Volleyball Horsham academy program




HEAD COACH – David Berry

David’s first state coaching appointment came in 1983 when he assisted the great Tomas Santamaria with the Victorian Under 17 boys and it was there he developed a passion for coaching. “I like to see kids having a go and trying their best to become the best players they can be. Volleyball is a truly great team sport as what other sport requires its players to play defense, play offense, play tall, play short, be quick, brave and smart – all in a 9m x 9m space with five other people on court at the same time. ”

BOY’S COACH – Tim Popple

This is Tim’s first coaching appointment and comes at a time where his own boys are starting out in the game. Tim is one of the most decorated players in the Association having played in three gold medal winning Country Champs division two teams and been a Country Championship All Star on two occasions and an “A” grade most valuable player three times. “I have been fortunate to have a great playing career and now it’s time to give something back to the sport that has been so good to me.”


Nathan got the taste for coaching when he took the St Brigid’s College division three U17 girls to a fourth placed finish at the 2013 National Schools Cup. Nathan has been a dual MVP at Association level and was the Western Phantoms division two runner up and MVP in the past two seasons.

GIRL’S COACH – Kara Johnson

Kara is one of the most decorated players in the Association having won back to back Country Championship division one gold medals to go with her Country Championship division two gold and three State Schools Cup silver medals. Kara knows what it’s like to overcome adversity having her fair share of ankle operations in order to play the game she loves. This is Kara’s first coaching appointment and she is looking forward to passing on her knowledge to the next generation of players.


Maddie is taking on her first ever coaching appointment with the Academy girl’s squad. Maddie has been on the periphery of the Association’s best women players and has a Country Championships division two silver medal and division one gold medal to her credit.