Congratulations to Michael Brookens on his appointment as the women’s AVL Coach for 2019.
Brookens, originally from San Antonio, Texas played college volleyball and also for the US Air Force. As a career volleyballer, he also played professionally in Japan, Belgium, and the former Yugoslavia before returning to the US to coach. Michael also coached his junior women’s club team to qualify for the 1999 Junior Olympics. During his 30 years of coaching, Brookens has worked with the USA Junior National team and coached the US Air Force team that claimed the Armed Forces Championship title.
Michael arrived in Australia in 2007 and took up the Development Officer role with Volleyball Victoria in addition to coaching the state league teams and national camps. Brookens’ coaching credentials were acknowledged through being recognized as one of the final two candidates to coach the Australian Women’s National team. Brookens has also coached in the men’s AVL with Uni Blues and then (following a short break) coached the women’s AVL Vultures and currently the Under 19 Vic (White) team.
On a personal level, Michael is an active husband and father of 6 children and holds degrees in child psychology and kinesiology. Brookens’ coaching philosophy is to “teach the girls to be a volleyball player first and a position player second. Instill in them a belief and a knowledge of the game and of themselves to reach their full potential. To be a dynamic team that plays hard for each other, stretches the imagination and the boundaries of the women’s game and last but not least to bring home a medal for Victoria”.
Volleyball Victoria is excited to announce Michael as the first Head Coach appointed in the 2019 program and has confidence in his ability to bring together a talented and united Victorian team.