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.
Coach Michael O'Neil
Co-Head Coach - PVT High School Freshman 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 Erin French
Assistant Coach - PVT 2025 Team
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 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 Robin Smith
Head Coach - PVT 2027 Team
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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 Krystal Ferguson
Executive Director & Head Coach - PVT Exposure High School Teams
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!
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 was born and raised Chicago, Illinois, which is where he learned to play and developed his passion for the game of basketball. Coach Scott has coached the game at many different levels: youth recreational, travel, AAU and High School. Coach Scott, has coached youth basketball in Columbia, Maryland since 2002, and in 2014 he was nominated by the Howard County Parks and Recreation as their “Volunteer of the Year” for his dedicated work coaching youth basketball. Coach Scott has worked with former and current NBA players, such as Juan Dixon, Jerian Grant, and Jake Layman. Coach Scott is a licensed USA Youth Development Coach and has served as the coach and League Director for the 14U and high school boys teams with Savage, Md Boys and Girls, Club for the last few years. In addition to working with PVT, Coach Scott currently runs his own 15U AAU boys basketball club in Columbia, Maryland.
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 Mike Duan
Assistant Coach - PVT 8th/9th Team
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 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 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.
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 Tony Taylor
Head Coach - PVT 8th/9th Team
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 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!
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 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 Will Trice
Assistant Coach - PVT 2027 Team
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Coach Keno Green
Co-Head Coach - PVT High School Freshman 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!