Polish Volleyball Federation looking for national teams’ coaches

Applications can be sent until 20 November 2021

The Polish Volleyball Federation (PZPS) recently announced that it is looking to appoint new head coaches to lead the Poland men’s and women’s national volleyball teams.

The PZPS announced their search for highly-experienced and skilled candidates via their website, and more details can be found here for the men’s national team and here for the women’s national team. The deadline for applications is 20 November 2021.

The position at the helm of the men’s national team became available after Vital Heynen’s contract expired in October 2021. The Belgian coach spent four seasons with the current World Champions, leading them to an impressive total of six medals at top international competitions – including successfully defending their 2014 World Championship title at the 2018 edition which put Poland in an elite club of three-time World Champions alongside Brazil and Italy (as the former Soviet Union’s six titles are still out of reach).

The Olympic medal, however, has yet again proved to be elusive and remains a dream of Polish players and fans alike. No doubt Europe’s current No.1 (tied with Serbia) and the world’s No.2 national team are already thinking about their road to the Olympic Games Paris 2024. But the question of who will guide them there remains.

Meanwhile, Jacek Nawrocki, the former head coach of the women’s national team, parted ways with the team after working with them for over six years. The group underwent a deep generational change soon after he had taken over but under Nawrocki the new set of players consistently climbed the rankings year-by-year and, a rather unsuccessful 2021 season aside, managed to put the team back on the international map. Poland now stand at No. 12 in the world and No. 8 in Europe.

Fans have been speculating whether it is time for a coach from abroad to work with the women’s team, who last saw foreign guidance under Italian Marco Bonitta between 2007 and 2008. This is quite different from the situation of their male counterparts where foreign-born coaches have been at the helm of the team for the past 16 years (starting with Raúl Lozano in 2005). Nationality aside, one thing is certain – although aims are different, hopes are high for both teams, but this should not come as a surprise in a country that labels itself as “volleyland”.