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NVL Super 8 : New Head Coach for IBB Polonia
Posted by Media Team on 2019/7/22 16:10:00 (169 reads)

Ealing club's announcement (Men's Super8s - National Volleyball League)
Vangelis Koutouleas replaces Simon Loftus
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With the club about to embark on its first ever European Champions League campaign, IBB Polonia have replaced Simon Loftus by Vangelis Koutouleas as their head coach in spite of winning many victories under Simon and the most successful year in the club's history. It had won the English men's Super League undefeated, lost the Cup Final narrowly over five sets and for British volleyball, won its first European title.

The search for his successor was short lived. Vangelis Koutouleas, an ex-professional player with a sizeable CV and, in the past, head coach at IBB Polonia London, will replace him.. The Greek now has a new mandate and aims to realise. In October, IBB Polonia makes its debut at the highest level in European volleyball. The new Head Coach is not hiding his excitement as he approaches his participation in this event and describes his motivation and anticipated hard work in order to achieve the best possible results.

“I am delighted to be coming back to the team and to be taking charge once again". he said.

"The excitement is greater and the club is evolving constantly and never rests on its laurels. The journey ahead of us is challenging – the Champions League, but I am very positive about this opportunity. I will prepare the team to the best of its potential we know our goals for the season and are all pulling in the same direction. I am sure the journey will be interesting and we will enjoy it together. I would like everyone to support us and to help me in building the strongest possible team and together we will achieve something remarkable”.

Bartek Luszcz welcomed him saying, “I would personally like to welcome Vangelis. We have already had the opportunity to work together previously so I am very positive and also impatient for what the season will bring. The season certainly is going to be an interesting one! We have, in front of us, enormous challenges – to fight for the highest title in European volleyball. I wish the coach the best of luck and I am excited about our first match”.

He also thanked Simon on behalf of the club for his efforts and achievements over the past year.

The new coach will start preparing for the new season soon. Specific details about the make-up of the team in the new season as well as when the matches will take place will shortly be revealed through official media channels. The players are currently enjoying their holidays and return to training towards the end of August. The calendar of events has not yet been produced but it is clear that the first away game in the CEV Champions League will be at the end of October. All of the details will appear on the various social media channels.

Vangelis Kouteleas is a highly accomplished player and coach, with a glittering volleyball and beach volleyball career spanning over four decades. Since moving to the UK from his home country of Greece in 2009, he has had a massive impact and is widely acknowledged as the leading beach volleyball coach and one of the most prominent volleyball coaches in the country. After he retired from professional volleyball and beach volleyball, Vangelis took to coaching the highest national level in Greece, Cyprus and England. He was a Head Coach of IBB Polonia London twice in the past (2009/10; 2014-2016).

Contributor, Katarzyna Strag

Photograph, sandsphotos.co.uk

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