FIVB saddened by death of Russia women's coach
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 29, 2012 – The International
Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is saddened to learn of the passing
of the Russia women's volleyball coach Serguey Ovchinnikov on
Ovchinnikov, 44, coached Russia to fifth place at the recent
London Olympic Games and was also coach of the Dynamo Moscow
club, with whom he was with at the time of his death whilst on a
training camp in Croatia.
“This is a very sad day for volleyball,” FIVB President Jizhong
Wei said. “On behalf of the volleyball family I pass on our
sympathies and best wishes to the Ovchinnikov family and to the
players and officials at the Russia Volleyball Federation and
Dynamo Moscow club.”
Ovchinnikov began his coaching career in 1998 when he entered
the coaching staff of Yaroslavl club "Neftyanik". On October 21,
2011 Ovchinnikov was appointed as acting coach of the Russia
women's national team. In December he was confirmed as coach.
Under his leadership, the Russian team qualified for the 2012
Olympic Games in London at the World Olympic Qualification
tournament in Japan in May this year.
World champions Russia were eliminated in the quarterfinals at
the Olympic Games in London after losing to eventual gold
medallists Brazil in five sets in the longest match of the
competition lasting two hours and 33 minutes.