FC Volendam has, after a careful search for a new head coach, settled on the duo of Regillio Simons (50) and Michael Dingsdag (41). Simons has been designated as the head coach and overall responsible figure. The duo, who temporarily took charge in the last two matches, has signed a contract that extends until the summer of 2025. Frank van der Geest will continue as the goalkeeper coach, while Nick Venema takes on the role of team manager.
Simons and Dingsdag arrived in Volendam last summer to take charge of Jong FC Volendam as a coaching duo. Simons, holding the UEFA Pro diploma, is a former forward who played for Fortuna Sittard, Telstar, Willem II, NAC Breda, ADO Den Haag, TOP Oss, and Kyoto Purple Sanga (Japan). Additionally, he has a rich history as a trainer in top amateur football and served as a coach in the middle and lower levels of the Ajax youth academy between 2013 and 2017. At asv De Dijk, Simons was the head of education and contributed to the guidance of individual players through a football school.
Dingsdag has been working with Telstar since 2021 as the assistant coach of the first team and the head coach of Telstar Under 21. The former defender played for Vitesse, sc Heerenveen, Swiss clubs FC Sion, Grasshopper Club Zürich, and NAC Breda. At the latter club, he coached various youth teams and took charge of NAC Breda Under 21 during the 2020-2021 season.
'Most likely to survival'
Director Frans ten Berge is pleased to bring FC Volendam into calmer waters with the appointment of the head coach. "Since the decision of the previous coach to stop at FC Volendam, the club had to face the fact that we needed to find a new head coach. We have gone through a careful process, with input from various technical advisors. The club has listened to various individual or duo candidates, with the goal being crystal clear: to keep FC Volendam in the Eredivisie. With the appointment of Simons and Dingsdag, we believe we have the best chance of achieving this goal."
The appointment of Simons and Dingsdag means that FC Volendam will need to find a new setup for the coaching staff of Jong FC Volendam. The management will take the necessary time in the coming period to address this.