Coach Jillian Bennett
Head Coach - PVT 2026 Team
Coach Jillian is a Jersey girl who just 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, located in Wilmington, Delaware where she received a Basketball 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. Jillian is very excited and elated to join the PVT coaching staff.
Coach Michael O'Neil
Co-Head Coach - PVT 2022 Team
Coach Mike has been involved in basketball and athletics throughout his life. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, NY, Mike captained his high school team. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also obtained his JD/MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. While studying and living in Ireland in 1991-2, Mike coached the St. Patrick's Maynooth College Women's Basketball team to a Division II National Championship. The father of two girls, Mike has over 13 collective years coaching girls fundamental skills, team offense and defense and crucial game situations. Above all, Coach Mike believes in building an environment of positivity, hard work, trust and support among the players, coaches and families of PV Thunder. And, helping to build strong, young women through basketball and competition by teaching them to play with confidence and joy. Besides coaching the PV Thunder girls, Mike is the Founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, a leading patient engagement company offering solutions to healthcare providers around the world.
Coach Will Trice
Assistant Coach - PVT 2027 Team
Coach Keno Green
Co-Head Coach - PVT 2022 Team
Coach Keno has been involved in basketball and athletics throughout his entire life. Keno grew up in Arlington, VA where he attend Wakefield High School and started on the varsity basketball team. Keno is a graduate of Virginia State University with a double degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is the father of one girl that loves the game as much as he does. He has been coaching for 6 years with a strong focus on the fundamental skills, team work, and competition. Above all, Coach Keno brings experience and passion for working with youth to help the PV Thunder girls become the best players that they can!
Coach Jaime Sherls
PVT Coaching Staff
Coach Jaime Sherls grew up playing basketball as an Indiana native. Her passion for basketball began as a youth watching the Chicago Bulls. She has many years of athletic experience and has played basketball at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She also played competitive AAU basketball as a youth. She is a graduate of West Side High School in Gary, Indiana where the Lady Cougars were runner-up for the state basketball championship her junior year. She attended Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis where she obtained a Bachelor’s in criminal justice (2010) and a Master’s in criminal justice and public safety (2012). She has been in the DMV area for 3 years and currently works as Correctional Specialist for the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center. Jaime is appreciative of the opportunity to transition from player to coach. She brings her passion for basketball and love of the game to the PV Thunder girls and is ready to get started establishing a fun environment and being a positive role model for young girls.
Coach Erin French
Assistant Coach - PVT 2025 Team
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 Alexandra (Alex) Paraloglou
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 passed on opportunities to play basketball at Gettysburg College and St. Mary's College to pursue a bioengineering degree at the University of Maryland. She graduated from UMD in May of 2014 and began working for Accenture as an IT consultant. Coach Alex enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and puppy, and playing sports. Besides coaching the PV Thunder girls, she also offers private basketball lessons. Coach Alex brings her experience for working with youth to help the PV Thunder girls become the best players that they can!
Coach Meshashe "Shayshe" Snowden
Head Coach - PVT 2023 Team
Coach Shayshe coaching style is simple; build great player’s by teaching great characteristics. As a teenager Coach Shayshe spent many summers attending Shippensburg University Woman’s Basketball Camp in Shippensburg PA. She played for the “Lady Trojans” graduating from Gaithersburg High School class of ’98. Coach Shayshe finds her passion for developing young girls’ basketball skills rewarding, fulfilling, and fun. Coach Shayshe works for the Montgomery County Government and resides in Clarksburg, MD. Besides coaching for PV Thunder, Coach Shayshe offers basketball lessons.
Coach Robin Smith
Head Coach - PVT 2027 Team
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Coach Danielle Douglas
PVT Coaching Staff
Coach Danielle played AAU basketball from the age of 10 all the way through high school. She played Varsity girls basketball at Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD, and went on to play Division I women’s basketball at Bryant University where she started all four years. Her last two years at Bryant University she served as team captain, and also volunteered in sports environments such as Special Olympics. With her background and passion for basketball, she is a positive role model for the PV Thunder girls. Playing basketball taught her things that are valuable to this day - teamwork, responsibility, dedication, hard work, and discipline - and she would love to be a part of teaching younger girls these same values. Coach Danielle is a graduate from Bryant University (BS) and Towson University (MS).
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 a leaving his Girls with positive feelings about basketball.
Coach Becky Silberman
Assistant Coach - PVT 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 & President, 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 Washington-Metropolitan area. He has competed in sports in 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.
Coach Krystal Ferguson
Head Coach - PVT High School Teams
Coach Krystal Ferguson has been involved in basketball and athletics for 20 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 head varsity basketball coach at a local private school. 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!
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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!
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 JaBrai Scott
Head Coach - PVT 2028 Team
Coach JaBrai Scott...