Canberra, Australia, February 15, 2019 – After three years at the helm of the Australian women’s team, as well as the country’s Centre of Excellence for the last two years, Shannon Winzer has decided to take up an opportunity with the Canadian national team and move back to her home town of Vancouver. Over the past three years the Volleyroos have improved their ranking to reach the highest they have been for several years, and are currently ranked 30th in the world.
“We are sad to see Shannon leave, and it will be hard to replace her in the Women’s National Team and Centre of Excellence,” said High Performance Director John Boultbee.
“She has driven the programme to a new level, and the players will be keen to progress from there in the coming years. We are actively looking for a replacement to steer the programme this year and beyond. Volleyball Australia wishes Shannon and her family all the best back in Canada, and sincerely thank her for all she has done for the sport in Australia.”
Volleyball Canada recently appointed University of Georgia Bulldogs programme head coach and former assistant coach for the United States national team, Tom Black as their women’s team’s new mentor. He replaced Marcello Abbondanza, who led the team to an 18th place finish at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan last year. Glenn Hoag was appointed to coach the men’s team last November.
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