Bonnie Goldberg - CEO | Tournament Director

​Born and raised in upstate New York, Bonnie ‘Covey’ found much success as a multi-sport athlete. By her senior year in high school, she committed to the sport of volleyball and to a full athletic scholarship at American University in Washington, DC. After a successful freshman year, American cut the women’s program and Bonnie transferred to Eastern Michigan University to continue her athletic career. After earning all-conference honors at EMU, she was offered a professional contract to play for the Kussnacht Volleyball Club in Switzerland. Upon her return to the States, she was offered an assistant coaching position at Georgetown University, where she would eventually meet her husband, Barry Goldberg. After two seasons at Georgetown, Bonnie returned to American University to begin a post graduate degree and become the assistant coach for the AU program. Bonnie earned her BS degree in Physical Education and Psychology, and a MS degree in Health Fitness Management. In the early 2000’s, she was Assistant Director of Metro American Volleyball Club in Washington, D.C. and continues to be the Associate Director of American Volleyball Camps at American University. In 2007, the Goldberg’s started the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic tournament at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Barry Goldberg - Founder | Tournament Director

Barry grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, PA and comes from a hard-working town that fueled his passion for sports. He discovered the rich tradition of boys’ volleyball in the state of Pennsylvania in his early high school years and it quickly became the sport he loved. He found continued success with the men’s team at Pitt, ranked 13th nationally his junior season, only to receive the devastating news that the men’s varsity program would be cut his senior season. Barry rallied the team and finished his senior season as the player/coach, competing in non-varsity status against Division I programs that included Penn State, Ohio State, George Mason, Army and Navy. This was the beginning of what is now approaching almost four decades of coaching. As a student athlete, Barry earned a BA degree in Communication and Rhetoric, and while pursuing a MEd degree in Counseling Education, he became the assistant coach for the Pitt women’s team. After moving and working at a drug rehabilitation program in Washington, DC, he had the opportunity to join the coaching staff at Georgetown University where he met his wife, Bonnie. In 1989, he became the head coach of the women’s team at American and is now entering his 33rd season at the helm of AU Volleyball. Barry’s impact on the sport of volleyball in the DC area is legendary, including 15 years as Director of Metro American Volleyball Club and being the mastermind behind the creation of the annual Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic. His AU Hall of Fame status is supported by 778 career wins, ranking him sixth among active NCAA DI head coaches, along with a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2013 and a 266-21 Patriot League record over 20 years.

Lauri Dagostino - Tournament Director

After starting her career in the fashion industry, Lauri always had her eye on the volleyball. Along with her husband Randy, Lauri started their first volleyball tournament. That tournament exploded into the Big South National Qualifier. The tournament outgrew its original home in Tampa and relocated to Atlanta where it has remained since 2005 filling close to a million square feet with over 170 courts. The tournament attracts more than 50,000 people and over 1,200 teams from around the country, all vying for a bid to the Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship. Lauri has added more tournaments to the lineup with Music City Volleyball Championships in Nashville and Lil’ Big South in Atlanta.

Randy Dagostino - Tournament Director

Randy Dagostino has always been an athlete. As a high school student, he competed in three different sports and played baseball at the collegiate level for the University of Illinois, Chicago. After college, Randy became a coach in Chicago for baseball, golf, and basketball. To escape the harsh winters, Randy moved to Florida and became the head girls’ volleyball coach for Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa unknowingly starting a dynasty. Since then, Randy’s girls’ volleyball teams have won 15 state championships and boasted a postseason record of 96-10 making 17 FHSAA Finals appearances. His career coaching record of 829-161 helped him receive the Coach of the Year honors seven times and be inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame in 2008. Randy played a major role in the development of girls’ volleyball in Florida by starting the first club volleyball program in 1984 starting the popularity of the sport that has since grown to more than 100 clubs across the state. He served as a member of the FHSAA’s Volleyball Advisory Committee and organized the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Volleyball All-Star Match for 7 years.

Arielle Houlihan - Digital Brand Manager

While growing up in the Washington, DC area, Arielle played volleyball for Metro American Volleyball Club and competed in the 1st and 2nd annual Capitol Hill Classic. Arielle then went on to play collegiate volleyball at University of the Pacific where she received a B.A. in Communications. After graduation, Arielle was brought on as the Administrative Director of Bay to Bay boys’ volleyball club in Northern California where her current responsibilities include organizing schedules, registration, social media and advertising for the club. Under Arielle's leadership, Bay to Bay has seen a steady increase in its online following, becoming one of the most followed boys’ volleyball clubs on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Facebook. In July 2018, Bay to Bay 17-1 team, coached by Arielle, won the 17 Open Division at Boys’ Junior Nationals , capturing a National Championship. Arielle currently resides in San Jose, California with her husband Matt, and daughters, Rylie and Hallie.

Sarah Katz Yiljep - Administrative Assistant

Sarah grew up in Louisville, KY and played volleyball for one of the premier junior volleyball clubs, Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA). Sarah went on to play for American University, where she helped the Eagles to a 109-27 overall record during her playing career, winning three Patriot League Championships and advancing to
the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2013. In her senior season, the team beat No. 22 Kentucky to advance to the NCAA Second Round. Sarah was also honored as American University's senior female student-athlete of the year with the department's highest grade-point average across all sports. She was a two-time Academic All-Patriot League selection and twice was voted to the Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She went on to earn her master's degree in health promotion management from AU in 2017. After working for the Department of Health Studies at American and the American Heart Association, Sarah joined the American University Volleyball program again, as an assistant coach. She is in her 5th season of coaching at her alma mater. Sarah currently resides in
Washington, DC with her husband, YY. Contact Sarah with any general CHCVB questions

Matt Houlihan - Website Manager

Matt was born and raised in San Jose, California and attended University of the Pacific where he was the starting outside hitter and team captain. Matt was a 3-time Academic All-Conference selection, and was voted the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates 4 years in a row while graduating with a degree in Sport Management and Business. He is in charge of all website design and upkeep, ensuring that the Capitol Hill Classic provides a simple, clean, and easy to navigate online experience for all of its attendees. Matt is also the Club Director of Bay to Bay Volleybal Club in San Jose, California. As a coach for Bay to Bay, Matt has guided sixteen teams to a top-5 finish or better at the Open level of Junior Nationals: including two gold medals, two silver medals, and six bronze medals.

John Peters - Advisor, Marketplace Manager & Corporate Sponsorships

John is an entrepreneur and advisor at the intersection of retail, sports and technology. John has spent the last 10 years working alongside C-Suite leadership teams across the youth sports, sports technology and broader active lifestyle industries. He is a founding member and podcast host for the Sport Lifestyle Network, a podcast network covering the active lifestyle industry. John was responsible for the highest membership growth for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, the trade body representing the sporting goods industry. While there, his team oversaw the launch of the inaugural Sports Technology Expo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2013. John was recognized as a 40 Under 40 sports industry executive in 2015 by SGB Media. He is a proud dad to a golden corgi rescue, enjoys working with people and spending time with family and friends. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2011, where he may have attended more football games than class. John is a connector, believes some dogs are better than people and has never shied away from a microphone and stage.

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