 1st Team All Calvert County and Honorable Mention All-Met in 1995. Coach Kelly continued her career on a volleyball scholarship at Mars Hill University in Asheville, NC, winning the South Atlantic Conference regular season conference and tournament titles in 1998. She also played seven years of USAV for Southern Maryland Juniors. After graduating from college Coach Kelly was named the Head Coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2001 where she coached for three seasons. Coach Kelly is IMPACT and SafeSport certified and, in addition to her tenure at SRVC, she has also coached Southern Maryland Juniors 17’s and 18’s as well as Dayton Juniors 14’s and 15’s.
Coach Kiana has coached with SRVC since 2014. She recently finished her college career setting for two years at Salisbury University. She was also the starting setter for two years at the College of Southern Maryland. Prior to college, she capped off a stellar high school career by helping her team win the 2015 state championship. She was named SMAC Setter of the year for 2015. Coach Kiana has played volleyball since 2009, including three years with SRVC. She is a valuable part of our coaching staff since she is intimately familiar with our coaching system. We are excited that she is giving back to the sport and to our program. Kiana holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Kait has coached club for 14 years. During that time she has assisted many players with pursuing their goals to play at the collegiate level. Coach Kait played for four years as a Middle Hitter for Calvert High School, earning a scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was a four year starter and was awarded Conference Rookie of the Year and named to the All Conference team each season from 2002 through 2005. In 2005, she was named to the Daktronics Great Lakes Region 2nd Team. In Coach Kait’s opinion, the excitement of her playing career pales in comparison to the excitement she has experienced coaching through the years. Kait holds Impact and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Kevin began playing volleyball in recreational leagues in high school. He played two years of Division1 volleyball at Bryant College as a defensive specialist. After college he played for several adult teams in CHVRA/USAV and other competitive coed and men’s teams both on the court and on the beach. Coach Kevin has been a head coach for the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council since 2014 where he has coached both his daughter and son’s teams. His teams won three league championships, including an undefeated season in 2019.
"As a coach, I believe in creating a positive and fun atmosphere where players can grow individually and as a team throughout the season. Besides the technical skills, it is very important to me to teach them to be fair, courteous, and respectful teammates."
Coach Andres brings decades of combined experience as a player, player-coach, referee/official, and juniors coach. He played Volleyball at the University of Maryland and with several adult teams in CHVRA/USAV for 20 years. Coach Andres officiated as a USAV, CHRVA, PAVO and NCAA Division I, II, and III referee as well as scorekeeper for over 10 years. While his “bum knees” retired him from competitive travel teams, Coach Andres continues to play in local tournaments and leagues. SInce 2005, he has run the Crownsville Adult Sand Volleyball Recreational leagues each summer. Coach Andres has coached for local junior club teams since 2011, and joined SRVC in 2013. Coach Andres has coached with our beach program, and has been head coach of our 16U, 17U, and 14U teams over his years at SRVC. In addition to his officiating certifications, Andres holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certifications.
As a coach, Andres believes in developing in his players both the technical skills/strategy aspects of the game AND positive interpersonal relationships which go far beyond the court. “ I believe in a whole team concept – a balance of competition, teamwork, unit cohesion and having a great time. It’s club, team, and the individual – this is what the SRVC family is all about!”
Coach Shannon began her volleyball career at Severna Park High School where she helped her team reach the State tournament for three consecutive years, winning the State Championship in 2014. She also played club volleyball for four years. Coach Shannon continued her love for the game at Gettysburg College as the starting middle from 2016 through 2020. She brings her passion and desire of giving back to the game to help develop the players confidence, competence and community on and off the court. Shannon hold both IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Steave Habbert begins his first year of coaching with SRVC, after nine consecutive years of coaching volleyball (including at other regional clubs) and over 25 years of coaching a range of sports including football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball and volleyball. He has coached players as young as eight to those of us old enough to recall watching movies on VHS. Coach Steave works with area high school volleyball teams - in the past couple of years he has helped two schools on their journey to the Maryland State Championship Semi-Finals and Finals. He is thrilled for the opportunity to grow and develop his skill set with SRVC, but most importantly looks to continue ensuring that each and every player he coaches maximizes their potential. His leadership style brings energy, excitement, and a demand for excellence of execution to the game. Steave is IMPACT and SafeSport Certified.
Coach Chad has been with SRVC since 2012 and has been an Assistant Coach for our 14U, 15U and 16U teams. His volleyball career began in junior high school on the beaches of New Jersey and he played throughout college as a setter on UMBC’s Club Team. He began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach for the Johns Hopkins University women’s team, where he was named Head Coach in his second season. Coach Chad has also worked to support various volleyball camps and clinics at SRVC and has coached for the Crofton Athletic Council. He is IMPACT and SafeSport Certified.
"I believe in the skills development system that SRVC established and enjoy seeing the successes of every team in the program. Each year we see improvement in individual players and watch teams grow to become a close group of friends with wonderful support from their family and friends.”
Coach Erin began playing volleyball in 1994 for her middle school team where she fell in love with the sport. She continued playing in high school, where she was a highly accomplished player, receiving 1st Team All-Met, All County, and All SMAC. She also received the 97-98 "Who’s Who Sports National All Stars". She also played club for 3 years, earning a scholarship at Division I UNC Wilmington where she ranks 14th in kill and 3rd for most matches played in the history of their program. Coach Erin was an assistant coach at Calvert High School from 2002-2005, winning a state Championship in 2003. In 2012, Coach Erin was inducted into the Calvert High School Hall of Fame.She has been coaching club volleyball teams for several years, and is excited to join SRVC.
Coach Shawn began his volleyball career at a young age and eventually played competitive club level volleyball through his college years competing in national level tournaments. Coach Shawn is a father of two girls and is an advocate of a healthy lifestyle and participates in Cross fit \ cycling. Coach Shawn works to instill his love of sport and fitness into developing athletes as he understands their importance. After a hiatus from the sport he became IMPACT, SafeSport and CAP certified and started coaching for the Crofton Athletic council and now we are excited he has joined the SRVC family.
Coach Shawn enjoys coaching with SRVC because he believes “SRVC establishes an environment that supports positive learning while developing the skills of all athletes. The camaraderie, passion, discipline and athleticism required to be successful are my core values and are part of the coaching process.”
Coach Carlos started playing volleyball in Puerto Rico 30 years ago and he brings a wide range of experiences that began when he played for his Middle School and High School Varsity Volleyball Teams. Coach Carlos has played in various competitive and recreational leagues since coming to the United States, and he is IMPACT and SafeSport certified. Coach Carlos has a passion for coaching and we are delighted to have him as part of our SRVC family.
Coach Emma's passion for volleyball began in 2011. She played for several clubs in the region, including SRVC, and for her local high school team. Coach Emma attended Salisbury University where she participated in both Club and Intramural volleyball. She started coaching club volleyball at 18 and continued to coach throughout her college years with the Kent Island Volleyball Club and Dynamic Volleyball Club. Coach Emma enjoys sharing her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge for the sport with her players. Playing club volleyball was one of the greatest experiences in her life. Coach Emma wants to share all of the opportunities that the sport has to offer with her players.
Coach Tuan brings a wealth of experience to SRVC for both Indoor and Outdoor Volleyball. Coach Tuan's love for the game dates back to the early 80's where he started playing in middle school, throughout High School, then throughout his 24 years while serving in the military. He retired from the military in 2009 and began coaching for the Crofton Athletic Counsel in 2010. In 2012 he had his first Club coaching experience with Kinetic Volleyball Club. Coach Tuan also coached at Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club for five years, coaching players from 15Us through 17Us. In addition to coaching at the club level Coach Tuan is also a High School Volleyball Coach. In 2012 he began as the Junior Varsity coach at Archbishop Spalding High until 2014, when he was promoted to Varsity Head Coach. In 2016 Coach Tuan accepted the Varsity Head Coach position at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD, leading them to the IAAM Championship in 2017. SRVC is delighted that Coach Tuan is a part of the SRVC family. Tuan holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Alicia's volleyball career began at Patuxent High School where she played for several years, in addition to two years of playing club. She began her coaching career with Patuxent's Junior Varsity team in 2005. She has since coached many age groups for various clubs in the region - Coach Alicia will celebrate coaching her tenth season of coaching club volleyball this season! Coach Alicia's focus is developing the strong fundamental skills that are required to be successful in the sport. Coach Alicia holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certifications.
While this is his first year coaching for SRVC, Coach Eric isn’t new to our club. He has been with us at our annual tryouts for many years evaluating players!
Coach Eric began coaching at McDonogh School in 1998 as the Varsity Assistant Coach where they went on to win three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He has also served as head coach of two USAV women’s teams. Coach Eric played more than ten seasons as Libero and Opposite for several USAV teams in the region, as well as countless grass and beach doubles tournaments. Coach Eric is both IMPACT and SafeSport certified and is excited to join our club.
Coach Eric is also an avid pool player who has shot in the APA National Team Championships five times, bringing a multifaceted perspective on competition. He believes there’s no challenge that’s too big when you do the work to prepare!
Coach Brighde began playing volleyball 8 years ago. She played her last two high school years at South River High School and two years with SRVC. Coach Brighde began coaching for SRVC in 2017. At the same time, she became the JV Coach at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. During the 2019 season, she was also an assistant coach to the varsity team at St. Mary's, as they won their first IAAM B Conference State Championship title. She has cherished her experiences with SRVC with teaching the younger players in the club as well as camps and clinics. Brighde holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Hannah's volleyball career started at Severna Park High School, where she played all four years and helped her team win the State Championships her senior year. Coach Hannah also played four years of club volleyball and went to the Girls Junior National Championships twice. In college, she was captain and starting middle hitter for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women’s varsity team. Coach Hannah has been involved with SRVC since 2016, and she enjoys teaching young players the fundamentals of volleyball so they can learn to love the game as much as she does. Coach Hannah holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Caitlyn loves coaching younger players who are new to the game. She enjoys helping them grow and develop throughout the season. Her focus on the basics helps her players appreciate and enjoy the game. Coach Caitlyn played 6 years for SRVC, and during her 15U season was awarded Best Server at Capitol Hill Classic. She is currently playing at Shenandoah University. Coach Caitlyn coached a 14U team with Crofton Athletic Association and was an assistant coach for our 12U Hurricanes. Caitlyn holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Kevin has been an SRVC coach since the club’s inception. As Head Coach of our 14 and 15 teams in 2013 and 2014, Coach Kevin led his teams to 3 CHRVA tournament wins. He grew up playing competitive baseball and soccer, but discovered his passion for volleyball while at University of Maryland where he played in intramural leagues. He has continued playing in competitive adult leagues in this area and rarely misses a summer weekend playing 2’s, 3’s or 4’s on the beach. Kevin started coaching as an opportunity to help his niece’s Club Volleyball team in Southern Maryland. He is IMPACT and SafeSport certified and enjoys helping his players experience “lightbulb moments”, when they master a new skill and are able to reach the next level in their game.
Coach Bekah is the Varsity Head Coach at St. Mary’s High School. In only her second year at St. Mary’s, Coach Bekah led the Saints to their first ever Championship appearance in 2016. Coach Bekah’s love for the game extends beyond St. Mary’s High School. She devoted her offseason time as an assistant coach with the Southern Maryland Juniors girls 14s and 18s teams for three years. Bekah holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Alicia played four years for Arundel High school. She began coaching in college and played in a women’s league at the Volleyball House in Eldridge, MD. She was the JV head coach for Northeast High School for 2 years and spent 1 year as varsity assistant. She was the JV head coach for 2 years at Annapolis Area Christian School and was also an Annapolis Area Christian Varsity Assistant. Alicia holds IMPACT and SafeSport coaching certificates.
Coach Wendy began her volleyball career at Albemarle High School in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. She continued her career as a dual athlete, playing both both volleyball and tennis for Barton College in North Carolina. Wendy's love of athletics led to her coaching many youth sports over the past 20 years - not just volleyball, but tennis, basketball, and soccer. She eventually settled into coaching volleyball in the roles of both assistant and head coach for 13U and up with other CHRVA clubs. Coach Wendy found a home with SRVC in 2017 as an assistant coach for both the 16U and 17U teams. Coach Wendy holds a CAP I certification, and is IMPACT and SafeSport Certified.
Coach John began playing volleyball in Civil Air Patrol’s National Cadet Competition on the New Jersey Wing Dragon Drill Team, winning National Championships 3 out of 4 years. He also participated in many beach tournaments in the Jersey Shore Volleyball Association at the AA-level. Coach John walked on and competed at the collegiate level on the New Jersey Institute of Technology Volleyball Team in Newark, New Jersey. Upon entering the US Air Force, he continued to compete on base teams playing in tournaments throughout his career in Nebraska, South Korea, the Washington DC area, North Dakota, and Germany. After moving to Maryland, Coach John was an assistant coach for 4 seasons, then a head coach for 5 seasons in the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council with his last season achieving a perfect record 21/O sets. He continues to play in coed and men’s leagues at the Elkridge Volleyball House and at the Maryland Juniors Sports Complex.
Coach John says that he "loves competing and coaching volleyball because it’s a fun sport! Additionally, there are numerous physical and mental benefits that playing sports brings. Competitive volleyball brings out the best in individuals and teams helping athletes achieve the best version of themselves. There are also so many leadership, character and life lessons that can be learned from competing and working as a team."
Coach Ernie is the Principal Founder of South River Volleyball Club and his vision for SRVC continues to grow. He has worked to create our Beach Volleyball Program and our College Recruiting Program, incorporated strength, conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology education into our training program, and is committed to maintaining a family oriented environment and consistent, affordable tuition. Coach Ernie stepped down from SRVC on July 1, 2020. Read his goodbye letter here: Ernie's Goodbye Letter
Ernie is an all-around athlete, who played Division II football at East Stroudsburg University. He was a member of the 1982 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champions that were honored with the Lambert Plaque as the top Division II team in the East and the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Team of the Year. He personally earned Academic All-American 1st Team, All-American 2nd Team, All-ECAC Team and PSAC 1st Team honors. He also had a tryout for the NFL with the Cleveland Browns in 1985. Ernie plays competitive volleyball with adult teams in CHRVA. He is working with other area clubs to grow the Juniors Beach Program to be competitive at the national level. He worked with the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation & Parks in 2009 to start the youth recreational volleyball program in Anne Arundel County and launched the Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) volleyball program in 2006. Both programs have been growing steadily. Coach Ernie is IMPACT, SafeSport and BCAP certified.