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Volleyball Australia Men’s Volleyroos program changes

Volleyball Australia Men’s Volleyroos program changes

Volleyball Australia (VA) has today announced changes to the coaching team of the national Men’s Volleyroos program.

Long time Australian National Team coach, Dan Ilott, has been appointed interim Men’s Volleyroos Head Coach following coach Dave Preston’s decision to return to Canada. 

Preston, who led the program over the past two seasons, cited continued uncertainty over program funding and its negative impact on Australia’s capacity to implement a program of a high enough standard to develop athletes for the 2032 Olympic Games as key drivers to his departure.  

While Volleyball Australia is currently engaging in a strategic planning process with the Australian Institute of Sport for the 2028 Olympic cycle and beyond, VA understands the frustrations and limitations currently facing coaches within the Australian sporting landscape.

During his tenure, Preston led the campaigns for the 2022 Volleyball Nations League and Volleyball Challenge Cup and the 2023 Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup.  He introduced exciting new talent to the group and began to build the depth of the men’s program, a critical component of the endeavour to establish a medal potential team in 2032.  

Ilott will take on the interim role with immediate effect, having recently returned from a national program post in Germany, and will lead the team in its 2024 campaign including the AVC Challenge Cup tournament in June.

Ilott is an experienced National Team campaigner, with roles at the 2000, 2004 and 2012 Olympics and a four-year cycle at the helm of the German Under 20 Team.

“Coaching in the German system was a great experience, and I am excited to be back in Australia and to be given the opportunity to apply what I have learned to our national men’s team,” Ilott said.

Brendan Garlick will continue in his role as current Men’s coach at the Australian Volleyball Academy and Assistant Volleyroos Coach.

Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said, “It is disappointing to lose someone of Dave’s calibre and experience, but it is fantastic to have two experienced home-grown coaches in these roles and we are confident in Dan and Brendan’s ability to lead a successful campaign.” 

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