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Our Director of Coaching

Haydn Ellis

Haydn Ellis is a beach volleyball coach based in Melbourne, Australia.

Haydn has developed some of Australia’s best players. He has coached players from entry level through to World Tour competition including the FIVB World Championships. Haydn currently works with world tour players from both Australia and abroad.

Our team of coaches

Anna Donlan

Anna is a Vic Open semi finalist in; 2018, 2020, 2022 Aus Champs Div 1 silver medalist, Aurafura Games 2019 4th place, SA Open Silver medalist 2021 Canberra Gold medalist 2019

Anna has been playing beach volleyball full time for 4 years and has 20+ years experience playing indoor volleyball (5 years in Australia as well as Division II College Volleyball).

Anna also has her level 2 coaching qualification and has coached the Volleyball Victoria U17 girls team 2019, VicBeach AAA men’s trainings, as well as private and small group trainings.

Garang Anyang

Starting as the superstar out of local sporting academy Maribyrnong College, Garang has been playing Beach Volleyball for the last 7 years. He started with indoor volleyball but made the switch to the beach about 6 years ago .

His highlights so far include winning a VIC open in 2022 alongside coach Justin, getting bronze at Aus champs 2022 and also a 5th and 2x 9th’s at FIVB world tour events.

With his prowess up at the net, Garang has fast emerged into one of Australias best blockers, whilst also specialising in this throughout his coaching career.

Genel Sturgeon

Born and raised in Florida, Genel grew up playing beach and has had a love for the sport from a young age!

She played NCAA DIV II Indoor Volleyball at uni in Florida. Her accolades in AUS are short as she has only been here for 2 years however she took to dominating the Australian scene right from the start, not having a lower than 5th place finish during her first year on the tour while also grabbing a silver medal at the Vic Open.

She is always looking for ways to grow as a player and also as a coach and has one of the most infectious smiles whilst training!

Jack Gregory

Jack has been playing Beach since he was 10, growing up with his older brother Tim at Vicbeach Geelong. He has been coaching since he was 16 and loves volleyball and helping people improve.

Some of his highlights include competing in; FIVB World Tour 1 Star 2020 Cook Islands, Pro Tour Futures 2022 Coolangatta and winning gold at the U17 AJBVC and then going on to compete at the U17 World Championships. 

Justin Schumann

Justin is one of the most recognisable faces on our Victorian beaches holding the self appointed title of “Best Mullet” from 2019-2021

Some of his best results include a 3rd at Australian Championships, 5th and 9th on World Tour, Victorian Open and Queensland Open winner. He also has won AAA MVP on multiple occasions and has been coaching both groups and privately for over 5 years now. 

Justin’s favourite song is currently Echo Beach

Matt Abela

Matt has been playing Beach Volleyball since he was 12 and found his love for the sport watching his parents play. 

Since debuting at South Melbourne in 2014 Matt has quickly risen through the ranks to have won AAA MVP in 2019. Along with this, Matt has competed multiple times on the FIVB World tour, won the Victorian Open, had multiple top 5 finishes on the National tour and won AAA vicbeach events. 

With this, Matt has also spent the last few years coaching both group and private sessions both in Australia and also internationally

Patrick Tang

Pat has been playing for over 10 years, and has also been coaching for over 10 years.

He has coached School-Boys Indoor National Champions, won Junior Beach National Champs and also represented Australia on the World Tour.

He is looking forward to developing the next group of Victorian Beach Volleyball athletes here at WEAP-ON.

Tarryn Angermeier

Tarryn is a beach volleyball athlete, coach and full-time accountant. Originally from the U.S.A., she spent 4 years playing indoor volleyball at Lander University as a middle blocker and then went on to pursue her career in beach volleyball.

Career Highlights:

  • Angermeier left Lander in 2016 and still owns the program’s career record for blocks and blocks per set. She was a Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, NCAA All-Region member as a sophomore, and ranked top 8 in the NCAA in total blocks her senior year.
  • Assistant Coach for Vic Beach Sunset Sessions program
  • Australian National Champion for Melbourne Vipers indoor team in 2020
  • Currently competing on the Vic Beach and Australian Beach Volleyball Tours

Her favourite thing about coaching is watching athletes improve and meeting so many awesome people all while sharing her love for this sport!

Tim Gregory

Growing up in the Geelong centre alongside brother Jack, Tim took to beach volleyball early, rapidly becoming one of the resident young guns from Geelong.

From this Tim represented Victoria multiple times at the Australian Junior nationals, leading into him having multiple top 5 finishes on National Tour and also representing Australia on the FIVB World Tour.

Having coached both privately and for large groups of adults and kids of varying abilities (beginner to elite) in Melbourne and Geelong for 5 years Tim is a valuable asset to our coaching squad.

Tim Gregory

Growing up in the Geelong centre alongside brother Jack, Tim took to beach volleyball early, rapidly becoming one of the resident young guns from Geelong.

From this Tim represented Victoria multiple times at the Australian Junior nationals, leading into him having multiple top 5 finishes on National Tour and also representing Australia on the FIVB World Tour.

Having coached both privately and for large groups of adults and kids of varying abilities (beginner to elite) in Melbourne and Geelong for 5 years Tim is a valuable asset to our coaching squad.

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