2020 LIBERTY COACHING STAFF

National Level Coaches

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Meagan Graff
Board Member
18 Head Coach

Meagan has been in involved in volleyball since high school where she played volleyball for North Hagerstown High School and club volleyball for FCA. Meagan has coached for other local clubs for several years. For the 2016 & 2017 Meagan served as the Head Coach for Hancock High School. The 2017 season was the first winning season for Hancock in over 8 years with an overall Record of 18-12. Meagan has multiple has attended multiple coaching clinics such as University of Maryland Coaching Clinic, Art of Coaching Volleyball, American University Coaching Clinic  and Gold Medal Square. Meagan is also CAP I and CAP II certified. In 2006 she also served as a sports ambassador in Holland. Most recently for the 2019 season, Meagan accepted the Varsity Head Coach position at St. John's in Frederick MD.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U15 Select Assistant Coach: Team finished 8th out of 119 teams regionally and 531 out of 3745 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to AAU, played in the Club division within the AAU National Tournament finishing with a 6-4 record.

*Liberty 2019/2020 17/18 Open Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 5% Nationally

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Courtney Hutchinson
18's Assistant Coach

Courtney loves volleyball and is excited about coaching with Liberty Elite. Courtney played volleyball in High School and then went on to play all four years at Hood College as a middle blocker. While at Hood, she placed within the top ten for attack percentage (9th) and blocking (4th). For the 2019 season, she accepted the assistant varsity coaching position at St. John's in Frederick MD. Outside of volleyball she teaches special education at Monocacy middle school. She loves teaching and feels blessed that she is able to influence the lives of today's youth.

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence" - Vince Lombardi

*Liberty 2019/2020 17/18 Open  Assistant Coach: Team ended in March ranked 5% Nationally

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Taylor Belella
17 National Head Coach

Taylor has been coaching club for eight years at the 17/18s level and has been coaching at the high school level for five years. Her first coaching assignment was with Potomac Elite’s 17s team during her freshmen year of college. Taylor then coached with WACO and coached the 17/18s team there until 2020. Upon graduating from college, Taylor was the junior varsity coach for two years with Smithsburg High School, before taking the head varsity job at South Hagerstown High School, which she remains today.

 

She started playing volleyball when she was young through attendance at Mid-Maryland Sports Camps and various youth leagues in both Virginia and then in Maryland. She was a multi-sport athlete all throughout her childhood and high school career. Taylor was a two time volleyball state champion with Smithsburg High School (2009 and 2010) where her team was undefeated for both her junior and senior season. Additionally, she was a part of the Smithsburg varsity girls basketball team that was state runner-up her junior year. Taylor graduated from Smithsburg in 2011 and continued her career at Shepherd University on a scholarship. There she was a member of the team all four years, and a captain her senior year.

 

Taylor’s passion for coaching comes from a long lineage of coaches in her family. Sports and the desire to help grow the game has and always will be a big part of her life.

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Morgan McIntire

Board Member

17 National Assistant Coach

Morgan has been coaching at the high school level for eight years. She first started her coaching career with WACO back in 2011 for the 16U team. Morgan then went to New Life Christian Academy in Frederick for a total of seven years. She took the Rams to two conference titles and one state title. Morgan and her New Life volleyball team attended the KSA volleyball tournament in Disney world three times, where they placed each year.

In addition to Morgans’ coaching career, she played volleyball competitively for a little over nine years. She is a 2009 graduate of Heritage Academy, where Morgan has set multiple sport records. Their volleyball team went to the conference championship two out of her four years playing, as well as making the state tournament three out of her four years. Placing second in the state her senior year. Morgan made all county volleyball second team, her junior and senior year of high school. Basketball was her main sport in which she played in college at Centenary University in New Jersey. Morgan set county records for scoring and assists and was also Co-Player of the Year in 2009. Morgan now works as the office assistant/head of marketing for Beaver Creek Storage and Moving. Since the 2018 season Morgan acts as a volunteer volleyball coach for both varsity and JV at South Hagerstown High School.

“There is no greater feeling in the world than being a coach. Inspiring young female athletes to be the best they possibly can be on and off the court is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Knowing I had a part of their growing up and becoming the amazing kids they are.”

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U15 Select Head Coach: Team finished 8th out of 119 teams regionally and 531 out of 3745 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to AAU, played in the AAU National Tournament within the Club division, finishing with a 6-4 record.

*Liberty 2019/2020 16 Open  Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 36% Nationally

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Terri Pryor

Club Director, Board Member

16 National Head Coach

Terri started coaching volleyball in Wisconsin in 1993.  She started playing in 7th grade, played Junior Olympics in High School, and then received a full scholarship to play DII in Wisconsin where she acquired both DI and DII playing experience as a middle/right side hitter. During college she started coaching girls club for Milwaukee Sting. She earned her degree in Sports Management, after college she was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Ordinance Officer in Ft. Hood Texas. While in the Army, Terri continued to play volleyball and coach within the local communities. After she left the Army she moved to Frederick MD where she continued to play USAV Women's AA/A. Terri also served as the CHRVA Women's AA/A and a Men's BB/B coordinator for several years. She continued to coach both youth and adults through the local clubs, YMCA's, Frederick county's parks and recreation department and the Montgomery county recreation department, coached 1 year at FCC as the assistance coach and then 1 year as head coach. Terri, her husband and 4 school aged children moved to Fairplay MD in 2015, where she coached for the Springfield Middle intramural team and other local club teams.  For the 2018 season, Terri was the JV coach and assistant Varsity coach at Williamsport High School where she coached the JV girls through a winning 13-2 season and assisted with varsity team winning their 2018 2A State Title. For the 2019 Season Terri accepted the position as the Varsity Head coach at St. James. Terri is also a court coach for several USAV High Performance tryouts each year.

*Liberty's 2017/2018 U14 Travel team Head Coach: Team finished 6th out of 110 teams regionally and 459 out of 3723 teams nationally. The 14U Travel team also played in the AAU National tournament.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U15 Open Head Coach: Team finished 7th out of 119 teams regionally and 162 out of 3745 Teams  15% Nationally. Won a bid to both AAU and USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the National division finishing with a 6-4 record.

*Liberty 2019/2020 16 National Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 11% Nationally

 

LibertyEliteVolleyball@gmail.com; Cell: 301-639-0002

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Lacie Johnson
16 National Assistant Coach

Lacie played volleyball competitively for a little over nine years. She is a 2006 graduate of

Williamsport High School where she was a part of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Maryland 1A State

Championship teams. Lacie went on to play two years of DII volleyball at UNC-Pembroke and

finished her college career at Frostburg State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in

Athletic Training. Along with volleyball, Lacie was a very successful track athlete during her high

school career. She was the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Pole Vault State Champion as well as part of the

2006 1A Maryland State Championship Girls Track and Field Team. Lacie is currently a Math

teacher at North Hagerstown High School. If she is not working, doing school work, or coaching, you can usually find her at Crossfit301Elite.

 

After being an athletic trainer for 9 years, for the 2019 season Lacie accepted the head JV coach at her alma mater, Williamsport High school.  We are very excited for her to join our coaching staff here at Liberty Elite as she has been around and helped us with some of our camps and clinics over the past two years.

*Liberty 2019/2020 16 Open Assistant Coach: Team ended in March ranked 36% Nationally

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Brynne Kirsch
15 National Co-Coach 

Brynne has been coaching all ages for over 7 years. She has experience with players from 7yrs of age to 18yrs of age. Brynne loves working with the youth. She has a passion for being a good role model and helping others succeed. In Liberty’s first year, Brynne head coached the 13U team to 2018 Nationals in Detroit. This was the first time a team from Washington County received an invitation to attend USAV Nationals since before 2012. Brynne continues to emphasize the importance of being a good teammate and working hard in the gym.

 

In addition to her coaching experience, she has competed for over 14 years. In 2012 she graduated from North Hagerstown High School as the school's first Maryland State Champion Setter in history. After bringing home the NHVB state championship, she continued her volleyball career at Elizabethtown College as a setter and a defensive specialist. She graduated from Etown in 2016 with two majors- mechanical engineering and sustainable design engineering, and a minor in architecture. She now designs houses for NVR, Inc. She believes being a student-athlete played a large role in her successes.

*Liberty's 2017/2018 U13 Team Co-Coach: 13U team placed 2 out of 65 teams regionally and 139 out of 2246 nationally. The 13's qualified and won a bid for USAV Nationals  in the American Division. 

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U14 Open Co-Coach: Team finished 4th out of 113 teams regionally and 202 out of 4647 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to both AAU and USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the National division.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U12 Head Coach: Team finished 4th out of 54 teams regionally and 243 out of 2377 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the American division.

*Liberty 2019/2020 13 National Co-Coach: Team ended in March ranked 1% Nationally

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Erika Lawrence

Board Member/Vice President

15 National Co-Coach

Erika has been coaching youth in the Washington County community for over 8 years.  She has coached players of all ages, and levels of development. Growing up, Erika fell in love with the sport when she was just 9 years old.  She began playing in her first year of middle school and hasn't stopped since.  During her years at North Hagerstown High School, she contributed to the first ever State Championship title for girls volleyball in North High history as a defensive specialist.  Erika's knowledge and experience playing in each of the positions on the court, while her expertise is as a defensive specialist and outside hitter. After High school Erika continued her volleyball career as a defensive specialist for Hagerstown Community College, Currently, Erika spends most of her time coaching youth in the community at Liberty, coaching her 8th grade volleyball team at Western Heights Middle School, and playing adult doubles volleyball.

"Volleyball has changed my life in so many ways, I don't know who I would be today with out the sport.  Touching the lives of our youth through my favorite sport has always been a dream of mine."

*Liberty's 2017/2018 U13 Team Co-Coach: 13U team placed 2 out of 65 teams regionally and 139 out of 2246 nationally. The 13's qualified and won a bid for USAV Nationals  in the American Division.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U14 Open Co-Coach: Team finished 4th out of 113 teams regionally and 202 out of 4647 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to both AAU and USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the National division.

*Liberty 2019/2020 13 National Co-Coach: Team ended in March ranked 1% Nationally

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Josh Briggs
14 National Head Coach

Josh began playing volleyball at the age of 13. His enjoyment of the sport led him to try out for his high school varsity program. He continued to play up through high school, and was introduced to the Great Lakes Volleyball club program in Racine, WI where he had several competitive runs at Junior National Titles. Josh eventually earned a spot on the FAB 50 list of top high school players in the country. He was offered and accepted a scholarship to play for Penn State Division 1 Men’s Volleyball program as a middle hitter. During his tenure with the Men’s program he helped to secure three bids to the NCAA Division 1 Final Four (1997-2002). Josh also played international outdoor volleyball in Italy and Mexico.

 

After graduating Josh went on to teach at Glen Mills School, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He brought his knowledge, training and experiences with him and assumed coaching duties of the high school team for the next 5 years. Josh had two seasons of  successfully training first year players and making two runs at Pennsylvania high school state competitions. This led to recruitment opportunities for two of his players. While coaching, he also helped to build a club program and assist other programs in the area to improve players.

 

Recently, he has coached and supported multiple local programs, and is now looking forward to helping develop young players working to enhance their skills and enjoyment of volleyball in the club environment.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U12 Assistant Coach: Team finished 4th out of 54 teams regionally and 243 out of 2377 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to both AAU and USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the American division.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U17/18 Assistant Coach: Team finished 14th out of 60 teams regionally and 581 out of 2010 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to AAU Nationals and played in the Premier division.

*Liberty 2019/2020 15 National Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 13% Nationally

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Alisa Doolan

Assistant Director /Mental Performance Coach

14 National Assistant Coach

13 National Head Coach

Alisa was born and raised in Montana where she had a very successful high school career in basketball and tennis. She went on. She went on to successfully play college basketball at Black Hills State University in SD where she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Alisa has played a variety of different sports since she was little and enjoys an active lifestyle through multiple recreational sports. Since graduating she has dedicated her time to coaching multiple youth recreational and travel sports. Alisa has also trained young athletes and helped them prepare for their sports season by working on functional movements, strength training and endurance, along with speed and agility. Alisa has been helping with Liberty Clinics for two years,, learning from the best area coaches and college coaches. She was the assistant 12U coach and was instrumental in helping them reach their goal of qualifying for and playing in USAV Nationals. Alisa has most recently been working with Pat Powers during his local clinics. Not only is she learning from the master of volleyball, she has been helping coach those as well.

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U12 Assistant Coach: Team finished 4th out of 54 teams regionally and 243 out of 2377 Teams Nationally. Won a bid to both AAU and USAV Nationals. Played USAV Nationals within the American division.

*Liberty 2019/2020 12 National Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 3% Nationally

OPEN LEVEL Coaches

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Claudia Meyer
17 Open Head Coach 

Claudia played volleyball throughout high school while overseas, where she participated and won several international tournaments competing against other teams in surrounding countries. After graduating, she moved back to the US for college and received a degree in Biology and Health Communication at Juniata College. While at Juniata, she got involved in collegiate athletics and served as a team manager for the women’s volleyball team. She trained and played with players as well as coordinated drills in practice and contributed to game-time decisions. She is currently working for the NIH as a cancer researcher and lives in Frederick, MD with her boyfriend and dog, Mumu. Claudia continues to play recreationally in grass, sand, and indoor adult leagues and tournaments. She has coached 16u for two years at the club level. As a player and coach, she is keen on injury prevention and rehabilitation and instills this mindset in her players. Claudia is excited to join a new club and get to know and learn from her team and colleagues.

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Sarah Husher
17 Open Assistant Coach 

Sara grew up in Winner, South Dakota, and ever since 4th-grade youth basketball, she has continued to be involved in sports. Throughout high school, she participated in basketball and volleyball for four years and club volleyball for three years. In her high school senior season, both her basketball and volleyball teams achieved SD State Championship Runner-up Titles in the 2013-2014 seasons. While assisting her volleyball team to the school’s first-ever runner-up title, Sara also achieved 2013 State A All-Tournament Team and 2013 SD All-State Volleyball 1st Team accolades. After high school, she continued her setting career and education at Dakota Wesleyan University and eventually transitioned into the student coaching position in her final year at DWU.

After graduating from DWU with a B.S. in Biology in 2018, Sara moved to the Frederick, MD area where she has been working towards an MPH degree and has expanded further into the different styles of volleyball (indoor, sand, and grass). Sara assisted with the FVBC 15U volleyball team for the 2018-2019 season, and for 2020, she is now helping coach the St. John’s freshman team in Frederick. She has enjoyed playing in the various volleyball leagues/tournaments in the area and assisting with numerous youth camps throughout the years. Sara hopes to translate her volleyball knowledge as a player into her coaching abilities for team/player development and success. 

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Angel Scheetz
16 Open Head Coach 

Angel has been playing volleyball ever since she was ten years old. When she got into high school, she played for Governor Thomas Johnson High school as a middle, right side, and outside during those four years. She is now playing her junior year season at Hood College as an outside/right side after taking her sophomore year off due to injury. During her year off she took the time to get to know the game more, manage her college team, and would then go on to assist Coach Ed Niko at Frederick Volleyball Club. 

 

"A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new" -Albert Einstein 

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Amanda Gaynor
16 Open Assistantsitant Coach 

Amanda Gaynor has been coaching volleyball going on three years now. She started her volleyball career in the 7th grade playing for Frederick Volleyball Club as a setter. After high school Amanda attended Towson university where she played for Towson's tournament team until she transferred to Hood College in 2020. After her high school graduation, Amanda spent her first two years coaching at Frederick Volleyball Club with Ed Niko. Amanda is so excited to start coaching again and can't wait for this club season to begin. 

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Rachel Brashear
11U Coach

Rachel was a 4 year starter at Smithsburg High School and a member of the 1998 State Championship Team.  She graduated and attended Hagerstown Community College where she received 2 Juco 1st Team honors.  Brashear went on to play for Salisbury University where she earned First Team All-Conference Honors.  She currently teaches in Washington County and is the head coach at Smithsburg High School, where her team has won 8 State Championships in her 15 year tenure. In 2017 Rachel tied another coach obtaining the most volleyball wins in MD state History. 

 

*Liberty's 2018/2019 U11 Head Coach: Team played in all U12 tournaments finishing the season with a 8 Wins 4 Ties and 11 Losses.

*Liberty 2019/2020 11U Head Coach

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Briana Haugh

Board Member/PR Specialist

AD-HOC Coach

Bri has been around the game her whole life, she has been playing volleyball since she was the age of 7. Bri played volleyball in middle school and high school for Smithsburg where they won a state championship her senior year.  Bri also played club volleyball with AIA and WACO. Bri now helps coach the 7th grade Smithsburg middle school team.  Although she was offered a scholarship to play volleyball in college,she decided to go to her dream college of West Virginia University. She graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.

*Liberty 2019/2020 14 Open Head Coach: Team ended in March ranked 10% Nationally

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Benjamin Pryor

Board Member & Sports Performance Coach

Benjamin Pryor is a graduate from Central Michigan University with degree in Sports Medicine.  As a certified Athletic Trainer (A.T.,C) as well as a certified strength and condition specialist (CSCS), he designed and instructed many individual and group-specific training programs tailored to the sport, position, athlete, and season (i.e. pre-season, in-season, and off-season).  He’s primary focus was to provide safe, age-appropriate training programs at a reasonable price to enhance individual athletic performance.  Shortly after graduation, he served our country in the United States Army as a Medical Service Officer.  Ben now lives with his wife and four school-aged children in Fairplay Md. Email libertyelitevolleyball@gmail.com or call 301-471-2787.