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Zwerver, Weersing join staff of Dutch women's volleyball team

Gido Vermeulen (above) said that Ron Zwerver's passion and and experience will bring much to the Netherlands' women's team
Nieuwegein, Netherlands, March 10, 2012 – Volleyball icon Ron Zwerver will assist Gido Vermeulen on a provisional basis as a coach of the Netherlands women’s volleyball team. The 44-year-old Zwerver will double up as coach of the Amsterdam-based (men’s) Talent Team.  

In addition to Zwerver, former international player Henriëtte Weersing will join the women’s team in the role of team manager. 

“The hiring of Zwerver and Weersing will bring a wealth of international experience to the team,” Dutch technical director Bert Goedkoop said. “Ron has done fantastic work with the Talent Team and was an icon as a member of the gold-medal winning team in [the 1996 Olympic Games in] Atlanta.

“Weersing played for the national side from the mid-80s to 2001 with great success, the highlight being the gold medal at the European Championship in 1995. Both will add great value to the team.” 

Vermeulen says he is happy with the two new additions to his staff: “I am convinced that Ron, with his passion and experience, can take the team a step further. Henriëtte has management experience as an ex-player and spent four years with the Jesi team in Italy. And I think the team manager for the women should be a woman.”

Zwerver pulled on the orange of the Netherlands 463 times including three Olympic Games, two FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cups, five European Championships and seven FIVB Volleyball World League tournaments. He is best known for hitting the winning point in the Olympic final against Italy in Atlanta 1996. In 2006-07, he was assistant coach of the Dutch men’s volleyball team.

Weersing played in Italy from 1991 to 2003 for Modena, Bergamo, Ravenna and Napoli. She retired as a player in 2004 after 300 games for the national team. She won a number of individual awards as best player and best attacker. 


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