Coach Paul Iyob
PVT Coaching Staff
Coach Paul Iyob has coached basketball in the Maryland/D.C. area for more than ten years. Most recently, Coach Iyob was the head varsity coach at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. for three seasons. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Washington Adventist University, helping guide the team to the best record in school history and a USCAA national championship. Before Washington Adventist, Coach Iyob spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. He also has experience coaching at the AAU level, including on the Nike EYBL circuit. Coach Iyob is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and Syracuse University, College of Law. He is a licensed attorney in D.C. and Maryland. Coach Iyob is enthusiastic about helping student-athletes reach their goals.
Coach Tony Taylor
Head Coach - PVT High School Teams
Coach Taylor is student-focused coach with proven expertise in motivating youth to become high-achieving student athletes. He played basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School and has coached at both the middle and high school levels. He is currently the Varsity assistant coach at Holton Arms and has served as a coach at the Bradley Beal and John Wall ProCamps. Coach Taylor believes in motivating players to maximize their potential as well as a strong focus on fundamental skills. He looks forward to helping develop our student-athletes!
Coach Erin French
PVT Coaching Staff
A Montgomery County native, Coach Erin attended Paint Branch High School, where she played field hockey and basketball all four years. Erin also teaches martial arts, when she is not attending PVT practices and games. After high school, she attended D3 school Shenandoah University, where she played on the women's basketball team and was the captain her junior and senior seasons. She brings her love for the game to the PVT team and looks forward to being a positive role model for the girls.
Coach Robin Smith
Head Coach - PVT 2028 Team
Coach Robin Smith has coached girls at every level: recreation, high school, and AAU. Raised in Clinton, Maryland she moved to Georgia (for 23 years) and began coaching boys and girls in rec leagues. A firm believer in developing life skills through sports, Coach Robin has a passion for teaching fundamentals, work ethic, teamwork and self confidence. In Georgia, Coach Robin led several teams to the YBOA and AAU Nationals. Upon returning to Maryland to help out with family, she got the itch to coach again and stumbled across the PV Thunder organization. Coach Robin is continually excited to work with an organization that shares her passion for developing strong character as well as skilled players.
Coach Jasmine Banks
Assistant Coach - PVT 2027 Team
PG County native, Coach Jasmine Banks grew up loving to play basketball. Her love for the game skyrocketed at the early age of seven while playing against local competition and watching her favorite professional basketball player Dwayne Wade. While attending Charles Herbert Flowers High School she began her basketball career as a Lady Jaguar playing on their JV team. Following the summer of her freshman year she was introduced to The Maryland Beltway Lady Cougars AAU team and started playing for both organizations. The following year while playing as a cougar the team was invited to play at the AAU Girls Basketball Nation Championship Event in Orlando Florida. During her high school career she began instilling the motto P.U.S.H not only on the court but within life and career itself. After high school she began her coaching career as an assistant coach from the tender age of 5 on up to high scholars. Above all, Coach Banks brings fun with an air of order that translates in the game and on the court of life to the young girls of the PV Thunder Basketball team.
Coach Elisha McCollough
Assistant Coach - PVT 2028 Team
Coach Elisha McCollough is a Washington, D.C. native and love for the game started in 1st grade. She participated on school basketball teams as well as playing at local community centers whenever she had the chance. After high school, she worked at the Sport & Health Club in Bethesda, Maryland and learned the fundamentals of strength & conditioning from personal trainers. In addition to coaching with PV Thunder, Coach Elisha also serves as a Coach/Instructor with One on One Basketball, Inc. in Washington, DC at summer camps working with kids ages 5-12 to teach communication, discipline, respect, patience, teamwork, fundamentals, and skill for the game of basketball.
Coach Krystal Ferguson
Executive Director & Head Coach - PVT Exposure High School Teams, Head Coach - PVT 2027 Team
Coach Krystal Ferguson has been involved in basketball and athletics for 25 years, first as an avid basketball player, and now in the role of mentor and coach. Krystal grew up in Lynchburg, VA where she attended E.C. Glass High School. During her time there, she was part of the varsity basketball team for four years and was elected team captain for two of those years. In addition, she played competitively on an AAU team. Krystal is a graduate of James Madison University and the University of Maryland - College Park. Besides coaching the PV Thunder girls, she also offers private basketball lessons and serves as the assistant varsity basketball coach at McLean High School. Prior to joining the McLean coaching staff, Krystal served as the head varsity coach at a local private school where she was able to rebuild the program, which resulted in the schools first appearance and ranking in the VISAA state tournament. Krystal brings her experience and passion for working with youth to help the PV Thunder girls become the best players that they can!
Coach Matt Elmore
PVT Coaching Staff
A graduate from Columbia University (2015), Coach Matt Elmore has been involved with youth basketball since 2008. Matt’s passion for coaching basketball began in high school while volunteering at the Boys’ Club of New York. Through his 2-year involvement with the club’s Independent School Placement Program for local middle school students, Matt organized fundamental clinics and exhibition games to help spur interest in basketball participation. Matt has also been a camp counselor at the University of Maryland Basketball Camp, plus various coaching and training positions at Riverside Hawks Summer Leadership Program, Global Professional Sports, and the Harlem North Central MS / Success Academy charter school network. Having recently moved to the DMV area full time, Matt is very grateful for the opportunity to become involved with PV Thunder and eager to get started in establishing a fun atmosphere and developing the basketball stars of tomorrow!
Coach Whitney Turner
Head Coach - PVT 2025 Team
Coach Whitney is a lifelong lover of basketball who grew up in Michigan. She was an AAU All American while in high school, and went on to receive a full scholarship to play at Boston University, serving as team captain senior year. In 2015, Coach Whitney coached the Springport Spartans middle school team to an undefeated season in Springport, MI. She brings an emphasis on fundamentals and love of the game to PV Thunder. Coach Whitney brings her experience and passion for working with youth to help the PV Thunder girls become the best players that they can!
Coach Ali Johnson
PVT Coaching Staff
A Virginia native, Coach Ali Johnson grew up playing basketball against local competition. She played AAU basketball before and during high school as well as played varsity basketball for four years at Marshall High School in Falls Church. She went on to play basketball at the next level at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she was part of a team that took two trips to the NCAA Tournament as well as holds the record for the most blocks over four seasons! After college she went to law school at Rutgers, where she was a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Scarlet Raptors team for two seasons. In addition to her playing and college coaching experience, she has also been a basketball trainer for youth at Evolution Basketball, a basketball skills training company based in Northern Virginia, a middle school basketball coach, as well as an assistant varsity coach at a local private school with Coach Krystal Ferguson.
Coach Adeeb Matin
Assistant Coach - PVT 2025 Team
Coach Adeeb Matin has been passionately involved with basketball for majority of his life and is now pursuing a career in youth development through basketball. Adeeb was born in Sydney, Australia, however has spent most of his life in Montgomery/Howard County, Maryland. Growing up, Adeeb has participated in all levels of competition in regards to basketball. This includes AAU, recreational, collegiate intramural, and even a brief overseas opportunity in the United Kingdom. Adeeb recently graduated with an undergrad degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and seeks to help the youth grow and improve as individuals and athletes through the experience of sport. Most importantly, Adeeb believes that sport, especially basketball, brings communities together and gives people an opportunity to discover their potential both on and off the court.
Thomas (Tom) Gately
Explosive Performance, Bethesda Site Director
NSCA- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Tom is from the DMV area, has been an athlete, and enjoyed training his whole life. Tom is a graduate of George Washington University where he played baseball and studied Exercise Science, learning from GW’s strength coaches and assisting the main sports teams. Passionate about developing peak performance, athletic strength, and injury prevention, the transition to athletic training/Explosive Performance was easy. He has been on multiple training sponsored trips, including the Olympic Training Center-- Colorado, and clinic’s with Alan Stein (worked with Kevin Durant, among other NBA athletes) to further his training knowledge. Tom and the Explosive Performance staff can’t wait to bring this all to PVT—getting better every session!
Coach Becky Silberman
Assistant Coach - PVT Exposure High School Teams
Coach Becky Silberman was born and raised in Maryland where she currently resides. She has been involved in basketball as a participant and coach for over 20 years. Becky attended the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD from K-12 where she was a member of the varsity basketball team for 4 years. After high school, she went on to play club basketball and intramural basketball at the University of Maryland. Since college, Becky has coached JV basketball and Varsity basketball at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD since 2011, where she is also a teacher. Becky has coached a boys basketball team at the Maccabi games from 2014-2017 where she coached her team to one silver medal and one gold medal and traveled to Missouri, Texas, California, and New Jersey. This past summer Becky coached the Maccabi USA junior girls national basketball team in Israel where her team won a silver medal while competing against teams from all over the world.
Coach Bill Edmunds
Founder, PV Thunder Basketball
Coach Bill Edmunds has been coaching year-round youth girl's basketball since 2004. A Washingtonian and graduate of the Bullis School ('89) and University of Maryland, Bill has close ties to the DC Metro area. He has competed in sports his whole life and developed a strong passion for coaching. He has been involved in AAU girl's basketball since 2007. His approach to coaching focuses on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and ensuring the players have fun. Bill, his wife Carol, and daughters Nicole and Tori reside in Friendship Heights NW Washington, DC.
Potomac Valley Thunder partners with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to develop its coaches. The PCA goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
The Second-Goal Parent, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
The Triple-Impact Competitor, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
Coach Alexandra (Alex) Paraloglou
Executive Director & Head Coach - PVT 2024 Team
Coach Alex Paraloglou is a graduate of Winston Churchill High School in 2010 and played basketball all four years. She also played AAU basketball before and during high school. After graduating, she pursued a bioengineering degree at the University of Maryland. She graduated from UMD in May of 2014 and began working as an IT consultant. Coach Alex enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and puppy, and playing sports. Besides coaching the PV Thunder girls, Coach Alex is also an assistant varsity coach at Winston Churchill High School. Coach Alex brings her experience for working with youth to help the PV Thunder girls become the best players that they can!
Coach Mike Duan
Assistant Coach - PVT High School Teams
Coach Mike Duan has been involved with basketball throughout his life played basketball for four years in High School. He played AAU from the time he was in Middle School until he graduated from high school. At University of Maryland - College Park, Coach was apart of the intramural Basketball programs and club basketball. After graduating with an Economics degree in Spring 2018, Coach Mike works as an Account Representative in Reston, VA. He is focused on bringing his experience, knowledge, and passion for the game to PV Thunder.
Coach Charles Haigler
Assistant Coach - PVT 2028 Team
Coach Charles Haigler has been involved in organized basketball, both participating/training for 11 years. He's played for teams in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In 2012, Coach Haigler attended a military academy where his team finished 40-1 losing to Brewster Academy in the championship game. After military academy, he continued his basketball career playing collegiate basketball at Bloomsburg University for 4 years and finishing 4th in all-time steals! During his time in college, he was given the opportunity to train younger athletes every summer and fell in love with coaching the game to youth. Coach Haigler plans to share his knowledge and experience in a positive manner by making basketball fun and competitive for our PV Thunder athletes!
Coach Jason Goldblatt
Assistant Coach - PVT 2024 Team
Coach Jason has been involved in basketball and athletics throughout his life. Growing up in Potomac, MD, Jason played on the first Bullis Boy's Basketball Team in school history to win the IAC Championship. Jason is a graduate of Duke University and also obtained his JD from George Washington University and his Masters of Business in Real Estate from John's Hopkins University. Immediately after college, Jason coached boys basketball for two years at The Bullis School. The father of two PV Thunder girls (one current and one former), Jason has coached boys and girls and many different ages and skill levels focusing on teamwork, fundamentals and skill work. More than anything, Coach Jason is most focused on fostering a love for the game and leaving his girls with positive feelings about basketball.
Coach Ross Jensen
Assistant Coach - PVT 2026 Team
Coach Jensen has a diverse background of successful coaching experience at the High School and Youth levels as well as extensive experience in Exercise Science. Coach Jensen is a certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Coach Jensen has spent over 10 years in the fitness and sports performance industry. He is not only a coach, but was a three sport athlete competing in basketball, baseball and football. Coach Jensen helped lead his travel club basketball team to several Area, Regional, and a National Tournament Titles. Coach Jensen began his coaching career as the Offensive Coordinator for the Parkdale High School Football team at Parkdale High School, Maryland, where he produced five All-Stars during the 2008-2009 season. In 2015, Jensen accepted the position of Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Freedom Village Christian Academy, Lakemont NY and was later appointed as Athletic Director, and the Head Varsity boys, and girls basketball coach. He demonstrated expertise in managing a wide range of competitive athletic programs in both boys’ and girls’ sports. In 2018, Coach Jensen moved to Lima, OH to work as the AAU Basketball Program Director and Head Coach for the Gunners Elite Program. He continued to work to enhance his players skill development, and coached teams of multiple age/grade/gender levels. During his tenure, several of Coach Jensen’s Boys teams won tournament medals, including the 2019 AYBT Nationals D1 Division Runners-up title in Ft. Wayne, IN. Coach Jensen is enthusiastic about helping our PV Thunder student-athletes reach their goals.
Coach Will Trice
Assistant Coach - PVT 2027 Team
Coach Trice has been coaching adult and youth basketball since 1987. He began playing basketball at the age of 16 with the Boy's Clubs and various Church league teams in Pittsburgh, Pa. Will did not play basketball in High School, but chose to participate in Track and Field. However, he did play one (1) year of basketball at Boyce College (Pennsylvania) as a walk on player and several years on a U.S. Army Battalion Team. He has coached in the Prince George's County Boy's and Girl's Club, Maryland Park and Planning, and various church leagues. Coach Trice has been named "Coach of the Year" for his Church League and received several awards for his volunteer work in his community as coach, mentor and tutor. My Basketball Philosophy: Use basketball as a way to teach Life Lessons through learning patience, fundamentals, teamwork, discipline and self-control. Making players better people and students as well as better basketball players. He is currently the Assistant Tennis Coach at DuVal High School in Prince George's County.
Potomac Valley THUNDER GIRLS AAU Basketball
Coach Jillian Bennett
Head Coach - PVT 2026 Team
Coach Jillian is a Jersey girl who recently relocated to the area. She attended Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey, where she played Basketball and Track & Field for four years. After High School, she attended Wilmington University, where she received a scholarship to play Division II Women's Basketball. Jillian was named captain of her team for the last two seasons at Wilmington. During her senior year in college, she had the opportunity to transition into coaching at McKean High School in Track & Field where she was a coach for over six years. McKean High School was just the beginning in Jillian’s coaching journey. She also had the opportunity to coach U10 Girl’s Basketball AAU Team and Boy’s U15 AAU team.