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 in 2021 he is taking a year off coaching to be with his family. We look forward to having him back as part of the coaching team in 2022.


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

Emily Saunders is a Level 2 coach and a level 1 referee.  She has come from an elite gymnastics background and she plays in the Division 1 Women’s AFL Team at Diamond Creek.  She is one of the head coaches in the Junior Development Program and encourages everyone to be the best they can.



Charlotte SaundersCharlotte 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.



Amy SaundersAmy Saunders is a level 1 coach and a level 2 volleyball referee.  She coaches in the Junior Development Program and plays with the club in the Reserves 1 B Team and the Eltham High School Division 1 Team.  She also plays AFL footy and comes from an elite gymnastics background. She strives to make training a fun and inclusive environment for all.



Victoria DayVictoria Day is coaching for the first time at the club and is currently helping to coach the U17 Boys Team. She has vast experience with volleyball. She is currently playing at her school, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, where she is also in Year 12 and at HVC where she is part of the Reserves 1 A Team. Her speciality is being very loud and talking a lot. She loves being the cheer squad and rallying everyone together so that everyone has the best experience playing volleyball.

Ashleigh May is coaching her second 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.