Marymount Volleyball Clinics

Beth Ann Wilson

Head Womens Volleyball Coach

Wilson is in her 23rd season as the Head Coach of the Marymount University Womens Volleyball program. Named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006, she has acquired a 373-374 career record with the Saints.


Since 1993, the program has recorded 12 seasons over .500 and 10, 20-plus win seasons. Last years 2014 campaign set a program mark for victories with 28, beating the previous record of 26 set in 2012. Also an 2014, the program earned a NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ranking. The last ranking the Saints received was in 2006 when the program went 24-9 and won the CAC Regular-Season Championship.


Under Wilsons leadership, Marymount has had 32 All-CAC selections, one CAC Rookie of the Year, three AVCA All-Region Selections and two Honorable Mention All-Americans. Four of her former players, Suzanne Dougherty, Chris Ann Becki, Jennifer Baize, and Mary Carroll, are in the Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame.


Johannah Zabal

Assistant Womens Volleyball Coach

Zabal is in her sixth season as an assistant coach with the Marymount University womens volleyball team. A defensive specialist for the Saints from 2005-06, her teams finished second in the Capital Athletic Conference twice while winning the 2006 regular-season title.


Zabal earned her B.S. in Health Promotion Management from MU after a two-year playing career at Catonsville Community College. She is a certified personal trainer (NSCA-CPT) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and will oversee all strength and conditioning for the squad. She has also coached for numerous camps and clinics throughout the area.


Beyond her coaching skills for volleyball, Zabal also heads the Strength and Conditioning program for the Saints.

Sarah Bernson

Assistant Coach – American University

Sarah Bernson enters her third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Eagles after helping lead the Eagles to their 11th Patriot League Championship and first NCAA Tournament wins in program history during the 2013 campaign. Bernson joined the coaching staff prior to the 2012 season after eight years at Cornell University and the last three seasons as the head coach, bringing over 12 years of collegiate coaching experience to American.


In her time at Cornell, she helped develop 19 All-Ivy performers and helped the program to Ivy League titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 with two NCAA Tournament appearances. She was in charge of recruting and worked with the programs first All-American in school history and all-time kills leader. In 2011, Cornells recruiting class earned a national ranking from PrepVolleyball.From 2001-2004, Bernson served as an assistant coach at California State University at Monterey Bay and assisted in their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. She was in charge of recruiting and technical skills training and helped CSUMB athletes garner the programs first postseason honors. She also created and ran the Monterey Volleyball Club, a youth development program geared to middle school and high school student-athletes.


Bernson played collegiately as an outside and right side hitter at Saint Marys (Calif.) before an injury in 1998. She was named team captain during her senior season. Bernson also coached the New Mexico Juniors and Lamorinda Volleyball Clubs while in college, and helped lead Albuquerque to regional titles. In high school, she was an All-State middle blocker from Albuquerque, N.M. and helped St. Pius X to a state title in 1994.


Bernson graduated from Saint Marys (Calif.) in 1999 with a bachelors degree in English and Art.