Yury Marichev, who took over as coach of Russia’s women’s team in January 2013 after the tragic death of his predecessor Sergei Ovchinnikov, will hope to better the team’s second-place finish in Group 1 of last year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. In his first year in charge, Marichev guided the team to gold at the European Championships and oversaw their gold at the University Games. He also guided the team in their victory at the continental qualification tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to coaching the national team, Marichev has been head coach of several men’s and women’s club teams in his native Russia. He was also an accomplished club player himself, winning the USSR national championship six times, the European Cup five times and the European Super Cup three times.