Bonnie Goldberg - Tournament Director
Bonnie Covey was a multi-sport athlete growing up in the far northern lands of Ellenburg Depot, NY. Her dad was a carpenter by trade and had helped build the Bobsled run for the 1980 Winter Olympics Games in Lake Placid, NY. Bonnie loved sports and was a top-level
high school competitor in softball, basketball and most giftedly, volleyball. After attending summer camps, Bonnie decided to accept a full scholarship to become a student athlete at American University in Washington, DC. After her successful freshman year competing with
the Eagles, the volleyball program at American was dropped and her coach was offered a new position at Eastern Michigan University. Bonnie transferred in hopes of continuing her education and volleyball training at a higher level.
After earning All-Conference honors in Eastern Michigan, Bonnie was offered a professional contract to play for Kussnacht Volleyball Club in Kussnacht, Switzerland. Upon her return to the States, she was offered the assistant position at Georgetown University, where she would eventually meet her husband, Barry Goldberg. After two seasons at Georgetown, Bonnie returned to her original volleyball roots at American University to begin a post graduate degree and become the assistant coach to her newly married husband, Barry. It
was the beginning of new careers for the both of them.
Bonnie earned her BS degree in Physical Education and Psychology, and a MS in Health Fitness Management. In the early 2000’s, she was Assistant Director of the Metro American Volleyball Club in Washington, DC and the Associate Director of the American Volleyball
Camps at American University. In 2007, she, along with her husband Barry, founded the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic. Together, they have three adult children who participate in the production and presentation of the annual Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic.
Barry Goldberg - Tournament Director
Barry Goldberg grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, PA and comes from a hard working town that fueled his passion for sports. His Dad tried out for a spot on the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team back in the 1960’s and his older brother was a two sport high school athlete who inspired Barry to challenge himself with his athletic mind and physical abilities. As he discovered the rich tradition of Boys Volleyball in the State of Pennsylvania in his early high school years, Volleyball quickly became the sport he loved.
Before long, Barry became a strong competitor in the nationally recognized Western PA. area and quickly became an up and coming collegiate competitor at the University of Pittsburgh. In his junior year at Pitt, his Division 1 varsity team rank 13th nationally without any members of the team receiving scholarship money. The next season began with a devastating blow as the University cut the sport entirely from their Varsity programing.
A blessing in disguise, Goldberg rallied the troops and started his senior season as the teams player/coach, competing in collegiate men’s matches vs. the likes of top ranked Penn State, Ohio State, George Mason, Army and Navy. This was the start of a long coaching career spanning now over almost 4 decades.
Today, Goldberg’s women’s teams have amassed success for over 30 seasons at American University. His program in Washington DC has produced 18 NCAA Division 1 Tournament appearances, a sweet 16 appearance 2013, league coach of the year honors, numerous player of the year league honors, and several Academic All-American honors.
In 2001, Barry and his wife Bonnie started the Metro American Volleyball Club that flourished for 15 years and in 2007, they founded the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic. One of the most beautiful Convention Centers in the United States, Capitol Hill Volleyball has become one of the most sought after volleyball events in the USA.
Lauri Dagostino - Tournament Director
After starting her career in the fashion industry, Lauri always had her eye on the volleyball. Working 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 by joining forces with Capitol Hill Classic in Washington D.C., Lil' Big South in Atlanta and the newest tournament, Music City Volleyball Championships, in Nashville, TN. Lauri expanded a hobby into a business model and attracted the attention of national sponsors including Molten, Gatorade, and First to the Finish.
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.
Nancy Yasharoff - Media Relations
Nancy Yasharoff heads up media relations for CHCVB. Prior to joining the staff, Nancy worked at American University as the Associate Athletics Director for Communications where she led the departments communications team, media coverage, operation of AUeagles.com, as well as supervising the department's public relations, publications and statistics. Prior to working at AU, Yasharoff served as the PR Director of the Washington Capitals. She was also the PR Director of the Capital Centre/US Air Arena where she was instrumental in marketing shows such as Sesame Street Live, The Harlem Globetrotters, WWF, Disney on Ice and multiple concerts.
She also worked with promotions, corporate sponsorships, marketing and game-day operations for the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) and Capitals. Yasharoff earned a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College where she played varsity volleyball and basketball. She resides in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
Contact Nancy for Media and Public Relations at
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, 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 daughter, Rylie.
Aryn Goldberg - Executive Administrator
Aryn grew up in Amarillo, TX and played volleyball at Amarillo High School where she won 3 state championships (2006, 2007, 2008) and was named the 2008 Texas 5A state tournament MVP. On the club level, she led her team, Advanced Volleyball, to a second-place finish in the Gold Division at the 2008 Junior Olympic National Tournament. Aryn went on to play for Morehead State University where she helped them win 4 consecutive conference Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships and made two NCAA appearances (20011, 2013). Her four full collegiate seasons at Morehead ended with a record of 104-31 (.770) overall and 67-3 (.957) in league play.
Her accolades in the classroom were equally recognized as she twice earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor, which is awarded to student-athletes in the league who receive the highest GPA in their sport. Aryn earned a BA in Physical Education and an MS in Health and Wellness Promotion during her time at Morehead. After graduation, Aryn taught Health and Physical Education for two years before working for the Montgomery County (KY) Health Department in community education. Aryn currently resides in Boston, MA with her husband, Jared, and their newborn son, Silas.
Contact Aryn with any general CHCVB questions at
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 fourteen teams to a top-5 finish or better at the Open level of Junior Nationals: including two gold medals, two silver medals, and four bronze medals.