Kampala Uganda, 18th July 2021. Celebrated female volleyball coach Shilla Omuriwe Buyungo has been appointed Head Coach of the Uganda Men’s national Volleyball team, The Volleyball Cranes.

The current Airforce Volleyball team head Coach will pick the mantle from Nason Bwesigye who has been elevated to the National Teams Technical Advisor.

“She is a highly trained Coach, with lots of success too with men’s teams”. Said Volleyball Uganda’s Technical Director, Tonny Lakony

Omuriwe cut her Coaching cloth at KAVC leading the men’s side to the 2014 National Volleyball League title, before moving to coach Division two side Airforce. Airforce are now in the men’s Serie A of the Uganda national Volleyball league.

Omuriwe who also represented Uganda as libero at the Lady Volleyball Cranes is Beach Volleyball not only the most qualified female coach in Uganda but also with a track record of coaching men’s teams. She was the first woman to coach at the African Club Championship 2015 in Tunisia with KAVC.

Omuriwe extreme left with the KAVC Men’s team at the African Club Championship in Tunisia 2015

At that the African Club Championship, she led KAVC to a position 14 finish out of 24 teams. She was there after technical Director at KAVC before moving to Airforce in 2017.

Omuriwe has also been an integral part of the women’s National team set up, The Lady Volleyball Cranes.

Omuriwe, in the middle during the All Africa Games qualifiers in Kampala

SOB as fondly called will be task to handle the men’s side to the African Nations Championship between 19th August and 19th September 2021

 “Given the short time frame we have to prepare, we a going to call 18-players and select who to focus on after some analysis”. Said Omuriwe

With the global pandemic still causing havoc, the technical team has a plan on how to manage the preperations.

“The current plan is to get everybody in camp/bubble to make sure that the players are safe”. Added Omuriwe

Omuriwe inherits a team that is ranked 116 in the FIVB World rankings, a feat that should improve or drop depending on the performance at the Nation’s Championship in August.

Omuriwe who will work alongside Volleyball Cranes former middle blocker Luke Eitit. Eitit a lethal center player in his hay days played for Sport-S, KVC and APR in Rwanda, he was on the touchline alongside Nason Bwesigye when Uganda played at the World Championship Qualifiers in 2014 in Kigali.

Luke Eitit shares notes with Head Coach Nason Bwesigye during the World Championship qualifiers in Kigali 2014

On the continent, Uganda is ranked 18th with the Olympic bound Tunisia leading the pack.

In East Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan are all ahead of the Volleyball Cranes.

Uganda’s best outing at the region was at the All Africa Games Zonal qualifiers in Nairobi where they finished second behind Egypt.

Omuriwe, during her playing days at KAVC

Quick Fact
Full Names: Shilla Allison Omuriwe Buyungo
Born: July 17th
Club: KAVC (1999 to date)

Positions Held
Asst. Coach National Team – women (2018-2019)
Head Coach, Airforce Volleyball – Men (2018 to date
Head Coach, KAVC- Men (2014 –2017)
Coach, Kyambogo University Coach (2017-2018)
Youth Coach, ISU – Girls (2018 – 2019)
Youth Coach, KISU – Girls – (2016 – 2017)
Grad Assistant Coach University of Bridgeport (2007 – 2009)
Coach, Connecticut Sports Center – Girls (2008 – 2009)

Profession: Human Resource Management
Marital Status: Married

Qualifications:
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT: Masters in Business Administration (Management) & Masters in counseling- concentration in Human Resource Development.
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda: Bachelors in Social Science – concentration in Political Science & Social Administration.

Other qualifications:
FIVB level 2 coach
International coaching diploma, University of Leipzig
USA Volleyball level 1 coach

Shilla Omuriwe Buyungo began coaching for the KAVC in 2012. Previously, she studied at the University of Bridgeport (UB) earning a Masters in Business Administration (Management) & a Masters in counseling- concentration in Human Resource Development and at Makerere University earning a Bachelors in Social Science – concentration in Political Science & Social Administration.

She is also the only female coach to have led a men’s team to the National Volleyball League title in the FIVB volleyball History. She did that with KAVC men’s team in the 2014 NSSF Volleyball League.
Before returning to Uganda in 2010, Shilla was a Grad assistant volleyball coach at University of Bridgeport. Prior to that, she was a first team Libero for the team while completing her master’s studies during which time she was honored by The New York Collegiate Athletic Conference as a member of their 2005-2006 All Academic Team. Also in that period her outstanding academic performance was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Shilla has also coached at the Connecticut Sports Center (16s) and Schools Volleyball at The International Schools Uganda and Kampala International School of Uganda(13 & under). She has also assisted at the KAVC annual Holiday Clinic.
In addition to her volleyball coaching experience, Shilla has significant playing experience in Uganda and the United States. She was a Libero for her club and the National Women’s side “Lady Volleyball Cranes” winning several awards as the best defender.
She also does sand volleyball. She has been a member of the Beach National team since 2001, winning 9 circuits and crowned seed one in 2006 and 2012.
Shilla is a certified FIVB Level Two coach – March 2019

Family:
Omuriwe is married to Peter Buyungo and they are blessed with three children (Petra, Peytyn and Siima).
In addition to being a coach, she is a house wife and an entrepreneur having left her human resource management full time job to take care of her family and pursue things that she loves such as volleyball.

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