Credit: volleyballnz.org.nz

Volleyball New Zealand confirmed on Friday the appointment of Adam Watson as the Head Coach of the Volley Ferns for the coming international cycle.

Adam Watson

The 30-year-old Watson steps into the senior national coaching role after several years of involvement in the New Zealand Junior men’s and women’s programmes.

The Auckland-based Watson was also an assistant coach in the 2021 and 2022 National Volleyball League while also serving as coach of Harbour Volleyball Junior teams for several years.

Volleyball New Zealand Performance Manager Colleen Campbell congratulated Watson on his appointment.

“Adam has been involved in the junior national programmes for a number of years now so it’s great to see him moving through into the senior women’s programme,” Campbell said.

“We’re looking forward to working with him as he builds the programme after the last couple of years post-Covid and providing some regular international competition for our talented athletes.”

Watson is excited to get going in the position, where he will work closely with the best talent in Aotearoa.

“Being able to coach in an environment with our top echelon of players, and alongside some of our best volleyball coaches is fantastic,” Watson said.

The Volley Ferns were in action in 2023 in Chile. Photo supplied.

“With any top national sporting side there is a legacy that has come before you so it’s both exciting and a privilege to step into that space and further the growth and success of the team and programme.

Watson says the community can expect a connected group, on court and off.

“We are aiming to be connected and engaged with our Regional Associations as well as our national junior programmes; it facilitates a deeper connection with our grassroots, where we have come from.

As he gets underway in the early stages of planning the next cycle, Watson says the mahi begins with connection to the culture of the group.

“Culture is massive, myself and the other coaching staff are stepping into a cultural space that has been established long before us. Understanding what has been set beforehand, and upholding those values, and practices while at the same time aiming for growth.

“We will be challenging ourselves in ways that can move towards more success on and off the court. Alongside our cultural growth, technical and tactical growth is paramount to compete at Asian Championships and on the world stage.

“It’s a given for me that these facets will be an absolute necessity.”

Meanwhile, the recruitment process for the Volley Blacks position remains open with an appointment to be made in due course.


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