BOYS NATIONAL HEAD COACH & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Mike Schwob has been associated with playing and coaching collegiate volleyball for over 30+ years. A native of Buffalo, NY Schwob was a four-year member of the volleyball team at George Mason and competed on the school's 1985 and 1988 NCAA Final Four teams. He earned All-East honors in each of his last two seasons at the school.
After graduating, Schwob went to the Naval Academy where he served as an assistant coach in the men's program, and was elevated to head coach two years later. Schwob guided the men's team to a 54-41 record during its remaining three seasons as a varsity sport before leading the squad to a pair of national top-10 rankings among club teams over the next two years.
He transitioned over to the Navy women's program as an assistant coach during the 1995 season before being named as head coach the next year. Mike Schwob served as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach for 15 years and his teams won at least 20 matches on four occasions and made a pair of appearances in the title match of the league tournament. Schwob himself was tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1997 and as the USNA Fall Coach of the Year in 2005. He has served as a coach for the U.S. Navy volleyball team -- both men's and women's teams -- multiple times over the last decade. Most recently he led the women's team to a gold medal at the 2008 Armed Forces Tournament.
From 2011-2013, Mike Schwob joined the George Mason Univerity Men's Volleyball team as the Assistant Coach. Mike assisted in recruiting young men to the Univeristy and was instrumental in organizing the George Mason boys club tournament. The GMU team made the EIVA playoffs each year was ranked in the top 15 at times throughout the 2013 season. Additionally, Schwob serves as a coach in the USA Volleyball High Performance program assisting with national player evaluations and most recently coaching at the Boys' Future Select National A1 Training Program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
For his significant contributions to the sport as a coach and player, Schwob, was inducted to both the Kenmore East Athletic Hall of Fame and the Western New York Boys' Volleyball Hall of Fame. An active member in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Schwob continues to be an advocate of the sport.
A tenured Physical Education Associate Professor at Navy, Schwob holds a Bachelor's Degree from George Mason and a Master's Degree from Loyola (Md.). Prior to arriving to the U.S. Naval Academy, Schwob taught in the Anne Arundel County school system for eight years. He and his wife, Susan, a former All-ACC volleyball player at Maryland, are the parents of four boys – William, Robert, Brian and Michael.
Susan Schwob is a native of Maryland and has made her mark in the area as an exemplary athlete and role model. Susan grew up with a passion for sports and while attending Bowie High School, Susan competed in volleyball and softball and was named to the All Prince Georges County team for both sports. After graduation, Susan received a scholarship to attend the University of Maryland where she played on the volleyball team for four years. During her senior year, Susan was named Captain of the team and was a member of the All Atlantic Coast Conference team. She graduated from Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and worked numerous years as a Human Resources and Recruitment Professional.
After her college career, Susan stayed involved in volleyball by competing in the USAV league and served as a clinician at events. She is an active member of the community, local church and PTA. She and Mike Schwob are the parents of four boys – William, Robert, Brian and Michael.
Malia Witherspoon comes to the Annapolis Volleyball Club with a wealth of knowledge and loads of experience. She coached at several Division I institutions such as Morgan State University, Towson University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
As a player, Witherspoon is a 1999 graduate of Morgan State where she was a middle blocker. She led Morgan State in blocking during her senior year, while also knocking down 2.2 kills per game and hitting .310 on the season. She also helped lead Morgan State to a conference championship and a berth in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. After graduating from Morgan State, Witherspoon served as an Assistant coach at Towson for one year then became the Assistant Volleyball Coach for the U.S. Naval Academy for 7 years. While at the Naval Academy Witherspoon had the opportunity to play for the Women’s semi-pro team that played against other Women’s National teams in Fortaleza, Brazil along with competing for the Women’s All-Navy Volleyball team for 4 years.
Malia Witherspoon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Morgan State and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from NOVA Southeastern University. She is the proud parent of two boys – Omari and Terrell.
A 2005 graduate of Towson, Coghlan was the starting setter and team captain for the Tigers during her junior and senior seasons. She tallied 3,078 assists and 144 service aces in her career to rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in Towson history. Coghlan helped the Tigers win the program's first CAA title and advance to their initial NCAA Tournament in 2004. Individually, she garnered First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades as a junior and senior while also earning CAA Setter-of-the-Year accolades during both of those campaigns. For her accomplishments, Coghlan was named during the summer of 2009 to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team for the sport of volleyball.
A Biology major, Coghlan was named as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball as a junior, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District II honors during her final two seasons, and was tabbed as Towson's Female Athlete of the Year in 2003. Following graduation she played professionally in Germany and Spain for three years then came back to the United States to become the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. While at the Naval Academy, Coghlan resumed her playing career by competing on the All-Navy team in both 2007 and `08. Coghlan helped Navy win the gold medal at the 2008 U.S. All-Armed Forces Games and was selected to compete on the U.S. squad at the worldwide All-Armed Forces Tournament in Germany.
Mary Clare Coghlan has been involved with ‘Girls on the Run’ program and is currently working for ‘The Program’ which offers superior leadership development and team building training to high school and collegiate teams. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Will Schwob is a recent graduate of the Grand Canyon University (GCU) where he served as Captain of the Division I Mens’ Volleyball team. A standout multi-sport athlete in high school, Schwob was named Athlete of the Year for Broadneck High School and Athlete of the Year Nominee for the Baltimore Sun. Schwob began his club volleyball career with AVC as a Middle Hitter. He was selected to compete at the USA Volleyball HP Championships where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. During Schwob’s tenure with GCU he played Opposite and Outside Hitter on a team that broke school records and was ranked in the Top 15 Nationally. Schwob has experience coaching both girls and boys at numerous camps including the US Naval Academy and American University.
Stew Russell played Men’s Volleyball at Penn State and was selected to the All-East and All-America teams his junior and senior years. During his tenure at Penn State he also led the team in overall blocking. He has coached on the high school and Junior Olympic level and was selected Montgomery County Coach of the Year.
Sam Russell began playing Junior Olympic Volleyball at age twelve. Coach Russell took his game to the collegiate level competing as a dynamic outside hitter for Salisbury State University and earning the title Co-Captain. He developed coaching skills during his many years instructing both boys and girls at the U.S. Naval Academy Volleyball Camps and Clinics. Coach Russell continues to play volleyball and regularly competes in sand and grass outdoor tournaments.
Steve Correll is currently the head girls’ volleyball coach at Leonardtown High School, located in St. Mary’s County, MD, where he teaches physical education and health. He has 24 years’ experience coaching at the high school level (16 years at Leonardtown and 8 years at Chopticon High School).
His peers in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference named him “2005 Coach of the Year.” Steve has also been named “Coach of the Year” numerous times in St. Mary’s County by the Enterprise newspaper.
Steve started playing volleyball at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA. He attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and played on the men’s club volleyball team. While at Slippery Rock he earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. Steve also earned his Masters in Education from Towson University.
Before Steve started coaching with the Annapolis Volleyball Club, he coached for seven years with St. Mary’s County Junior’s (SMCJ).
Steve and his wife, Julie, reside in Leonardtown, MD with their two children—Brady, who plays for the Annapolis Volleyball Club, and Cara, who is a student at the University of South Carolina.
Christine Byrne is a native of Maryland, playing volleyball for Broadneck High School and Anne Arundel Community College. She graduated college from UMUC with a Bachelor's degree in Financial Management. After graduation, Christine coached several youth volleyball teams in Annapolis and Virginia Beach area.
After her college career, Christine stayed involved in volleyball by competing in the USAV league in Newport, Virginia Beach, and Annapolis. She and Kevin Byrne are the parents of four children – Katie (plays volleyball for Juniata College), Corey, Andrew (plays for AVC) and Allie.
Coach Alli Graf is currently finishing up her masters at Frostburg State University, where she helped coach the Bobcats to their first winning season in over 5 years with a record of 16-12 qualifying them for the 2017 ECAC tournament where they came in 3rd. In 2019, she helped the team transition to compete in a Division II conference, The Mountain East Conference (MEC), where they had a successful first season after formally playing in the Division III Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
Graf graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science in 2017. As a senior in 2016, she led the Seahawks with a team-high 483 kills (4.16 kills per set) which earned her recognition as a First Team All-CAC player and a member of both the AVCA All-North Region and Honorable Mention All-American teams. In 2015, Graf placed second on the Seahawks squad in both kills (247) and digs (324) and was named to the All-CAC second team as a junior.
Prior to St. Mary’s, Coach Graf played two seasons as libero at the United States Naval Academy where she led the team in digs (839 total) and aces (59 total) and was named to the All-Patriot League second team in 2014 as a sophomore. Graf holds the Navy record for digs per set (4.84) and total digs in a single-season for freshman (413 digs).
Coach Graf started her coaching career in 2017 at Navy Volleyball summer camps and has volunteered as an assistant coach for the Navy Men’s Volleyball Club team.
Monica is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Princeton High School where she played three years of Varsity as an all-conference setter. Monica also played for Tri-County Volleyball Club out of Cincinnati.
Monica played Division I volleyball at Morgan State University where she led the Lady Bears to Back-to-Back MEAC Championships. She earned MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year and All-MEAC honors. Monica and her teammates (including AVC Club Administrator, Malia Witherspoon) also made history in 1997 becoming the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Monica finished her collegiate career as the all-time assist leader and third all-time in digs. Recently, Monica was inducted into the Morgan State University Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2018).
Monica received a B.S. in Marketing in 1999, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing in 2004. She enjoyed coaching under MSU Head Coach Ramona Riley-Bozier for two seasons as graduate assistant coach and lead recruiter.
Monica is married to her husband Lenny and are the proud parents of daughter Hayden (age 10) and son “LV” (age 8).
Marilyn Cleary is a native of New York and is excited to share her passion and knowledge of volleyball with AVC. Marilyn was a high school stand out at John Jay H.S. where she established a name for herself as a varsity lettering athlete in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. She was recruited to play volleyball at Loyola University of Maryland where she was a starter all four years. Coach Cleary was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team two years in a row and named Player of the Year her final season. Volleyball Magazine also named her 3rd in the nation for digs. While in graduate school at Loyola, Coach Cleary continued her love of the game as the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Club Volleyball team, as well as developing a Student-Athlete Mentoring program for the NCAA.
Marilyn resumed coaching in 2004 as the Head Coach of Archbishop Spalding Men's Volleyball team and held the position until 2007. Marilyn’s hard work ultimately lead the team to an appearance at the MIAA finals in 2007, finally landing the Spalding Men's Volleyball program on the map. She is also a member of the "Positive Coaching Alliance".
Marilyn graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Marilyn and her husband, Christopher, reside in Millersville, MD with their 4 children - Grace, Cat, Liam and Charlotte.
Coach Irwin, a multi-sport athlete (volleyball and track and field) from State College, PA, is a recent graduate of Juniata University where she was an outside hitter on the volleyball team. She contributed on the court all for years logging impressive statistics in kills, digs, and hitting percentage during her tenure. Following graduation, Coach Irwin accepted a teaching position at Arundel High School where she also serves as the Assistant Coach of the Varsity Volleyball team.
Mahlon Bender was a standout 6'7 middle hitter men's volleyball player at Juniata College. During his senior year he appeared in 32 matches, recorded 176 kills, and had a career high of 90 total blocks. During his junior year, he played in 32 matches and ended the season with 190 kills, a .368 hitting percentage, and 83 total blocks. He attended Central Dauphin High School and is from Harrisburg, PA.
Karlee Vaillant was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. Coach Vaillant attended Broadneck High School where she began her volleyball career. She helped bring home a Maryland State Championship and receive Anne Arundel County accolades during her tenure.
Coach Vaillant continued her volleyball career at St Mary's College of Maryland competing in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and earning a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She was a four year starting middle blocker for the Seahawks where she ended her career fourth in the CAC with 0.86 blocks per set, and led the Seahawks in solo blocks, block assists, and total blocks. She was third on the team with a .213 hitting percentage and fourth in kills.
Since college, in addition to playing in USAV adult leagues, Karlee has found her niche in coaching. She has served as an Assistant Coach at Goucher University, Anne Arundel Community College, and is currently an Assistant Coach with the United States Naval Academy Mens' Club team. Coach Vaillant has extensive experience coaching girls and boys youth volleyball through her affiliation with the US Naval Academy Camp Programs and with the Annapolis Volleyball Club where she has coached girls' regional teams and has assisted Boys' National Teams as a Practice Coach for for several years.
Coach Cyndi played four years as a setter on the Cedar Crest College Women’s Volleyball team in Allentown, PA. She is currently the Assistant Coach for the Boys’ Varsity and JV Volleyball Teams at Archbishop Spalding High School.
Cyndi resides in Edgewater, MD with her husband and two children, Katie and Jack, whom both played volleyball at Spalding and at the club level. Her son, Jack, currently plays on the Annapolis Volleyball Club 17U Team.
Coach Scheeler is a former University of Maryland outside hitter earning All-ACC accolades during her tenure. Scheeler was the Head Coach of the Loyola University Womens’ Volleyball Team and was named Metro Atlantic Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Coach Scheeler grew up in Clinton, MD and was an All-Metro player at Surratsville High School. She currently lives in Ellicott City, MD with her husband John, and two college aged children, Miranda and Dylan.
Coach Boone is a former standout setter and four-year letter winner for the University of Maryland volleyball team. Boone holds the record for Most Sets Played by any team member in school history. She began her volleyball career at Smithtown High School East in New York where she was named MVP her Junior and Senior years. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the prestigious Empire State Games. In 2011, she was inducted into Smithtown HS East Hall of Fame for her years playing softball, field hockey, basketball and her favorite sport, volleyball. Coach Boone has been involved with the Northern Virginia Adult and Girls' Recreation Volleyball Leagues. She enjoys jogging on the W & O trail and actively participates in spin classes to stay fit. She resides in Herndon, VA with her husband, Brack, and two teenaged daughters, Allison and Michelle.
Coach Parks is currently the Head Coach for the Chesapeake Science Academy Girls’ JV Volleyball Team and was formerly the Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach at Severna Park High School. Coach Parks is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he served on the staff of the Men's Club Volleyball Team. Coach Parks resides in Severna Park with his wife and two children.
Kenna Snidow is a native of the Annapolis area and has been playing volleyball since she was thirteen. Her club experience includes three years with Bay Area Volleyball Academy and two at Columbia Volleyball academy. In her five years of club, she captained three teams and played as an outside/opposite and middle blocker. In high school she played on the Arundel varsity team and during her senior year she helped lead the team to a memorable Regional Championship win against rival South River.
Kenna is currently in her third year at UMBC where she is double majoring in archaeology and history. She is an active member of the university's club team as an outside hitter and enjoys playing with the men’s team as libero.
Coach Bozier graduated from high school as a three-sport letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was a four-time MVP of the volleyball team while also earning first-team All-Harford County honors twice, first-team All-Baltimore County and first-team All-Baltimore City honors. After high school, she attended Morgan State University and competed with the volleyball team all four years. During her tenure, she received the team’s rookie of the year award, saw action in 18 matches and totaled 74 kills and 52 digs in her debut season with the Lady Bears, was ranked third on the team in total blocks with 54 and ranked fifth among MEAC leaders in blocks per contest with (0.83 bpg). She also ranked 10th all-time at Morgan State in career blocks with 159.
Coach Bozier graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelors Degree of Science and is currently pursuing her Master's in Architecture Design and Planning. She is currently working as the Visual Marketing Manager for the Army and Air Force Military bases for Eastern Region.
Tom Kait is from Angola, New York and was a four-year starter as a middle blocker at the United States Naval Academy when the program was still Division I. After graduating in 1993, Tom played on five All Navy Volleyball teams and was selected to play on two All USA Military Volleyball teams in which one participated in the first ever Military Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Tom was an assistant coach and head coach for one of the Coastal Virginia Volleyball Boy’s 14 and under team where he enjoyed teaching the basics to players on the team as young as nine years old.
Tom and his wife, Tracy, live in Edgewater, Maryland. Their son Tommy plays volleyball for Tusculum University. Their daughter Courtney is a senior at the University of Virginia. Tom is a Captain in the Navy and works at the Washington Navy Yard.
Danny Remington grew up in Southern Maryland and graduated from Salisbury University where he was a member of the Mens' Club Volleyball Team. He continues to play in USAV adult indoor leagues and compete in beach tournaments. Coach Remington has served as an AVC Practice Coach, Evaluator, and as an Assistant Coach with AVC Boys' National Teams for several years. In addition, he has experience coaching youth football and basketball teams in Southern Maryland. Danny is USAV IMPACT Certified.
Danny and his wife Theresa, reside in Dunkirk, MD with their 2 boys – Ryan and Reece, both collegiate volleyball players. He enjoys nothing more than getting out and playing some beach volleyball with family and friends, whether it be in Ocean City, Southwest Florida, or just outback.