Russia has finally hired in two new coaches for their men’s and women’s volleyball teams on two-year deals.
Vladimir Kuzyutkin is set to take over the women’s team, taking over for Yury Marichev who stepped down after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. On the men’s side, Sergey Shlyapnikov succeeds Vladimir Alekno, who also left the team after the 2016 Olympics.
After spending time as the head coach for Bulgaria, Kuzyutkin takes a second try at the Russian women’s team, as he formerly coached the team from 2009-2011. In his prior time with the team, he won gold at the Japan 2010, FIVB World Championship.
Shlyapnikov has had a different role withing Russia’s teams, working with the U19 team. He led the team to the 1999 and 2011 FIVB U19 World Championship, as well as six European titles. Additionally, he was head coach to the Dinamo Krasnodar team in the Russian League.