Willert Hired as Men's Technical Coordinator
| From left, Head Coach John Speraw, Technical Coordinator Anton Willert, and Assistant Coach Matt Fuerbringer
of the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2013)
– USA Volleyball has announced the hiring of Anton Willert to the position of technical coordinator for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
“I am grateful that Anton chose to work for USA Volleyball,” U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach John Speraw said. “I have rarely, if ever, received more positive comments about someone I was researching to hire. One trusted reference even told me this was a ‘once in a 40-year career’ kind of person. We are fortunate to have his intellect and expertise.”
Willert, a native of Berlin, Germany, spent the last year and a half as the team manager and video coordinator for the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at the University of Hawaii, where he is working toward a master’s degree in communicology.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the national team coaching staff for the quad,” Willert said. “It is an opportunity to work with a great team and one of the best coaches in the world. I’m looking forward to spending all of my time supporting the team.”
In 2009-10, Willert was an assistant coach for Team-Berlin and VC Olympia in Germany’s Premier League . He spent the 2010-2011 season as an assistant coach for the German junior national team. He was also an assistant coach for 1st Division VC Olympia volleyball club in Premier League during this time.
From 2007-10, Willert served as the head coach of 3rd Division BBSC volleyball club. While he was at the helm, the team won the Berlin-Brandenburg regional championship in 2009.
He holds two bachelor’s degrees; one in journalism/mass communication from Freie University in Berlin, and the other in business studies from the University of Potsdam in Brandenburg. Both were earned in 2011.
As a player, he was a libero and outside hitter and a member of BTSC volleyball club, which won four German championships. He graduated Coubertin-Gymnasium in 2007, and his team won third place at the High School World Championship in 2006.