From university leaders to world famous leaders… ‘Foreign director’ wind came with spring


The nationalities of the V-League 1st round, last place, and head coaches have changed.

Heungkuk Life Insurance, a professional volleyball team, announced in an official press release on the morning of the 19th that “the world-renowned Italian master coach Marcello Abondanza has been appointed as the new command tower.” 카지노사이트

The appointment of Abondanza became a big issue as it surfaced even before the official announcement. Head coach Abondanza started taking the baton in the Italian league in 1996 and has built a career as a coach across Bulgaria, Canada, Italy and Greece for over 20 years. 

Heungkuk Life Insurance is currently running in the first round of the season with ‘Volleyball Emperor’ Kim Yeon-kyung. The biggest reason Heungkuk Life Insurance’s recruitment of Abondanza is attracting attention is because of its dramatic relationship. 

Coach Abondanza led the golden age of Kim Yeon-kyung while serving as the coach of Turkiye Fenerbahçe in the 2013-14 season. The two of them ate together for four years.

This season, Kim Yeon-kyung showed some concerns about his retirement. Of course it’s not definitive. Retirement at the top is just one of the many crossroads of choice. As if to prevent his retirement, which still does not lag behind his prime, coach Abondanza appeared in front of him once again. 

Of course, Abondanza’s appointment as head coach was the result of the shameful incident of former head coach Kwon Soon-chan’s hardship and the club’s overreaching of authority. Heungkuk Life Insurance spent about 50 days under the ‘acting manager’ system after hardening former manager Kwon last month. However, the reaction of public opinion to the dramatic reunion of the former master and disciple created by this is hot.  

The club said, “Regardless of Kim Yeon-kyung’s intention to retire, we have hired manager Abondanza.” Attention is focused on the choice of Kim Yeon-kyung, who got a chance to play with her old teacher again and for the first time, who received a chance to try on another team’s uniform. 

As soon as the visa issue is resolved, Abondanza will take the helm and lead the team until the 2024-25 season. It is known that the Heungkuk Life Insurance team also welcomes the recruitment of Abondanza.

Expectations are gathering on what color manager Abondanza, who led the prestigious Turkish club, will paint Heungkuk Life Insurance. 

It is not only Heungkuk Life Insurance that has brought foreign directors. There is another club that has been in a vacant position due to his resignation as manager. It is the Pepper Savings Bank, which is currently causing the ‘rebellion of the last place’.

Pepper Savings Bank appointed Aachen Kim (Korean name Kim Ah-hyun) as its new command tower on the 17th, two days ahead of Heungkuk Life Insurance.

Previously, Pepper Savings Bank suffered from a dark period, recording 10 consecutive losses this season under former manager Kim Hyung-sil. Former coach Kim voluntarily resigned due to poor performance in line with the issue of recruiting Lee Jae-young, who was expelled from the V-League due to controversy over school violence. Since then, the team has been playing the season under the system of acting coach Lee Kyung-soo. On the 18th, they are growing into a red pepper powder team, winning 4 wins, the most in the establishment. 

Aachen Kim, 38, has built a career as a collegiate league coach rather than a professional. In the past 2021, Brown University has advanced to the NCAA round of 64 tournament for the first time in history. Aachen Kim, who recorded 13 wins and 1 loss that year, was also selected as the Ivy League Manager of the Year. 

Pepper Savings Bank next season also focused on building and growing player depth, not a sharp rise in performance. For this reason, attention was paid to the skills of coach Aachen Kim, who steadily raised a lower team to the top. Also, as a Korean-American, the fact that there are relatively few barriers to Korea works as an advantage. 

Coach Aachen Kim plans to enter the country in early March and take the helm right away. It seems that he will start with free agent work and tinker with the squad.

In the men’s division, Korean Air has already continued the foreign coaching system for three seasons, starting with coach Roberto Santili in the 2020-21 season and ending with current coach Tommy Tillikainen. 

From the 23-24 season, it is expected that you will be able to see volleyball with the color of foreign coaches. It is impossible to distribute the first drink, but it seems that the main point to watch is what changes happen to the team. 

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