Ashburn, VA (August 16, 2015) – Briar Woods senior Jasmine Ellison has committed to play volleyball for American University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“I visited American University in April of this year once I decided that I wanted to attend college at home, said Ellison. At that point the American’s coaches had only seen glimpses of me throughout the years so they wanted to see me play ‘live’ at a tournament. After attending camp this past July, Head Coach Barry Goldberg officially offered me a position on the team, which I accepted immediately.”
Located in the northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, the campus of American University creates meaningful change in the world. With highly ranked colleges and internationally recognized faculty, AU offers an array of academic programs in international service, public policy, international law, and beyond. AU also boasts high rates of student participation in study abroad, internship, community service and Peace Corps programs. The campus has been designated a public garden and arboretum by the American Public Garden Association, with many foreign and exotic plants and trees dotting the landscape. U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges ranked American the #71 Best National University.
“My recruiting experience was fun, said Ellison, but I was so happy and relieved to commit. I got a chance to visit three schools in New York, two in both Virginia and North Carolina, and one in Ohio. But it was American that had all five wish list items I was looking for: close to home, academics, great coaching staff, competitive volleyball program, and family environment.”
Ellison’s head volleyball coach at AU will be Barry Goldberg, the five-time Patriot League, three-time Colonial Athletic Association and 2013 AVCA East Region Coach of the Year. In the past 13 years of league play the Eagles have a 173-11 record, were Conference Champions 14 of the last 17 years, and made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 17 years.
“My goal is to work hard, get better every day with my teammates. First I’d like to help Briar Woods repeat at VHSL 5A State Champions, then help American win another Patriot League Championship and make another run in the NCAA tournament”
Asked what were her fondest memories of playing high school volleyball Ellison shared, “I have had an opportunity to play with some of the best volleyball players on the east coast. I’ve also been coached by two of the best head coaches in Loudoun County–Marsha Hermes at Briar Woods and Linda Lachey-Helms at Potomac Falls. But one of my fondest memories has to be winning the 5A State Championship with Briar Woods.”
“I am very thankful for my mom and dad for supporting me since I first started playing club. They put in as many hours as I have. Whether it was waking up early on the weekends to take me to private lessons, or working hard at their jobs so I could play elite level club volleyball and travel around the country. They played a huge part in me being committed; made it so I can play the game I love to play, never giving up on me throughout the entire process.”
Asked what advice she’d share with anyone pursuing their dreams, Ellison replied, “I would say that a dream stops being a dream when you make it a reality. Which means that you can achieve any dream as long as you put in the work and time. If you really want something, you have to stay focused, committed and go out and get it. Never give up on that dream, even when it seems impossible to achieve. If you push yourself, you’ll find the success you’re looking for.”
Please join us in wishing Jasmine Ellison the very best in her success on the court, and in pursuit of a pre-medicine undergraduate degree at American University.
In her three years as a high school outside hitter, Ellison has received the following individual honors for her volleyball play:
2015 Prep Volleyball-High School All American-Watch List for Right Side Hitters
2014 All-Loudoun Volleyball team
2014 Virginia 5A All-State – 1st Team
2014 Virginia 5A All-Region – 1st Team
2014 Virginia 5A All-Conference – 1st Team
2014 Briar Woods HS – 5A Virginia State Champions
2014 Briar Woods HS – 5A North Region Champions
2014 Briar Woods HS-Potomac District & Conference Champs
2013 All-Loudoun 2013 Honorable Mention
2013 All-Conference 14 Girls Volleyball – 2nd Team