American Volleyball Camps: Camp Staff

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Barry Goldberg
Head Coach, American University Womens Volleyball
Camp Director, American Volleyball Camp



Barry Goldberg, the coach who has built a Patriot League dynasty by winning the league championship ten out of the past eleven years, didn't begin his volleyball career with a bang. He was cut from his team as a freshman both in high school and as a player at the University of Pittsburgh and before his senior season the program was dropped entirely by the Athletics Department. Luckily for AU, Goldberg has always thrived on challenges. The three-time Patriot League and three-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year's record speaks for itself:

   2011 & 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year

   149-7 Patriot League record over 11 years

   568 career wins

   .726 career winning percentage

   12 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 15 years

   Conference championships in 13 of the last 15 years 

Indeed, in the past 11 years of league play, the Eagles have lost only seven matches. Yet the man who has come to epitomize AU volleyball was not recruited as a player out of Peabody High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. In college, he joined the team at Pitt as a walk-on, and after getting cut as a freshman, he thought his playing days were over. But a call from the coach, inviting him to join the team as its 10th man, brought him back to the court. Goldberg worked hard in practice but rode the bench until the season was nearly over. Then he got his chance. Faced with player absences because of final exams, Goldberg's coach had no choice. He was forced to use the 10th man. Goldberg outplayed the other starters and earned a spot on the team. From then on he started at middle blocker for the Panthers. His junior year, the team he captained was ranked No. 13 in the nation. As it turned out, though, 13 was an unlucky number: At the end of the season, Pitt cut the varsity men's volleyball program. Undeterred, as a senior Goldberg worked as a player/coach for the club team. After graduating from Pitt with a BA in Communication and Rhetoric, and while pursuing his Master's in Counseling Education, he became assistant coach for the Pitt women's varsity team.

To read more about Goldberg’s rise to the top and success of the American University womens volleyball program, click here

Goldberg lives in Maryland with his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Arielle, 21, who attends University of Pacific, son Jared, 19, who attends and plays mens volleyball at Grand Canyon University, and son Mitchell, 17.



Silvia Johnson
Former Assistant Coach, American University
Head Coach, Metro American VBC



Silvia (Panak) Johnson served 5 years as the assistant coach for American University along side head coach, Barry Goldberg. During her time with the Eagles, they won 5 conference championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament 5 times.


Johnson played her junior and senior years for American University, winning the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship in 2000. She was named team MVP in 1999 and American University Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2000. A two-time All-CAA selection, Johnson was ranked among the NCAA leaders in aces in both of her seasons at American. Before transferring to American, Johnson played for Long Beach State and was a part of the undefeated 1998 NCAA Championship team. Johnson still holds the school record for most assists in a match at 75, which she accomplished twice in her career. She is the career leader at AU for assists per game and is eighth all-time in aces per game.


Silvia has most recently coached the Metro American Volleyball Club top travel team (18-1) for the past 5 years.

Silvia currently resides in Frederick, Md. with her husband, Winfred and their two daughters, Tatiana (7) and Natalia (5).

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