Potomac Valley THUNDER GIRLS AAU Basketball
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 Double-Goal Coach, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
Chase Miles & TBD
Jasmine Banks & Skip Pagan
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR COACHES:
Coach Krystal Ferguson
Executive Director & Head Coach, PVT 17U & 15U HGSL 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 serves as the assistant varsity basketball coach at McLean High School and assisted with the first district championship in 42yrs! 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 PVT girls become the best players AND people that they can! #ItsBiggerThanBasketball
Coach Adeeb Matin
Assistant Coach, PVT 17U & 15U HGSL Teams
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 he has spent most of his life in the Montgomery/Howard County area of 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 graduated with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park. He seeks to help the youth grow and improve as individuals and athletes through the experience of sport. Adeeb recently founded his own basketball training company, The Roo Lab, where he focuses on examining the micro skills in basketball to give players every possible edge against their opposition. 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.
Coach Matt Elmore
PVT Executive Advisor/Coach Evaluator & Head Coach HS Regional Teams
Matt Elmore has been involved with coaching youth basketball for almost a decade, having started as a counselor/coach for the annual University of Maryland Men’s Basketball camps in 2011. Since then, Matt has assumed various skill development and coaching positions with organizations such as the Riverside Hawks and Success Academy Charter Schools. Matt served as the head coach of PVT 2026 during the 2017-2018 season, leading them to 2 undefeated league titles and 3 tournament championships, including the Mid Atlantic Girls Invitational Championships in May 2018. Matt also served as the head coach of PVT 2025 during the Spring and Summer of 2018, leading them to 1 undefeated league title. Matt is currently a strategy & corporate development associate at Education Advisory Board (EAB) in Washington, DC, having received a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and MBA from Columbia Business School.
Coach Mike Duan
Assistant Coach, PVT HS Regional Teams
Coach Mike Duan has been involved with basketball throughout his life. He played basketball for four years in High School as well as 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. Coach Mike has been coaching with PVT for several years at multiple grade levels (7th - 11th grade). 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 Jillian Bennett
Head Coach, PVT 2026 Regional & PVT 2028
Coach Jill 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. Besides coaching the PVT team, she also serves as the Head JV coach at Holy Child!
Coach Will Trice
Assistant Coach, PVT 2026 Regional
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.
Coach LJ Young
Head Coach, PVT 2026 National
Growing up miles away from the Duke/UNC rivalry in North Carolina, basketball was ingrained into Coach LJs upbringing. He has been involved with basketball since he was 5 years old. Coach LJ played AAU on a national level from the time he was in 5th grade until he graduated high school. In high school, he lettered in both football and basketball, before ultimately committing to play football in college. He graduated from NC A&T State University with a degree in Computer Science and now works as a software engineer in the defense industry. With his coaching style he brings passion, discipline, and excitement! He is looking forward to coaching the next great women in basketball with PVT!
Coach Simone Smith-Statham
Assistant Coach, PVT 2026 National
Coach Simone Smith-Statham was born and raised in Maryland. She has been playing basketball as long as she could remember. She attended Bishop McNamara High School ‘16, where she played on the varsity team all 4 years. Where she received WCAC Honorable Mention her junior and senior year. Her senior year she was also a nominee to be a McDonald’s All-American. She went off to play Division 2 basketball at University of Charleston in West Virginia for two years. She then transferred and then graduated Cum Laude from Alderson Broaddus University in 2020, with a Bachelors in Sports Management. She is now completing her Masters Degree in Sports Management with a focus on Athlete Development from the University of Florida. Simone looks forward to beginning her coaching career with PV Thunder, and is ready to get to work!
Coach Darren Pagan
Head Coach, PVT 2027 National
Coach Darren is a fond believer in the importance of athletics for youths. Having grown up in the D.C. area, Darren was attached to sports from a young age, playing basketball and football for the Metropolitan Boys & Girls Club, and soccer with MSI. He would go on to play point guard and outside linebacker at St. Albans School, in addition to coaching 4th grade boys from St. Albans. Darren is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and obtained his Master of Business Administration and Master of Finance from the University of Maryland. Having coached both boys and girls of many ages, Darren embraces the opportunity to help kids relate athletics to academics, realize their potential athletically, and compete at all times.
Coach Jasmine Banks
Assistant Coach, PVT 2027 National
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 Skip Pagan
Assistant Coach, PVT 2027 National
Coach De'Nisha Green
Head Coach, PVT 2027 Regional Team
Coach De'Nisha Green is from Williamstown, New Jersey where she brings 11 years of basketball experience having had played on various South Jersey Regional Leagues, the Monroe Township NJ Youth Basketball League and was a member of several different AAU teams. De'Nisha attended and played basketball for four years at Williamstown High School. She is a Rutgers University Graduate and during her time spent at Rutgers she continued to play basketball through her junior year on the Rutgers University Club team. She has served as a Head Coach for the 6th-8th grade youth boys basketball league and continues her passion for coaching, mentorship and leadership for the youth both on and off the court. With her recent relocation to the DMV area, De'Nisha's goal is to teach PVT players how to build their confidence, develop their skillset and teamwork as well as to coach and mentor them into tapping into their own potential to reach their personal, professional and athletic goals while enjoying playing the game that they love at the same time.
Coach Jade Gibbs
Assistant Coach, PVT 2027 Regional Team
Coach Jade Gibbs has loved the game of basketball since she was 8 years old. Jade was born in Birmingham Alabama where she finished her varsity letter in basketball at John Carroll Catholic High School. After high school, she went to Wiley College where she completed one year in the NAIA division. After one year she went back to Alabama where she continued her basketball career at Birmingham Southern College for four years. During her four years, her team won the SAA championship and Jade won the teammate of the year. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology. After undergraduate, she had different opportunities to play semi-pro and in various women's leagues. Jade has an extreme passion for the game of basketball and teaching others about the game of basketball. Jade has continued her passion for basketball with Coaching for PVT. Coach Jade has been with PVT for the past two years serving as the head coach for our 2028 team and is looking forward to now supporting our 2027 players. Jade has a passion for teaching the girls and is grateful for the opportunity to give back all the knowledge she has learned over the years in basketball to the players.
Coach Alaena Lloyd
Head Coach, PVT 2028
Coach Alaena Lloyd has been involved in basketball, playing & coaching for over 15 years. A member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Women's Basketball Program, Alaena was a 4 year starter, a 2x PSUAC All-American & a 4x PSUAC & USCAA National Academic All-American. Alaena is the All Time assist leader at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and was named to the 2000-2019 All Decade Team. Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA Alaena played AAU for Luzerne County Lightning and was a 4 yr starter at Meyers High School. Currently, Alaena resides in Falls Church where she is employed by Stratford University as an IT Coordinator. Alaena is also on the Freshman and JV coaching staff at McLean High School.
Coach Helo Mustafa
Assistant Coach, PVT 2028
Coach Helo has been involved in basketball for over 20 years as a player, mentor, and coach. He played varsity basketball in North Dakota and locally at Fairfax High School when he moved to the area his senior year. He continued his passion for the game by coaching youth leagues in Fairfax and McLean and was awarded McLean Coach of the Year by his peers for his positive, can-do attitude. He is co-founder of a consulting firm, M2 Strategy, that was recognized as the #1 Best Workplace in the DC area, due to its employee-focused culture and core values. Helo lives these core values and integrates them into his coaching techniques to motivate players and advance their basketball and leadership skills to help players be the best they can be!
Coach Mara Fitzgerald
Head Coach, PVT 2029
Coach Mara Fitzgerald was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Coach Mara moved to Washington, DC after graduating from Penn State in 2018. She started playing basketball at a young age, - so young that she had to play up two age groups! She played four years of varsity basketball at Oakland Catholic High School, making it to the PA state championship her junior year. She went on to play club basketball at Penn State, leading her team to four regional championships and earning regional MVP twice. She was also named a Club Basketball All-American after reaching the National Championship her freshman year. After graduating, she moved to the area and sought out coaching opportunities, ultimately making a connection at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where she has served as the assistant varsity coach for three seasons. Coach Mara believes that fundamental skills as well as developing basketball I.Q. at a young age are critical for growth as a competitive basketball player. She's excited to coach and mentor young players and prepare them for the more competitive basketball that comes in middle school.
Coach Mary Margaret Holden
Assistant Coach, PVT 2029
Coach Mary Margaret, or as the girls call her, Coach M, has now been coaching at PVT for 2 years. Mary Margaret grew up in Charlottesville, VA where she played basketball from elementary school through high school. Mary Margaret then attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where she studied English, Film and Media Studies, and Studio Art. Mary Margaret now works in D.C. as an event planner at a non profit. While she’s not working or coaching basketball, Mary Margaret likes to hike and spend time with her friends and family.
Coach Andy Fairbanks
Assistant Coach, PVT 2029
Andy Fairbanks played basketball throughout high school snd college, including a year playing in Germany. He began coaching AAU basketball and travel softball in 2010. His daughters were both varsity athletes at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. His youngest daughter, Nora Fairbanks-Lee, has played with PVT since 2017 and has been a 4-year Varsity player with B-CC. She will also serve as an Assistant Coach with PVT this year. Outside of PVT, Andy is an Executive at IBM and serves as the President of the Board at Horizons Greater Washington.
Coach Jay Evans
Head Coach, PVT 2029
Coach Jahny “Jay” Evans was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a child, he grew up with a love for soccer, but found his way onto the hardwood! It was in 7th grade, when we realized he could dunk a basketball and the rest is history. He attended the Washington Jesuit Academy and went on to play JV and Varsity at Bishop O’Connell High School. He was recruited by the Coast Guard Academy and a couple of other schools for basketball. He has played intremurals and played for the school team at Montgomery College and plays intramurals and practice team for the University of Maryland. He currently has an Associate’s degree in Elementary Education, and is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Communications (Fall 2022). He has coached both boys and gurls from age 5 onto 13. He brings to the table energy, a sense of camaraderie, and a focus on the development of skills and the mind for the PV Thunder!!!
Coach Elizabeth Dufrane
Student Coach/Assistant Coach, PVT 15U HGSL
Elizabeth Dufrane is a current player at the University of Mary Washington. She was a 4 year varsity at McLean High School where she holds the school's Boys and Girls All-time Leading scorer record with 1566 points. She was a 2x District Player of the year, Region player of the year as a senior, and made the first team all state team. In addition to her playing experience, Elizabeth has served as skills trainer for players of all ages. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the game with PVT players!
Coach Nora Fairbanks-Lee
Student Coach/Assistant Coach, PVT 2028
Nora Fairbanks-Lee is a senior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, where she has played on varsity for the past four years. She has played basketball since 2nd grade and AAU since 4th. She has played on the 17U PV Thunder Team for four years and is planning on continuing to play basketball in college at the University of Rochester. Throughout the years, Nora has mentored young girls, coached at basketball clinics/camps, and has spoken in panels about the importance of youth sports and women in sports. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for the game with future PVT rising stars!
Coach Kate Oliver
Student Coach/Assistant Coach, PVT 2028
Kate Oliver is a senior at Trinity School of Meadowview, where she has played on Varsity for the past four years. She was a member of the PVT 17U (2022) team and is planning on continuing to play basketball at Wheaton College (IL) next year. Kate has been named MVP for multiple seasons and is looking forward to growing her leadership and coaching skills this Spring!
Coach Irene Haramis
Student Coach/Assistant Coach, PVT 2026
Irene Haramis is a senior at Winston Churchill High School, where she has played on the varsity team for the last four years. She has been a member of PVT since 6th grade and has played a year up for the past 5 years! Irene will be continuing to play basketball at Dickinson College next year. Throughout the years, Irene has served as a mentored for younger PVT players and helped coach at basketball clinics/camps. In 2020, she helped start an outdoor training company for elementary and middle school players (Train Bounce Back), where she has run 100s of individual/small group training sessions as well as clinics and camps. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for the game with future PVT rising stars!
Coach Becky Silberman
PVT Coaching Staff
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 Alexandra (Alex) Paraloglou
PVT Coaching Staff
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 Sydney Ransom
PVT Coaching Staff & Coach Evaluator
Coach Sydney has been involved in basketball and athletics as both a player and coach for 20 years. Originally from New Jersey, Sydney has experience playing both Division I and Division II collegiate basketball and coaching AAU. Sydney has recently graduated with a Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from UDC and hopes to bring her all-around experience as student, athlete, and coach to the PVT organization. Sydney is looking forward to coaching with PVT and wants to use her knowledge of the game to further develop great players so that they not only succeed athletically, but also succeed in life.