We hope he has what it takes to lead Russia to success…
Russia’s women’s team has a new coach and he is Yuri Marichev, the current coach of Russian club team Dinamo Krasnodar. He is the successor of Sergei Ovchinnikov, who committed suicide three weeks after Russia lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Marichev’s contract expires in 2 years.
Coach Yuri plans on changing the Russian style of play since Gamova is no longer part of the team after more than a decade.
“The main task is to change our play a little bit, because everyone has become used to it and knows it very well. Currently our style relies on our tall players, but we will have to adjust it due to the fact that Ekaterina Gamova has left the team. It will be fast play, organized triple block. The girls will have to change their mentality.” according the new coach.
World ranked #6 Russia is scheduled to compete at the 2013 Grand Prix and 2013 European Championship.
As a player Marichev won the 1991 European Cup and European Super Cup. He was also part of the CSKA team that won the 1986, 1990 and 1991 Russian championship and he added a Turkish title with Ekcachibashi. He began coaching in 2003 and led Russia’s men’s team to gold at the 2005 World Junior Championships.
(source: FIVB/ image: zimbio.com)