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Brandon Johnson- Director 

Coach Brandon is the founder and director of Pinnacle Volleyball Academy and Head Coach at Division 2 Chestnut Hill College.  Coach Brandon has been coaching volleyball since 2010, where he started as boys coach in Harrisburg, PA.  Coach Brandon has been coaching girls volleyball since 2014, and created Pinnacle Volleyball Academy in 2015 to focus on quality learning.  Coach Brandon is well known for his technical skills teaching and loves teaching the advanced concepts of the sport of volleyball.

Coach Brandon is currently the Head Coach at Division 2 Chestnut Hill College and was formerly the head coach at Pennridge High School from 2016-2022.  His team won a conference championship in 2020 with an undefeated regular season.  He has coached club teams ranging from age U12 to U18s.  

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Michael Saalfrank-
Technical Director

Coach Mike joined Pinnacle in 2019 as a Technical Advisor for the club.  He has been the Head Varsity Assistant Coach for Pennridge High School since 2017, playing a vital role in the program's turnaround.  Coach Mike performs his role as an assistant coach but floats between several teams as the club's Head Technical Assistant, working with players on individual skill development and positive reinforcement of the coach's team goals.

Coach Mike has been around the game of volleyball for over 30 years and has two daughters that have played collegiately at Gwynned Mercy University, and now Bloomsburg University.  He is an active member of the community and is widely known by all as the "fun" coach, with his main passion being helping youth players to achieve their playing and personal goals.



Caitlin Saalfrank- U17s Head Coach

Caitlin Saalfrank is entering her seventh season as a coach, with experience coaching ages ranging from U13 to U17.  


Caitlin played volleyball at Gwynedd Mercy University from 2017-2021. She played libero at GMU. Over the last 4 seasons, Cait has been named Conference Defensive Player of the Week 5 times. She led the team in digs, digs/set, aces, and aces/set over the last 4 seasons. She also led the conference in digs, digs/set, and aces over the last few seasons. Caitlin was nationally ranked for digs and digs per set throughout her career. 


Caitlin has been playing volleyball since she was a freshman in high school at Pennridge High School, where she played for Coach Brandon. In high school, she was a 2-year varsity starter at libero and was a varsity captain. Caitlin led the team in digs, digs/set, and aces.

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John Barndt- 18s Head Coach 

John Barndt joined the Chestnut Hill College women’s volleyball coaching staff as an assistant prior to the 2018 season. Barndt’s elite collegiate coaching experience will inspire and bring a championship mentality to the club this year.

Collegiately, Barndt held the assistant coach title for Jefferson University from 2015-2017 amassing a 76-19 record. Alongside head coach Moyer, Barndt also contributed to the Jefferson’s three CACC championship appearances and one NCAA appearance (2016). In 2016, he aided in Jefferson University capturing the 2016 CACC Championship title.  Coach John is now the first Assistant at Chestnut Hill College, under Head Coach Tim Moyer.

Barndt started his coaching journey in 2008 at the GPS Crush Volleyball Club and coached at the club through 2016.  Coach John then joined Pinnacle Volleyball Academy in 2017 and has been a head coach of teams ranging from U-15 to U-18.

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Maddie Mosser- U14 Co-Head Coach 

Coach Maddie is joining Pinnacle Volleyball Academy for the first time this year but has two years of experience coaching 14U and 15U teams with other local clubs. She believes that coachability, great work ethic, hustle and mental toughness are the keys to success in volleyball and life. 

As a player, Coach Maddie played four years of high school volleyball at Pennridge High School. She started varsity for two years and was a captain during her senior season. Throughout her high school volleyball career she received the athletic award for athletic achievement, while also being recognized on the Suburban I All league 2nd and Honorable Mentions teams. In addition, she was voted most valuable player for the team. After a great high school career, she went on to play two years of collegiate volleyball at Gwynedd Mercy University. 

She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and recently began working at Merck. She is a member of several volleyball leagues since graduating college and still loves to get out there and play whenever she has the opportunity.  Coach Maddie loves adventure and spending her time traveling to different places where she can experience new things. A fun fact about Coach Maddie is that she has been skydiving, and plans on her next adventure being bungee jumping. 


Julie Booth- Part Time Asst. Coach

Coach Julie has been a coach at Pinnacle Volleyball Academy since 2020 and has been helping with clinics and camps since 2015

Coach Julie is the Junior Varsity Coach at Pennridge High School.  She has coached at Pennridge since 2017 as a varsity assistant and is now the current Junior Varsity Head Coach.  She also played 4 years of varsity volleyball at Pennridge High School as a right sight and defensive specialist.

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Shelby Keller- U12 Blue Head Coach

Coach Shelby Keller is joining Pinnacle Volleyball Academy for the first time this year (2022), but has had a love for volleyball since the 9th grade. She played at Pennridge High School from 1999-2003, then went on to play at Kutztown University as a middle hitter from 2003-2007. After college, Coach Shelby was an assistant coach at Central Bucks East and also coached for GPS Crush Volleyball Club.  She took a break from coaching to start her family, but is now ready to get back into the world of volleyball.


Outside of volleyball, Coach Shelby, is an 8th grade middle school science teacher at Souderton Area School District.  She has been teaching in Souderton since 2009. She has been married to her husband, Dave, for 12 years and has three children.


Colette Paterson-  16s Assistant Coach

Coach Colette Paterson is joining Pinnacle Volleyball Academy as a full-time assistant for the first time this year (2022) after a 4 year career playing for Pinnacle.  Coach Colette is a graduate of Pennridge High School where she played for Coach Brandon as a Middle Blocker and was a member of the team's 2020 Conference championship team.  Coach Colette was a part time assistant for Pinnacle in 2021, assisting with the U16s and U17s teams.

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Coach Carly Ehrgott-
Co-Head Coach U14s

Coach Carly is joining Pinnacle Volleyball Academy for the first time this year (2022), but she has loved the sport of volleyball since she was in fifth grade. Coach Carly played at Saint Catherine of Siena School from 2009-2013, then played at Lansdale Catholic High School for four years from 2013-2017. Coach Carly was on the high school varsity team for three years, playing as defensive specialist. She played club volleyball from 13 years old until 18 years old, where she served as team captain for many years and held position as libero. 


After high school, Carly attended DeSales University and received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She will be working as a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department at Abington Hospital. Carly is excited to get back into volleyball and guide young women to reach their full potential. She believes that great discipline, determination, communication, and confidence can not only help you succeed in volleyball, but in life.

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Mike Mirarchi- Assistant Coach

Coach Mike Mirarchi is again joining Pinnacle Volleyball Academy as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season. Coach Mike  was an assistant to Coach Brandon’s U15 weekly practices for 2021 and assistant for the 16 Blue Open team in 2022. He is also currently assistant Coach for SASH CYO Girls Volleyball. 


My love of the game comes mostly from personal experience of observing my oldest daughter in this program. Watching her grow into a great team mate and player . Seeing her determination, hard work and coach-ability has been an amazing experience over the last year. I’m a believer of what Pinnacle  volleyball program teaches.

I believe I have the tools to help bring these qualities to more young ladies as they grow in this program. 


Outside of volleyball Mike Mirarchi is the owner of Mirarchi Electric and ISCA Construction. Married to Bonnie Mirarchi and raising three daughters. 

Coach Lindsay Derstine-
U12 Blue Assistant Coach

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