After two seasons as the Loudoun County junior varsity volleyball coach, Sherrilyn Hanna has been tabbed as the next coach of the powerhouse Raiders varsity team.
Hanna’s eldest daughter Marguerite played on the Raiders’ first state championship team in 2007 and her younger daughter Julianne, won two state titles and was a 2009 All-Met under former coach Jenica Brown. Brown resigned in January along with her brother and assistant coach Jarod after 12 seasons at the helm.
“John Brown [Jenica’s father] had my girls playing volleyball and recruited me to coach when we moved to Loudoun County from Missouri 11 years ago,” Hanna said. “I’ve coached over a decade of club volleyball and certainly have a good rapport with the parents and kids.”
Hanna was a basketball and volleyball player at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. She takes over a program that was built from the ground up by the Brown family as the Raiders have claimed six of the last seven Virginia High School League state championships.
Last fall, the Raiders (31-0) went wire-to-wire as the Post’s No. 1 team and dropped just two sets en route to the Virginia 4A title. Sophomore University of North Carolina commit Taylor Borup and junior Olivia Aycock will be integral parts of a 2014 team that loses five seniors including All-Met Player of the Year Maggie Phillips and first-team libero Kelsey Slack.
“I have big shoes to fill, and I have the utmost respect for the program the Browns have created,” Hanna said. “I’m going to focus on the process and team chemistry, and if I focus on the process, the rest of it will take care of itself.”
Hanna currently coaches the Virginia Elite club team’s 13-year-old age group but hasn’t decided if she will continue in that capacity moving forward.