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 third year in 2024.

Johann Bancilhon is a level 2 coach and 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 Ranges. Johann also played in the AVL.
Johann is currently coaching the Premier 1 Men’s Heidelberg Team, where in 2023 they won the championships for their division. He also won Volleyball Coach of the Year through Volleyball Victoria.

Jonny KoureskasJonny Koureskas is a level 2 coach and is an integral part of HVC. Jonny is the Vice President 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 4 of the 16 state league teams in 2024 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 1 Men Teams.
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 and in 2023 Jonny’s Reserve 3 Men Team won State League for their division. In 2024 he is coaching the State Women 1 West Team and the Premier Women 2 Team alongside some new coaches to the club.

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. She currently plays with the Senior Women Football at Eltham. 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 State 3 Men North Coach. Last year she was the assistant coach to the Reserve 3 Men’s Team in 2023 where they won the Grand Final in their divisions. 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.

CeliaCelia Evans is Level 2 coach and has been playing volleyball for 30 years. She was a late starter to the sport and began playing with her university team and Coburg VC in the early 90s. She then joined the Preston Falcons starting in State Leagues Div 2 and then Div 1. She moved to the UK after completing her degree and continued to train with Polonia Ladies VC in London. After moving back to Melbourne a few years later, she continued to play socially until her daughter joined Heidelberg VC in 2022. Not one to sit on the bench, she offered to help coach the juniors with the JDP and once again the passion for competitive sport was reignited. She has coached both boys and girls at the Marby tournaments, was the assistant coach for the Junior Girls 2 and assistant coach to Volleyball Victoria’s U15 Girls team whom won Gold at the AYVC. She is currently our U17 Girls Black team coach and, after a 24 year hiatus, is back playing State League with our Res 3 Womens team. Nothing inspires her more than to assist our developing juniors take the first leap into the competition circuit and watch them grow into exceptional athletes and positive team players. She is also a competitive horse rider and show jumper when not jumping herself around the Volleyball courts.

Amy SaundersAmy Saunders is a level 2 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 Senior Women and comes from an elite gymnastics background. This year she is coaching the State Women 3 North Team and plays in the Premier Women 2 Team with HVC. She strives to make training a fun and inclusive environment for all.

Claire SemmensClaire Semmens is a level 2 referee and Level 2 Volleyball Coach with 8 years of volleyball experience. She currently plays in Heidelberg’s Premier Women 2 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. She mainly coaches in the Junior Development Program and Social Games where she looks after the U17 girls and occasionally helps out 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 Singh Bhatia, a level 1 coach, currently Head coaches the Heidelberg U17 Silver State League squad with the assistance of Bernice Neoh and Ekeesha Bhatia. Additionally, he actively contributes to the Junior Development Program at Darebin and Lalor Secondary College, mentoring beginner to intermediate players. His journey in State League commenced in 2022, playing for the Division 1 Junior State League team. The subsequent year, he captained the Division 3 men’s squad to a championship victory, earning the MVP title from Volleyball Victoria for his performance, having received the most MVP votes during the season. Presently, Angad continues to excel as a player and captain in the State 1 Men’s squad.
Beyond volleyball, Angad served as a St. John’s Ambulance Junior First Aider for two years, accumulating 380 hours on duty. He was also heavily active on the football field, representing the u16 and u13 teams for Kingsbury United during Primary School. Furthermore, he honed his skills in tennis for three years at West Lalor Tennis Club and St. Luke’s Tennis Club.

Liam Mathieson is a level 1 referee and level 2 Volleyball Coach with 4 years of volleyball playing experience. He currently plays in Heidelberg’s Premier 2 Men’s State League Team and is a coach for the Junior Development Program and a State 2 Men North Coach with HVC. This is his second 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.

Leon VangLeon Vang is a level 1 coach who has been coaching for almost 2 years. He started playing for the HVC State League in 2022 with Emily in the Junior Boys 1 Team and has also played volleyball at Mount Ridley College for 6 years. He played as middle blocker in the Juniors, moving to setter in the Reserves 3 Men before switching to a pass hitter mid season where his team won the Reserves 3 Men Division in 2023 with Jonny Koureskas as Head Coach and Emily Saunders as Assistant Coach. He currently plays for HVC State Men 1 as a pass hitter and this is his first year coaching the Youth State U17 White Team. He also coaches in the Junior Development Program at Darebin.

Chi Umali has been playing volleyball for more than 13 years. She played competitively during her University days and coached volleyball in her former high school as well. Growing up, she watched Kesinee Lithwat and Roch Sison-Lim play volleyball in the Philippine league and has been trained in a varsity team, lead by coaches who are now on the Philippine Volleyball Team. She enjoys giving tips and tricks on how to perform better on court. Chi is playing in the State 1 Women’s Team this year and is one of the Youth State U17 Girls Team coaches in 2024 and is also a coach in our Junior Development Program.

Monty Spitzenberg is in his first year at HVC as a Level 1 volleyball coach assisting Johnny with the prems and reserve mens team. He brings a fresh perspective and eagerness to make a positive impact on our team and players. His passion for volleyball is the driving force behind his decision to step into the coaching role, and it fuels his commitment to helping our athletes grow and succeed both on and off the court.
His enthusiasm and dedication set the tone for a supportive and encouraging team environment where players feel motivated to improve and strive for excellence. As a Level 1 coach, he may be new to coaching, but his love for the game and eagerness to learn and develop his coaching skills make him a valuable asset to the team.
Volleyball holds a special place in his heart, serving as a platform for personal growth, teamwork, and camaraderie. The game represents a blend of strategy, skill, athleticism, and sportsmanship that he deeply values and aims to instill in our players. Through coaching, he aims to share not just his technical knowledge of the sport but also the values of discipline, teamwork, and resilience that volleyball has taught him.
His journey as a Level 1 volleyball coach at HVC is not just about teaching the game but also about building a community, fostering growth, and creating memorable experiences for our players.

Alessio Teoh is a level 1 coach who has been coaching for 2 years at the Heidelberg Junior Development program at Narrandjeri Stadium. He started playing for the HVC State League in 2021 with Jonny K for the Reserve 2 Men’s team at 15. He has also played volleyball at Marcellin College for 6 years where he earnt many awards including State Schools Cup Div 1 MVP and AGSV representative team. He currently captains as the youngest player on the HVC Premier Men 2 as a pass hitter and this is his first year coaching the Youth State U17 Boys Black Team.

Ozgur (Oscar) Toraman began his volleyball career in 1992 in Turkey. After his rapid development, he was selected for the national team in 1995 and played for three years. From 1998 to 2018, he played competitively in Turkey for 20 years. There were four professional categories in Turkey. Super League, 1st, 2nd and 3rd league. He played in the 1st league for five years in Yesilyurt Sports Club, various 2nd and 3rd league clubs for eight years, and the rest with the university and corporate leagues (Vodafone and Turkish Telecom). He is a level 1 coach assisting Jonny Koureskas with the premier and reserve men’s teams in HVC.
Oscar believes that volleyball is a sport played primarily with the feet rather than the hands, and he wants to teach his players technical skills based on this perspective.
Beyond volleyball, Oscar is a full-time data analyst in the corporate sector, studying for a bachelor’s in psychology, coaching U12 basketball teams at Newlands Basketball Club, a professional percussionist, a passionate cyclist, very interested in cooking, a father of a son “a human of a cat”, a husband who is passionate about his wife :). He will also start volunteering at SES Victoria soon. He also believes that interdisciplinary interactions increase cognitive functions, improve innovation and productivity, and remind us that we are humans, not machines!
Oscar’s vision for HVC is to infuse the team with a fresh perspective. He plans to leverage his sports background, psychology degree, and data analysis skills, along with emerging technology (AI) solutions, to enhance the team’s competitiveness. His Aim is to incorporate these elements into the technical, practical, and strategic training of his players, thereby elevating the team’s performance.