Sport lead

Edwin Benne

"The meaning of personal development is to strive for self-improvement, to discover, experience and grow, to do the best we can, in sport and in life, with consideration for the environment"

The meaning of personal development is to strive for self-improvement, to discover, experience and grow, to do the best we can, in sport and in life, with consideration foEdwin Benne is the president of the Netherlands Association of Olympians NVOD.
Edwin has wide international experience as an Olympic athlete, coach, and manager. He competed in two Summer Olympics as a player for the Dutch national volleyball team and won an Olympic silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After a stellar international career as a volleyball player, Edwin also became a successful coach at the international and national level. Moreover, he led the Dutch national volleyball team as head coach and served at club level in many countries around the world.
Edwin also had a long successful career as a coach, but also as a manager of the Dutch Volleyball Federation, the Liechtenstein Volleyball Federation, and the European Volleyball Federation. As a result, he has applied his extensive sport and management experience as a manager, consultant, coach, key-note speaker for many international companies. Edwin specializes in the areas of self-leadership, mental resilience, leadership, team development, mental coaching, talent development, performance.

"I have a great passion for developing and leading people, teams and organizations to reach their full potential. I want to help empower people to discover, experience and grow, resulting in healthy, strong, and proud teams and organizations. From individual development to team development. My consulting, training, and coaching are based on experiences, models and "laws" proven in elite sport. I apply my 35 years of experience in peak performance sport to training and coaching people, teams, and organizations. I assist all types of leaders and team coaches in implementing their vision, mission, and strategy, developing their leadership skills, and driving team performance to its peak. My Olympic Values are: Excellence - doing the best we can, in sport and in life. It's about being involved and striving to improve ourselves, not just to win. Friendship - using sport to develop tolerance and understanding between all people. Respect - consideration for ourselves, others and the wider environment."


  • NOC Dutch Olympic Committee, Arnhem, Master Coach in Sports
  • Light up your Talent, Amsterdam, Certified Practitioner, Strengthscope 360
  • DOOR® Trainers College, Rotterdam Certified trainer
  • Teamchange, Amsterdam Team coaching Essentials
  • Certified EIA and NOBCO Coach, Utrecht

International engagement of a coach in sports

  • Head coach, Netherlands men’s national volleyball team, 2011 - 2014
  • Men’s European Volleyball Championship 2013
  • Winner of 2013 World League qualifying
  • Winner of 2012 European League
  • Head coach, U19 Netherlands men’s national volleyball team, 2010
  • Assistant coach, Netherlands women’s national volleyball team, 2008 - 2011
  • Head coach, DJK Augsburt, Schweriner SC, Germany, 2008 - 2010
  • Head coach, SEAT Volley Näfels, Switzerland, 2008
  • Head coach, Sparkasse Feldkirch, Austria, 2006 - 2007
  • Head coach, Omniworld Almere, Netherlands, 1999 – 2000

International engagement of athletes

  • Netherlands national volleyball team, 1984 - 1993
  • Summer Olympics, Soul, 1988
  • Summer Olympics, Barcelona, 1992
  • VC Eintracht Mendig, Germany, 1996 - 1997
  • Eczacibaşi Istanbul, Turkey, 1995 - 1996
  • Nippon Steel Blazers Osaka, Japan, 1994 – 1995
  • PUC Paris, France, 1993 – 1994
  • Pallavolo Catania , Italy, 1992 - 1993

Work experience

  • President, NVOD Dutch Olympians Association, since 2018
  • Consultant and manager, EXPERIENCE DOOR Training & Coaching, since 2020
  • Consultant, BeLife - Team lead Consultancy, 2018 – 2020
  • Manager, Dutch Volleyball Federation, U16-U20 National Teams, 2017 – 2020
  • Project manager, Elite sports, 2014 – 2015
  • Coach a consultant, TopTeamDevelopment – Amsterdam, 2016 – 2018
  • Business Development Manager, Sports Emotions AG – Zürich, 2016 – 2017
  • Director, Benne Sports Management AG, Liechtenstein, 2008 – 2011
  • Director, VolleyballSchule Liechtenstein, 2003 – 2007
  • Technical and marketing director, Liechtensteinian Volleyball Federation, 2003 – 2006
  • Project manager, International Sports Agency – Buchs Switzerland, 2002 – 2003
  • General manager, Omniworld – Almere, 2000 – 2002
  • Owner, Benne Volleyball Promotion – Castricum, 1998 – 2001