Coaches Profiles

Peter (Chico) Jones

Chico's name is synonymous to the sport of volleyball. As an indoor player Chico was a starter in a team that won 8 Victorian titles and the National Club championships.  He represented Victoria over a 10 year period, winning 2 senior National Championships and taking out the MVP in his final year.

On the beach he spent 12 years ranked in Australia’s top 5 teams and represented Australia on the Asian & World Tours for over 8 years. During this time Chico was awarded the National Players Player award, was Victorian Champion 8 times winning over 50 events on the Victorian Tour and reached a National #3 Ranking.

As a coach, Chico has coached junior and senior indoor and beach Victorian Teams winning more gold medals.  He was appointed Head Coach to the VIS, has been a Victorian Squad mentor coach and the Victorian Junior Beach program coordinator.

Along with this high performance experience, Chico has spent 1000's of hours coaching recreation players including complete beginners and intermediates.  He has a unique ability to connect with all people and tap into each individual - building confidence, skills and an awareness of the ins and outs of volleyball.

 

Brett 'BAM' Middlin

Brett has been playing beach volleyball for in excess of 20 years; competing in national tour events across four continents. The youngest ever male to win a AAA rated event in NSW (17yo); Brett finished his final season in the state (2000-2001) as the no.1 ranked player, before heading over to Europe to compete.
 
An advocate for the ‘smart’ game adopted by the old guard of the original 9 x 9 court; Brett took those ideals and focussed them on coaching up and coming juniors. In 1997 he created the Northern Beaches Volleyball Association (NBVA) junior program, taking on the role of development coordinator. The program is now in its 14th year. In the years prior to playing overseas and then moving South, Brett oversaw a group of junior girls that won every age division at nationals…
 
Coaching since 1994, playing since 1989…Brett brings ample experience to his position with the Vic Beach Volleyball Academy.