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. David has countless accolades winning State league Premier Women Coach of the year in 2018, WRSA coach of the year 4 times, Volleyball Horsham and Volleyball Victoria Life Member. “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

Tim has been a head coach in the state program along with being awarded WRSA coach of the year in 2016. 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 three occasions and an “A” grade most valuable player eight 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.”

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. Kara’s is an experienced coach having coached in state league and assistant coach in the state program many times. Kara is looking forward to passing on her knowledge to the next generation of players.