Crisis-hit Korea Volleyball to hire new coach in March

The once world-class women’s team has lost 27 straight matches in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), while the men’s team has struggled even on the Asian stage. The Korean volleyball team is looking to turn things around with a new coach.

The Korea Volleyball Association announced on Monday that it is “openly recruiting new coaches for the men’s and women’s national volleyball teams.” Managers and coaches can apply as a team, and the application period is open until 6 p.m. on Aug. 28.

After reviewing the documents, the federation will conduct an interview evaluation by the Performance Improvement Committee and deliberations by the National Team Head Coach Selection Committee in March.

“Last year was a year of great disappointment for volleyball fans and volleyball players as the national team performed below expectations,” said Oh Han-nam at the 2024 General Assembly and 2024 Volleyball Night on March 31, according to the Korean Volleyball Association. “With the determination to start anew for the rebirth of Korean volleyball, we will appoint the best leaders to lead the men’s and women’s national teams in March.”

The women’s national team reached the quarterfinals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but after the retirements of Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life) and Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C), the team was unable to successfully transition to a new generation and suffered a shocking 27-game losing streak in the VNL.

The situation is no different for men’s volleyball. At the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, the men’s team failed to even make it to the round of 12, finishing with a bronze medal for the first time in 61 years. As a result, both the men’s and women’s head coaches stepped down.

The federation is looking for a new head coach for the 2026 Asian Championships, which will qualify the team for the 2026 Asian Games in Aichi and Nagoya and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The plan is to select a coach who will lead the national team by maximizing Korean characteristics and developing players who can win international competitions, as well as a coach who has extensive knowledge of international volleyball trends and can communicate with players.

Along with this, the organization will also try something else. “Throughout 2024, we will actively promote overseas training camps and international tournaments in Korea to accumulate experience and strengthen international competitiveness,” Oh said the day before. “We will also do our best to create an environment for the development of volleyball, such as activating school sports clubs to expand the youth base.”

The contract period for the newly selected coaches will be from the start of their national team coaching duties in 2024 to the end of the international tournament in 2026.

For more information, please visit the Korean Volleyball Association website : 토토

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