PRESS RELEASE 24.12.2003


New coach for Greek Women's national team

The Hellenic Volleyball Federation has appointed a new coach for their Women's national Volleyball team to take care of their Olympic Games campaign in August in Athens.

The Board of Administration of the Hellenic Volleyball Federation decided that Giannis (John) Nikolakis will come back to coach the national team after six years and replace Takis Floros, with Dimitris Andreopoulos as his collaborator. His one-year contract starts on April 1, 2004.

Nickolakis, 39, is considered to be one of the best coaches in Greece having worked with four local teams over 17 years - Agios Sostis Athens (6 years), Ionikos Athens (1 year), Panathinaikos Athens (3 years) and Panellinios Athens (4 years). He was also in charge of the national women's team for three years from 1994 to 1997, where he recorded 41 victories in 62 games.

He also won five Championships of Greece (Panellinios 2, Panathinaikos 2 and Ionikos), and with him Panathinaikos finished second at the Women's Cup Winners Cup in 2000.

Andreopoulos played for the Hellenic national men's team and Panathinaikos as a setter, and now is the coach of the women's team of Panathinaikos Athens. He was also Stelios Prosalica's collaborator, in the men's national team.