Nieuwegein, Netherlands, February 23, 2017. Jamie Morrison has been appointed as the new head coach of the Dutch women’s Volleyball team. The Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo) presented the 36-year-old American Thursday afternoon in its head office in Nieuwegein. As an assistant coach, Morrison won all the big prizes with the American men’s and women’s national teams. His job with the women’s team of The Netherlands is his first big challenge as a head coach. Morrison signed a contract for two years, with an option to extend.
Jamie Morrison from Dana Point, California started his coaching career when he was only 19 years old. After working some years in college- and university Volleyball, he was appointed as assistant coach to Hugh McCutcheon with the American national men’s team.
Together with the coach from New Zealand, Morrison achieved great success. Team USA won the FIVB World League in 2008 before conquering gold at the Beijing Olympics. When McCutcheon switched to the women’s national team, he took Morrison with him. Together they won the FIVB World Grand Prix three consecutive times. At the London Olympics Team USA won the silver medal.
Also Karch Kiraly, the successor to McCutcheon, appointed Morrison as his assistant. Together they claimed a historic World Championship gold - the first ever - for Team USA in 2014, won gold at the FIVB World Grand Prix 2015 and bronze at the Rio Olympics (after beating The Netherlands in the small final).
As a club coach Morrison was active for the Austrian team SVS Post Volleyball SCHWECHAT. Since 2015 the American is assistant coach of Giovanni Guidetti at the Turkish top club VakifBank ISTANBUL.
Jamie Morrison said: “During the World Championships 2014 in Italy I first noticed the potential of the Dutch women’s team. I saw a group of very athletic players, who fought for every point. The last two years The Netherlands became a world-class team. The players are very close, they really care for each other.”
“Right now I feel like one of the luckiest persons in the world for being allowed to coach this team. The team is relatively young, and I think we can keep improving ourselves.”
Team captain Maret Balkestein-Grothues: “I am very pleased with these news. In a technical and tactical sense Jamie is a great coach and I think we can achieve a lot with him. In 2016 we finished third in the FIVB Grand Prix and fourth at the Rio Olympics. Now it’s up to us to maintain this progress. I absolutely believe that Jamie is the best coach to guide us in the right direction.”
Lonneke Slöetjes: “I have been working with Jamie Morrison at VakifBank now for one and a half years. During this time I learned a lot from him. He knows a lot about Volleyball, is patient and always gives his players his trust. Besides that, he is a very kind human being. I am confident that he will be the right leader for our team.”