Brett ‘BAM’ Middlin
Head Coach / Co-founder
Playing since 1989, coaching since 1994… Brett has been involved in Beach Volleyball for 25 years; in that time competing in national tour events across four continents.
The youngest ever male player to win a AAA rated event in NSW (17yo); Brett finished his final season in the state (00-01) as the no.1 ranked player, before heading over to Europe to compete. In that season he won nine of sixteen State tour and NBVA events, and made the final of the Vic Open; losing to good friend Chico Jones.
Brett has played and won national tour events in France, Spain, England, China, Singapore and the US.
An advocate of the cerebral game borne out 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 and overseeing a group of junior girls that won every age division at nationals. He has continued to bring through the best young players in NSW and Victoria in the years since.
At board level, Brett recently relinquished the role of Vice President of the Melbourne Beaches Volleyball Association (MBVA) to concentrate on the VBVA – with the departure of Chico – and other work interests; although he is still a board member. He was the Secretary of the NBVA at 18 and Vice President of Pacific Coast Beach Volleyball (PCBV) at 19.
Peter ‘Chico’ Jones
Chico’s name is synonymous with 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. More recently, Chico added ‘Olympic Coach’ to his resume, coaching 3 time Olympian Tamsin Hinchley towards the London 2012 Olympics.
Along with this high performance experience, Chico has spent 1000’s of hours coaching recreational 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.