Sports Management

Volleyball Academy Personnel

Victorian Volleyball Academy Team

Mahamoud Fahour – Chairman (admin@victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au)

Athreal Henshaw – Senior team Manager (snrtm@victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au)

Loretta Konjarski – Junior Team Manager (jnrtm@victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au)

George Santamaria – Women’s Indoor Program Director

Jasper Boyschau – Men’s Indoor Program Director

Haydn Ellis – Beach Program Director

Anthony Muir – Sports Chiropractor

Victoria University Personnel – Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Mahamoud Fahour

A commercial business operator who was involved in creating the powerful club of Melbourne Falcons in the Victorian State League and the only franchise team for the newly created National Volleyball League in the 90’s. Departed from volleyball and focused on a career at Nine Network Australia and running a number of successful businesses as an entrepreneur. Re – emerged to play with Heidelberg and instantly made an impact turning the once powerful club that lost its way into an instant success on and off the court. In 2009 he became the General Manager of Volleyball Victoria which was nearly insolvent with little members and events portfolio. Within 3 years turned the organisation around to have wiped off all debt and reporting healthy surpluses and very successful events portfolio with a huge growth in numbers. He was responsible for numerous large corporate sponsorships in the sport along with great government funding in the Multicultural programs.

Post his Volleyball Victoria role has now focused on creating the VVA to ensure the current flock of great talent in Victoria and Australia are provided with a platform to receive the best training and match experiences at a state of the art facility and international relations. The Academy will also host junior athletes who are ready to excel to the next stage of their career to have a shot at international or National recruitment.

VVA Beach Director: Haydn Ellis

Haydn Ellis has been coaching professional beach volleyball for over twelve years. He has coached teams to the number one ranking in Australia in both men’s and women’s beach volleyball. He currently coaches a number of the highest ranked teams in Australia in both divisions. Haydn coaches both; Team Boland / Schumann and Legrand / Court in their World Tour preparation.

Rather than self-promote Haydn prefers to coach by example and through experience. Here are some of Haydn’s key principles for your consideration.

  1. Beach volleyball is not a game only for tall people.
  2. Beach volleyball is not a game of indoor volleyball played on sand. Not only is the game style itself different but the techniques employed are different including spiking technique.
  3. The development of speed in all its forms including technique execution, physical movement, mental quickness and strategic game play is extremely important.
  4. Understanding how the human being functions is essential in providing coaching that is relevant, not only to the physical self but in development of the subconscious faculties.
  5. Mastering the ‘Art of War’ in beach volleyball can help players to win games when matched against players of greater technical and physical ability.
  6. Beach volleyball is not a coach's game. You can be coached to learn the skills and to understand the game but ultimately you have to learn to think for yourself.

Loretta Konjarski

Loretta Konjarski is currently the Division 2 Women’s West Volleyball coach at Heidelberg. She has been coaching at Heidelberg for 2 years. She played State League for 11 years for the now defunct Eureka Volleyball Club and Bulleen Volleyball clubs. Loretta represented Victoria at the U/20 age and Open groups several times in a long Volleyball career. Loretta has experience coaching juniors and seniors, and has more recently been brought back to the Sport as both her children have both become involved. On the recent Philippines trip Loretta was the chaperone, a role she really enjoyed. Loretta is currently the Physical Education coordinator at Victoria University, where she lecturers in many areas, particularly Aquatics, Physical Education and Health.

George Santamaria

  • Level I FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) Coach Certificate Top student during the Coaching Course in 2010 (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Victorian Men and Women Senior State Team Head Coach. Mentor Coach for Junior Boys Victorian State Team
  • Heidelberg Volleyball Club Head Coach Mens Program Victorian University Volleyball Academy Head coach Head Coach Santamaria College Girls team Head Coach Essendon Grammar Boys team
  • Ex-Australian National Team Player (Setter) for both Junior and Senior Ex-Victorian and VIS Team Player (Setter) and Captain
  • Specialized setter/training held Seoul, Korea (Dae-Shin High School) Victorian State League Premiership Champion Team (13 times)
  • Awarded National Best Setter Awards (12 times) Awarded National MVP (Most Volleyball Player) Awards (6 times) Awarded Numerous International Competitions Best Setter Awards

Jasper "The Bomber" Boyschau

4 years as a residential scholarship holder of the Australian Institute of Sport's Men's Volleyball Program, 3 seasons professionally in Europe (Sweden Div 1, Germany Div 1), 205 cm, Opposite / Receiver.

  • AIS Scholarship Holder / Australian Men's Squad 2007 - 2011
  • Australian Junior Men's Team 2007 - 2010
  • Linkoping Volley Club 2010 (Svenska Mastare), 2011 (Semi-Final).
  • Bottrop Volley's, Deutsch Volleyball Bundesliga Series A, 2012.

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