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.
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 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 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.
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.