Edwin Benne began coaching in 1997 after an illustrious career as a volleyball player. In 1999 he took over the Omniworld club, moving into his current role as coach of the men's national team in 2011. Under his leadership the team took home gold at the European League last year.
As a player, Benne was first selected for the national team in 1984. His international career spanned nine years during which time he received 382 caps and represented his country in two Olympic Games. He was part of the team that achieved fifth place at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and on the team that won silver in Barcelona four years later. Benne also contributed to The Netherlands’ second place win at the 1990 World League and the 1993 European League. He has also played for clubs in The Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, France, Japan and Italy.