Volleyball Australia announces major restructure


Volleyball Australia has announced it will advertise several head coaching positions as part of a restructure heading into the 2020 Olympic cycle.

The positions of head coach of the men’s indoor team, as well as coaches for both the men’s and women’s beach programs, will be thrown open as Volleyball Australia plans its approach to what is shaping as an intense four-year cycle.

“As we are stepping into our 2020 cycle, we are making a number of changes across the organisation both in the way we will administer our sport but also the technical leadership of some of our programs,” Volleyball Australia CEO, Mathieu Meriaux, said.

“Our objectives with this restructure is to deliver sustainable improvement across our performances in both beach and indoor volleyball and across gender, with the clear expectation of multiple medals leading to Tokyo 2020.”

“Between now and the Tokyo Olympics, we have the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will see the debut of beach volleyball, as well as World Championships in both beach and indoor.

“We are also working to bolster opportunities for players from a grass roots level right through to high performance. We have a chance to capitalise on a period of tremendous growth in our sports, so we have to ensure we have the processes in place to make it happen.”

Volleyball Australia will appoint a Pathways Director starting January 2017. This critical position will be responsible for the integration of VA’s pathways across genders and disciplines.

VA is also looking to appoint a new Chief Financial Officer to replace outgoing CFO, Peter King.

“Peter has done a tremendous amount of work for our organisation over the last two years and we need to recruit someone that will continue to solidify our financial capabilities,” Mr Meriaux said.

With 18 months to go until the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Volleyball Australia is also seeking expressions of interest for the role of Commonwealth Games - Beach Volleyball Manager. This position will be employed by Volleyball Australia and seconded to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC). The position description will be forwarded after receipt of expressions of interest.

The successful applicant will have the responsibility of ensuring the smooth running of the beach volleyball competition at the Commonwealth Games.

They will lead the planning and delivery of the sport, and manage the team of volunteers and technical officials during competition and for test events prior to the Games.


Beach Volleyball

The following positions are advertised for the National Training Centre for Beach Volleyball based in Adelaide.


Technical Director/ Head Coach of Beach Volleyball - Reporting to the High Performance Director, the Technical Director/ Head Coach will have strong Beach Volleyball experience and technical expertise to lead the Australian Beach Volleyball programs.


2 Senior Beach Volleyball Coaches

Reporting to the Technical Director/Head Coach, there will be a Senior Coach with primary responsibility for the Women’s helloworld travel Volleyroos programs and a Senior Coach with primary responsibility for the Men’s helloworld travel Volleyroos programs.

Other coaching positions in Beach Volleyball will be advertised after these positions have been filled.

“We were all incredibly inspired by the performance of our two women’s teams at the Rio Olympics, especially the fifth place finish of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy,” Volleyball Australia High Performance Manager, John Boultbee, said.

“We want to build on this over the next four years. We have not qualified a men’s team for beach volleyball since 2008, and we want to make sure we have a strong showing on the Gold Coast in 2018.

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of a strong coaching team, and at Volleyball Australia we want to ensure we have the best possible people in place to help Australia return to the medal podium in Tokyo.”



Women - Volleyball Australia has announced that Shannon Winzer has been re-appointed as Head Coach of the women helloworld travel Volleyroos.

“It is an exciting time for the women helloworld travel Volleyroos and we are pleased that Shannon is going to lead them on this journey,” Mr Boultbee said.

Men - Following the expiration of Roberto Santilli’s contract as Head Coach of the men’s helloworld travel Volleyroos, Volleyball Australia is now recruiting for a Head Coach to lead the Volleyroos in the 2018 World Championship campaign.

“We thank Roberto for his efforts over the past two years with the helloworld travel Volleyroos. Success has been mixed but his efforts, his advice, and especially his work in assisting players to secure good contracts in overseas leagues, are greatly appreciated by Volleyball Australia,” Mr. Boultbee said.

“It is such a busy time for our senior men’s team. Not only do we have the 2018 World Championship campaign, but we have also set ourselves a goal to return to the top level of the prestigious World League.

“And then, of course, we want to return to the Olympics after missing out this year. We will be looking for a coach who can steer our exciting team through this exciting period.”

Advertised positions Summary:


Executive Team:


Chief Financial Officer: Starting November/ December 2016

Position Description attached


Pathways Director: Starting January 2017

Position Description attached




Commonwealth Games – Beach Volleyball Manager: Starting October 2016

Expressions of Interest now open to Mathieu.meriaux@avf.org.au.

Expressions of Interest close 10th October 2016

Position Description will be forwarded on receipt of the EOI.


Beach Volleyball:


Technical Director/ Head Coach of Beach Volleyball: Starting January 2017

Expressions of Interest now open to John.Boultbee@avf.org.au

Expressions of Interest close 15th October 2016

Position description attached


2 Senior Beach Volleyball Coaches: Starting January 2017

Position description attached

Expressions of Interest now open to John.Boultbee@avf.org.au

Expressions of Interest close 15th October 2016


Indoor Volleyball:


Head Coach of the Men’s Volleyroos: Starting 2017 

Expressions of Interest now open to John.Boultbee@avf.org.au

Expressions of Interest close 20th October 2016

Position Description attached

For more information contact Mathieu.meriaux@avf.org.au