May 03, 2003 - The Polish Volleyball Federation has appointed Andrzej Niemczyk as the new coach of the Polish national women's team following last week's surprise resignation of Zbigniew Krzyzanowski.
Niemczyk coached Poland during the mid 1970s before taking charge of the West German national women's team during the 80s, achieving 6th place at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since then he has had illustrious coaching stints with numerous German and Turkish club teams.
Poland's world ranking of 22 reflects their less than impressive recent form. Under Krzyzanowski, they finished 13th at last year's World Championship in Germany and 6th at the European Championship two years ago.
Niemczyk has already called up two of Poland's most recognizable stars in Malgorzata Niemczyk-Wolska, his daughter, and one of the Italian League's most distinguished players Dorota Swieniewicz after their intended break from the national team. Both players will be crucial to Poland's hopes of competing in the European Championship (in Turkey in September), when the qualifying matches start this spring. Poland are ranked second in Pool 3 where they will face Germany, Croatia and Slovakia.