Brandon Johnson- Director &
16 Open Head Coach
Coach Brandon is the founder and director of Pinnacle Volleyball Academy. 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, performing small group camps and clinics and now running the club with 9 teams.
Coach Brandon has been the head coach at Pennridge High School since 2016, where he won a conference championship in 2020 and went 13-0. He has coached club teams ranging from age U12 to U18s. Coach Brandon was an Assistant Coach for Division 2 Chestnut Hill College from 2018-2022, stepping away recently to focus on the growth of Pinnacle.
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.
OUR HEAD COACHES:
Caitlin Saalfrank- U17 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.
John Barndt- 16 National 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.
Maddie Mosser- U15s 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- U-14 Head 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.
Mike Fleischacker- U13 Head Coach
Mike "Coach Fly" Fleischacker moved to the east coast from Minnesota about two decades ago. For the past ten years, Coach Fly could be found on the courts combining his love for teaching with his passion for the game of volleyball.
For the past seven years, he has been the head coach for the New Hope-Solebury Middle School team, building the program into a competitive conference contender while creating a steady stream of outstanding players for the Districts high school program.
Since 2019, Coach Fly has been the assistant/technical coach for the New Hope-Solebury girls varsity team. Over these four seasons, the team made it to the district championship match twice and was a two-time PIAA State Tournament quarterfinalist. As a club coach, he has been a head coach of 14Us for three years and an assistant for 14Us and 16Us.
Coach Fly's volleyball philosophy - "Keep swinging!"
Kyle Hill- U12 Head Coach
Coach Kyle joined Pinnacle in 2021, assisting Coach Brandon with his 15 open team. Born in Yardley PA and raised in Sellersville PA, he brings a competitive and a "winners' mindset" approach to his coaching knowing that positivity, discipline, work ethic, and resiliency are all valuable lessons. He attended Marywood University, Scranton PA, as Exercise Science major, playing College soccer.
As a volleyball player, Coach Kyle has a legacy of excellence. He was an integral part of the 2000 Suburban one Champion Pennridge Rams. During his four-year HS Volleyball career, He received 3 varsity letters in addition to being a 2-year varsity starter he received multiple all-tournament team honors.
He still plays both Soccer (united soccer league of PA) and volleyball (power volleyball league Souderton)in adult leagues. He has been part of numerous state and national championship teams as a player and coach. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters.
Shelby Keller- U11/12 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.
OUR ASSISTANT COACHES:
Bella Fleischacker- U13 Assistant Coach
Coach Bella is excited to be joining Pinnacle for the first time as an assistant coach for the 2022-23 season! After having been a player since the 5th grade, she is looking forward to transitioning into the role of coaching.
Coach Bella graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School in 2020, and now attends Temple University as a full-time business student. At New Hope, she was a 4-year varsity starter and played as libero for 3 of those years. During her senior year she achieved 1,000 career digs, First Team All-League, and was named Defensive Player of the Year. At New Hope, she also helped lead the team to three consecutive state-quarterfinal appearances. She also has 5 years of club experience, where she played as libero and served as team captain for several seasons.
Colette Paterson- U14s 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.
Coach Carly Ehrgott- Assistant Coach
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.
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. 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.
John Dougherty- 17s Assistant Coach
John is joining the Pinnacle Volleyball Academy as an assistant coach for the first time this year. He played Volleyball for Wayne Central High School. After high school he went on to play on a national club team ranking in the USA top 10. He continued playing for Pace Bootlegger national club and played Beach volleyball open division for N.O.V.A. He coached the boys’ varsity team for Wayne Central High School in Ontario, NY. After moving to Pennsylvania, he continued his coaching for St. Stans and Mater Dei CYO as the head coach for eight years. Currently, he is the assistant coach for the Lansdale Catholic girls JV and Varsity teams. He believes in emphasizing the fundamentals of volleyball and focusing on creating a positive player and team environment.
He is the co-owner of the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. and lives in Hatfield with his wife Kris and their two daughters.