Our Coaches

Matt PerryMatt Perry began his volleyball career in the early 80s, playing with Frankston in the Victorian State League. Matt was selected for the National team in 1984 and enjoyed a year in Canberra, training full time with the inaugural AIS squad. Upon returning to Victoria Matt joined Heidelberg, playing with some legends of the game. In 1990 he moved to Sydney, to join the new National team base at Homebush, until retiring from the National team in 1994. Matthew played in the AVL for Victoria, NSW and AIS from 1983 until 2004.
Matt continued to play competitive volleyball after National and State representation, firstly with the Sydney Cedars, then teams in Singapore and New England (USA), where he worked, and most recently with Mornington; back in the Victorian State League once again, 40 years after first playing in the competition.
Upon returning to Victoria from overseas, Matthew coached the Monash men’s Honours team for four years, and the Vultures AVL team for two seasons before rejoining Heidelberg, where he is delighted to be coaching the Premier 1 Women’s team for the second year in 2023.

Johann Bancilhon started playing volleyball when he was 15 years old for his school. At the age of 17, Johann started playing with the “Racing Club de Maurice,” a very successful top division team in Mauritius. Johann won the Mauritian Junior Championship, being the captain. Johann was also playing with the senior team. In 1997, Johann played for the University of Cape Town and then moved to Melbourne.
While studying here, Johann played with Eastside Hawks, Heidelberg, Camberwell Cobras, and finished his career with Yarra. Johann also played AVL.
Johann now coaches Prem 2 women, and is assistant coach of Prem 1 at Dandenong Volleyball Club, while coaching the Prem 1 Men Heidelberg team. He started the year well with a win at Warrnambool 2023, beating reigning champion Melbourne University. Johann holds a level 2 coaching accreditation.

Jonny KoureskasJonny Koureskas is a level 2 coach and is an integral part of HVC. He joined the club in 2007 when there were only 4 state league teams. Jonny founded the Northern Volleyball League and was instrumental in developing the Junior Development Program.
He is currently coaching 2 of the 9 state league teams in 2022 with his focus being on developing the men’s program at HVC where he is currently the Coach of the men’s Premier 2 team and the Reserves 3 Men/Junior Boys 1 team.
Jonny has successfully coached up to 9 teams and was part of the coaching staff that won the club championship in 2011. He has also coached the U19 Victorian State Team in 2016.
In 2022, Jonny’s Premier 2 Women Team WON the SVL Championships.

Carly May has been at Heidelberg Volleyball Club for 15 years and has been an active player and coach. Carly started as a junior at the club and has played In the Premier women’s team for 13 years. Carly is also a keen Netballer playing state league for 3 years. Since retiring from volleyball, Carly has started coaching Junior volleyball on a Thursday Night at Narrandjeri Stadium and is also the Premier Women’s assistant coach. Carly has a range of knowledge and experience when it comes to Volleyball. Carly has represented Victoria for the Victorian Beach State Team U19 and Victorian Indoor State Team in U17, U19 and U21 division and won X2 gold, X1 silver and X1 bronze medal. She has also played in the Australian Volleyball league representing Melbourne University Blues winning the National Championships 2 years in a row. Her qualifications as a teacher and her playing experience means Carly will be able to deliver very good technical and tactical training sessions as she works with athletes who are developing their skills to become better volleyball players.

Emily SaundersEmily Saunders is a Level 2 coach and a level 1 referee.  She has come from an elite gymnastics background and has played in the Division 1 Women’s AFL Team at Diamond Creek.  Prior to 2020, she played for Heidelberg in the Reserves 1 Women’s Team.  She is one of the head coaches in the Junior Development Program and is also the Junior Boys State League Team Coach and an assistant coach to the Reserve 3 Men’s Team in 2023. Her passion is to encourage everyone to be the best they can.

Charlotte SaundersCharlotte Saunders is a level 2 coach. She currently coaches the beginner players in the mixed volleyball Junior Development Program. She is also one of our Tournament Day Coaches and has coached many teams to place gold, silver and bronze.

Her speciality is to make sure that everyone’s technique is improving whilst providing a fun and enjoyable environment.

Amy SaundersAmy Saunders is a level 1 coach and a level 2 volleyball referee. She coaches in the Junior Development Program and prior to 2023 played with the club in the Reserves 1 B Team and the Eltham High School Honors Team. She also plays AFL footy with Eltham Panthers and comes from an elite gymnastics background. This year she is coaching the Junior Girls 2 State League Team. She strives to make training a fun and inclusive environment for all.

Claire SemmensClaire Semmens is a level 2 referee and Level 1 Volleyball Coach with 7 years of volleyball experience. She currently plays in Heidelberg’s Reserves 1 Women’s State League team. She is coaching for the third year at the club and enjoys seeing the juniors having fun, as well as helping them hone their volleyball skills. Currently she mainly coaches U17 girls while occasionally helping out in coaching the U17 and U15 boys.

Ashleigh May is coaching her fourth year as a club coach, although she has many years of experience, coaching school teams. Ashleigh is one of the most senior players within the club and has enjoyed having the opportunity to coach the Reserve”s 3 Women’s State League Team. Her qualifications as a teacher and her playing experience means Ashleigh will be able to deliver very good technical and tactical training sessions as she works with athletes who are relatively new to the SVL environment.

Angad Bhatia is a level 1 coach in the Junior Development Program at Darebin and assistant coaching under Emily for the Junior Boys 2 State League Team in 2023.  He was also a St. Johns Ambulance Junior First Aider for 2 years with 380 hours on duty.
He has played soccer for u16 and u13 soccer team for Kingsbury United during Primary School and has played tennis for 3 years at West Lalor Tennis Club until he started playing State League last year. Angad is currently playing in the Reserves 3 Men’s Team.

Liam Mathieson is a Level 1 referee and Level 1 Volleyball Coach with 3 years of volleyball experience. He currently plays in Heidelberg’s Prem 2 Men’s State League Team and is a coach for the Junior Development Program on a Thursday night at the CLC. This is his first-year coaching volleyball, but has previous experience coaching local AFL back home in Swan Hill. He enjoys seeing the juniors having fun and gradually developing and honing their skills.

Carlo Pacioni started playing volleyball in high school when he was 14 years old and moved on to competitive volleyball at 16, joining the AP Palocco (now Roma Volley). He continued playing competitively in Italy for 12 years, the last five of which he spent playing in League C (back in those days, in Italy there were four professional categories, from the top: league A1, A2, B1 and B2. League C was the first level down from these, where players would not receive a salary but would have everything paid for), where he missed out on the promotion to League B2 by landing fourth at the play-off. Between 1996 and 2001, he was also a volleyball referee and participated in several ‘arbitriadi’ (an off-season tournament where official FIPAV referees play, and coaches and technical staff referee) representing Perugia, where they gained the national champion title in 2001. He assisted coaching the U16 men and coached the social women team at the Vet school in Perugia for one year. He stopped playing due to injuries and travelling, but after a 17-year long break, in 2021 he returned to playing in the Premier 2 Men’s Team and coaching for Heidelberg Volleyball Club in conjunction with the Eltham High School team who are playing under the HVC banner.

Julia Jergovic has been with Heidelberg Volleyball Club since 2017 as a player, and has been coaching since 2021. She have been playing in the State League Competitions since 2019 under various levels, where she is currently playing for the Women’s Reserves 1 Team.

She is a Level 2 coach and mostly coaches in the Junior Development Program at PEGS. She also coaches at the Maribyrnong Competitions and at various tournaments, where she has led several teams to win gold and silver.

She is a patient and friendly coach who likes to create an enjoyable and welcoming environment for players. She plans her drills around what players would like to improve on and what they enjoy doing the most, where she likes to include fun games and drills that simulate situations that happen in matches while developing players’ technical and mental skills from a young age. She is also studying to become a Secondary School teacher, where she has also picked up subjects related to coaching, meaning that she is well experienced with educating and engaging players.

Joe Chahine is a Level 1 coach who started playing volleyball at the age of 7 because his father played in a Div 1 team.

Joe played with the Div 1 volleyball team Amchit for 2 years, Hamat for 2 years and he also played with his university team.

At the age of 9 he also began playing soccer and it became a profession as he played with the U19 Atletico Madrid for 3 years.

He has 5 years MMA experience and 3 years as a volunteer at Red Cross.

In 2022 he began coaching with Heidelberg at the Friday Night Social Competition in Maribyrnong where he coached the Junior Girls team to the Grand Final, in which they won. They won the 1st tournament (Dragon City, Bendigo) too.

In 2023 he was selected to coach the Junior Girls 1 (JG1) team and the Reserve 3 Women (RW3 teams
We won the state Gold for the JG1, and Silver for RW3.  He coached the PW2, and assisted the Reserve Men E team.

He also played in the Premier Men 2 (PM2) after moving to Australia in 2022.

He’s also coached Northcote High School.

Joe is known as the loudest coach in the state and off court on the sidelines his favourite phrase is Yalla Habibi which means Hurry Up Darling.