During Coach Zanni's tenure at Magruder, the girls team has posted 20 consecutive winning seasons (1997-present), won 12 county titles, 12 Magruder Invitational Championships, 3 Regional Championships, 2 Sectional Championships and appeared twice in the state championship match. During this time Magruder has finished ranked #1 in Montgomery County twice (2005 and 2009) and consistently been ranked among the top teams in the county. Additionally, Magruder has finished ranked in the Washington Post Top Ten five times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012). Under Coach Zanni's guidance, Magruder has produced 35 players that have earned All-County honors and two who have earned County Player of the Year (Michelle Fowle, 2009 and Rachel Dougherty, 2004). Additionally, 21 players have earned All-Met honors and 36 players have gone on to compete at the intercollegiate level.
Coach Zanni has won numerous coaching awards. The Montgomery Gazette named Coach Zanni County Coach of the Year twice (2005 and 2009). The Washington Post named Coach Zanni County Coach of the Year in 2009. The now defunct Montgomery Journal named him Montgomery County Coach of the Year in 2001 and in 2004 named Coach Zanni Washington DC area Coach of the Year. That same year (2004) the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) named Coach Zanni Maryland Coach of the Year. In 2007 the same organization (NFHS) named him Eastern Region Coach of the Year and one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year.
Coach Zanni graduated from Penfield High School outside of Rochester New York(class of 1988). A three year letter winner, the teams he played on went 67-1, winning three straight regional titles and the 1987 state championship. He was two time All Western NY volleyball player and Player of the Year in the Rochester area for 1987. He also played two years of club volleyball with Rochester based Pace Bootlegger. He was captain of the 1987-1988 team that won a silver medal at the 18 and under AAU National Championships. In 1998 Coach Zanni was inducted in the Penfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Scott completed an undergraduate degree in Secondary Social Studies Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he played volleyball for 4 years for a Maryland team that at the time played a split varsity/club schedule. During those four years Maryland posted an overall record of 114-21. At Maryland Scott was a three year starter and team captain his senior season. These years would further his development as a player, but his also ignite an interest in coaching as well. Upon graduation in 1992 Scott immediately began his teaching and coaching career at Albert Einstein High School. After three seasons as the girls varsity coach (25-20 overall record) and two seasons as the boys varsity coach (10-18 record), Scott moved to Magruder where he has coached girls volleyball for the past 23 seasons (401-98 record) and coached boys volleyball from 1996-2001 (overall record of 43-24). Scott also spent 8 years coaching boys club volleyball for the Maryland Volleyball Program, taking several teams to the USA National Championships.
After college Scott continued to play competitive volleyball. From 1993-2011 he played for two teams (Maryland Alumni/Nike and Olde Tyme Volleyball) in the USA Volleyball Men’s AA league. These teams won 7 Chesapeake Regional Men's AA Championships and numerous U.S.A. Volleyball tournaments. Coach Zanni has also participated in 8 USA Volleyball National Men’s Championships. In 2002 the Maryland Alumni/Nike won a silver medal at the USA National AA Volleyball Championships and in 1998 the team won a bronze. Coach Zanni was named 1st team All-American in the 1998 National Championship.
Scott is married to Meredith Zanni, a chemistry teacher at Blake High School. They have a daughter, Emily, who was born in May of 2005 and a son Ryan who was born in August of 2007. Their family lives in the Olney area.
Wanda Hsiung-Head JV Coach, 4th year
Wanda Hsiung has been a fixture of DC area volleyball for decades and brings years of playing and coaching experience to the Magruder volleyball program. In 1981 Wanda was hired as the Girls Varsity and Coed Varsity Volleyball Coach (no Varsity boys volleyball then). She served as the Girls Varsity Coach for 35 years, recently retiring from that position and continued as the Coed Varsity Coach until 1992 when Boys Volleyball started. She continues to serve in that position. To date Wanda has coached 70 seasons at Kennedy, which is likely a state record. During her time at Kennedy her teams have won several county titles. She's coached dozens of student-athletes that have earned all-county honors and played collegiate volleyball.
Wanda has also been actively involved in volleyball in the DC area. She (and her husband Shang) created and ran the Maryland Volleyball Program, a boys travel team that competed regionally and nationally. Wanda coached these travel and club teams for well over a decade. Wanda served on the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association for over 20 years, including over 10 years as the region registrar. Wanda has also worked the University of Maryland Women's Volleyball camp (1981-1991) and Men's Volleyball Camp (1992-2004)
Wanda grew up playing volleyball in the Baltimore area and attended Parkdale High School. She lettered in volleyball and gymnastics. After graduation, Wanda attended the University of Maryland, where she played volleyball for four years and was on scholarship the last three. Wanda graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Special and Elementary Education. She's worked as a teacher at Kennedy High School, a substitute teacher in MCPS and currently works at the City of Takoma Park Library.
After graduation Wanda began her coaching career, but also has continued to play volleyball. She played on a Women's AA team from 1978-2000 and still competes in the Women's A/B league. Wanda has played more than 20 USA National Volleyball Championships at a variety of levels and age groups. Wanda is married to Shang Hsiung, who is currently the director of the Volleyball MD club. They have a daughter Amanda who was an all-county volleyball player at Blair.
Geoff Demitz-Varsity Asst. Coach, 17th year
Geoff is a 1985 graduate of Walter Johnson High School. He starred in soccer and coed volleyball (in the 1980's MCPS only offered coed volleyball). His soccer team advanced to the state finals in his senior season and he also was an all-county coed volleyball player. After graduating from WJ Geoff attended Carnegie Mellon for one year before transferring to the University of Maryland to play volleyball. Geoff and Coach Zanni were teammates for three seasons at Maryland. Geoff was a versatile player at Maryland, playing three different positions during his playing career (middle, opposite and outside hitter) making him perhaps the only player in the history of the program to start at three different positions. Geoff also played six seasons with the Maryland Alumni Volleyball Men’s AA team and played in three USA Volleyball National Championships. He still plays recreationally.
While Magruder is Geoff's first coaching experience, he is the longest tenured "volunteer coach" in Montgomery County and is in his 14th year with the program. In doing so Geoff has dedicated his time, energy and efforts into helping develop Magruder's players. During this time his responsibilities have included training the middle hitters and outside hitter, and developing and implementing game strategies. In the 2007 season, Geoff assumed the position of head coach for several weeks while Coach Zanni was on leave with the birth of his son Ryan. For 2015, Geoff will again return as the top varsity assistant and will be a valuable asset to the program.
Geoff currently works in northern Virginia as a software writer. He lives in the Rockville area.
Michelle Fowle: Head Summer League Coach, 3rd year
Michelle is a 2010 graduate of Magruder High School who was a four year letter winner in volleyball. During that time the teams she played on won 88 matches (a school record), 4 MHS Invitational titles, 4 Montgomery County titles and 2 4A West Regional Championships. The 2009 team she captained set a school record with 24 wins and advanced to the 4A State Finals. The team finished the season ranked #1 in Montgomery County and #8 in the Washington Post. In her senior year Michelle was named the Gazette and Washington Post Montgomery County Player of the Year. She currently holds school records for most wins in a career and most kills in a single season. Michelle recently graduated from Coastal Carolina, where she played collegiate volleyball all four years. She is employed in human resources in the DC area. This is Michelle's first coaching experience. In addition to coaching the summer league team, she will be helping out at Saturday practices and most home contests.