Our Coaches

Andrew McCaskill is in his third year at the Club as the Premier Women’s Coach. Andrew is a National Level 3 (Elite Coach) and FIVB Level 3 coach, with over 20 years experience including coaching in excess of 250 international games.  Andrew has been involved with the National Men’s senior and junior programs every year since 2006 and has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge along the way. Andrew has also coached at the school, club and State levels in Queensland since 2002 before moving to Melbourne in 2018. Andrew is very committed to developing players’ Growth Mindset and improving the strategic aspects of the game. See attached bio for more details.


Lafayete Pauludetti is a Level 2 coach and has been the Head Coach of the Club’s Junior Program for the past 3 years, and in that time he has created an exciting program of training and competition for our young athletes. With his vast experience as a player in Brazil, Spain, Italy, UK and Australia, he is very excited to be able to offer the developing junior players an opportunity to participate in the Junior Victorian Volleyball League.
He aims to provide a challenging yet enjoyable team environment.




Bassel Nakhleh has been coaching in the Club’s Junior Development Program for the past 3 years and has assisted with the transition of players through to the open age Club teams competing in the VVL. He was a player with the Syrian National Men’s team before moving to Australia two years ago, and he has recently been appointed to an assistant coaching position with the State Team program and this year will coach one of our Div 2 Women’s team. See attached bio for more details.





Trevor Skinner has played in domestic competition as well as representing Australia in senior competition overseas. He has captained Heidelberg Volleyball Club in the Australian National Volleyball League (now called the AVL) and has represented Victoria both as a senior and junior player. Trevor has also coached for many years at the secondary school level and has coached one of the Club’s Div 2 teams in the VVL. This vast teaching experience along with his insight into how the game is played at an advanced level, enables Trevor to teach more than just the technical skills. His experience and “on court game” awareness allows him to pass on advanced strategic knowledge to his players. See attached bio for more details.


Nicholas Wilcox started playing volleyball in high school in Sydney and then began playing in the Victorian Volleyball League (VVL) competition after moving to Melbourne in 2005. He finished his playing career in 2010 and immediately started coaching the women’s teams for Melbourne University Renegades in the VVL.
In 2019 Nicholas started coaching Heidelberg Volleyball Club Women’s Div 2 team and is an assistant coach with the Women’s Reserve Team.
He has also been an assistant coach at camps for the Women’s National Junior Development Program.


Emily Saunders is a Level 2 coach at Heidelberg Volleyball club. She has come from an elite gymnastics background and she plays Australian Rules Football. She is also a player in the Div 2 State League team for HVC.  She specialises in the junior development squads and this year will be coaching her first State League Junior Girls Team.



Charlotte Saunders is a level 2 coach. She currently coaches the under 13’s mixed volleyball players in the junior development program.  Her speciality is to make sure that everyone’s technique is improving whilst providing a fun and enjoyable environment.



Ashleigh May is coaching her first year as a club coach although she has many years of experience, coaching school teams. Ashleigh is one of the most senior players within the club and has enjoyed having the opportunity to coach a VVL team. Her qualifications as a teacher and her playing experience means Ashleigh will be able to deliver very good technical and tactical training sessions as she works with athletes who are relatively new to the VVL environment.