Volleyball Australia has appointed Nam Pham, with more than 20 years’ experience with the sport, to the newly created position of National Pathways Director.
Pham has extensive experience as a coach, a manager and an administrator within volleyball, and most recently has been General Manager of State Volleyball NSW, and head coach of the Australian Junior Women’s Volleyball Development Program.
He also holds the positions of mentor coach for State Volleyball NSW, and the head coach of the UTSSU men’s AVL team and the UTS women’s honours team.
"It’s an exciting time to be involved with Volleyball Australia,” Pham said.
“I look forward to working together with the community and stakeholders, and hope my experience and passion will continue the development of the sport."
The Pathways Director will work to maximise opportunities for athletes, coaches and officials throughout the Volleyball Australia system.
Pham will work with the Director of Sport Participation and the High Performance Director, with a strong focus on Volleyball Australia’s Centres of Excellence and the Australian beach volleyball network.
Volleyball Australia CEO, Mathieu Meriaux, said the appointment of Nam Pham was an important piece in the sport’s big picture jigsaw.
“Volleyball Australia identified a need for a pathways director to help drive the sport into the future, and to make sure every possible opportunity is given to everyone involved in the sport to maximise their opportunities,” Mr Meriaux said.
“The quality of the applicants was outstanding. We are confident with Nam’s experience and passion, he will bring to the position exactly what we need.
“It is an exciting time for both beach and indoor volleyball in Australia, so it’s important we have the best possible team in place to steer us into the future. Nam Pham is a perfect fit.”
Volleyball Australia will work closely with Volleyball NSW through the transition period, with Pham not due to start with VA until a replacement is found in NSW.