Volleyball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Marty Collins as the new Head Coach of the Women Volleyroos, taking over from Shannon Winzer, who is moving to a new role with Volleyball Canada.

Marty was selected from a strong field of international and Australian applicants.He has an Exercise and Sports Science background and is an FIVB Level 3 Coach.

He has been the Assistant Coach of the Women Volleyroos since 2017, and formerly a Junior and Youth Men’s National Team Head Coach. A Queenslander, he has been coaching at the VA Centre of Excellence in Canberra since 2015. He had honed his skills as National Coaching Director for the Papua New Guinea Volleyball Federation, where he was head coach of all the national teams–both men’s and women’s, indoor and beach. In this role he guided the nascent PNG teams to success in both disciplines, with Pacific Games success, as well as beating New Zealand and Thailand national indoor teams, and winning matches in AVC Beach Tour events.

Marty brings a strong technical understanding to the team, as well as familiarity with the Women Volleyroos’ development over the past two years where they have moved from a ranking of 100 to a ranking of 30.

John Boultbee, VA’s Director of High Performance says, “Marty understands better than most where we are in women’s volleyball in the world and what is needed to succeed even further. He comes with strong recommendations from other coaches he has worked with, and from the players he has assisted. VA is keen to see the direction taking under Shannon Winzer continued, so that the positive development of the team is taken to a further level.We are confident that Marty is the person to do that.”

And Marty is pleased to take up the role. As Marty relates, “I’m very proud to lead this team and to continue to develop what Shannon has implemented over the past few years. I’m excited that Volleyball Australia has given me this opportunity to continue working with this hardworking team. The Volleyroo's has a strong culture and are highly professional in how they represent their country which we will need as we build towards having a performance at the Asian Championships in order to progress into an Olympic Qualification tournament.”

The Volleyroos will start their 2019 international season with a tour to Europe in May where they will play eightmatches against European, African and South American national teams. Then in July, they will play in the Asian Championships in Korea, with the aim of qualifying for the Asian Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament, which will be held in January of 2020.