In a dramatic turn of events, a majority of volleyball state associations and the Volleyball Bundesliga have withdrawn their confidence from the Executive Board of the German Volleyball Federation (DVV). Consequently, President René Hecht and Vice-Presidents Volker Schiemenz, Holger Schell, and Matthias Hach have tendered their resignations, along with board member Julia Frauendorf.
During his tenure, President René Hecht had envisioned a more transparent, participatory, and modernized association. The past five years saw structural reforms, digitalization of processes, and financial stabilization despite challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and insolvency issues.
However, Julia Frauendorf’s appointment as Sports Director in 2022 faced further hurdles due to financial difficulties. Her cost-cutting measures were met with criticism.
Last weekend, a crisis summit was held in Göttingen in response to the growing discontent. Despite transparent clarifications, the Executive Board lost the confidence of the members, leading to requested resignations.
President René Hecht expressed both disappointment and gratitude for the opportunity to modernize the DVV, while board member Julia Frauendorf cited the need for a majority that supports change.
The resignations also extend to team leaders Franziska Lange and Sarah Strege, marking the start of a personnel restructuring process in the main office area. The DVV now faces a significant challenge in restoring stability and progress within the association.