Volleyball Australia is pleased to announce that Andrew Schacht has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Beach Volleyball National Program (the Beach Volleyroos) to oversee our Olympic Campaign from now until the Tokyo Olympics.

Andrew has worked as a coach within the program since 2009 and in 2016 became the Head Coach of the Men’s Beach Volleyroos. He coached Damien Schumann and Chris McHugh to a Gold Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and he will remain the Head Coach of the men’s teams, whilst taking over the leadership of the whole beach volleyball program. Prior to that, he was a member of the Men’s National (indoor) Team in 1995, and an athlete in the beach program from 1996 to 2008, competing in 118 World Tour events and winning a Bronze Medal at the World Championships in 2007. He was an Olympian in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

“As our program narrows its focus on the campaign for Tokyo 2020, its essential for us to have strong technical leadership of the Beach Volleyroos on the ground in the National Training Centre at SASI in Adelaide and at the numerous World and Asian Tour events and Championships which our several teams will compete in”, said John Boultbee, VA’s Director of High Performance. “Andrew has the experience as an Olympic athlete and as a long time coach in the program and is ideally placed to lead the program in Adelaide. It’s a very busy and intense time for our players seeking Olympic selection and ultimately seeking medals in Tokyo, so this is an absolute priority for us. We are fortunate to have someone with Andrew’s experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to take on this role.”     

Andrew said “I am excited to take on the Head Coach role. I will be using all my experience as an athlete and coach to help drive the National Program and Australian beach volleyball well into the next decade. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to work with a great group of athletes and staff in Adelaide. Our continued aim as a Beach Volleyball High Performance Program is to take on the world as well as embracing the hard working and passionate beach volleyball community across the country.”

The coaching team in Adelaide consists of Kirk Pitman, Senior Women’s Coach, Andrew Schacht, Senior Men’s Coach, Mick Nelson, Men’s Coach, Tom Kroeger, Women’s Coach, Ben Haines, Physical Performance Coach, assisted by Simon Naismith as Program Operations Manager and Senior Performance Analyst, and other service providers. “We are greatly assisted in this campaign by our partner Institute SASI, as well as the AIS” Mr. Boultbee said.