Japanese Irisawa named as new Vietnam coach
Bangkok, Thailand, April 15, 2017 – The Volleyball Federation of Vietnam has announced the appointment of Japanese Hidehiro Irisawa as the new coach of the women’s national team.
Irisawa is under contract until year 2020 and is expected to steer the senior national team. He has a broad experience in high-performance coaching as he has mentored a top-ranked Japanese club team and the Kenyan women’s national team that participated in the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship and the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.
Vietnam Sports Administration and national federation executive vice president Tran Duc Phan compares their women’s volleyball programme to men’s football, which has gained a lot of success in recent years.
“The number one sport in Vietnam remains men’s football, according to media research and public survey,” Tran said. “However, volleyball is the second most popular sport in the country and the top sport for women.
“Men’s football has been very successful with the public tender, so we decided to follow the same protocol for women’s volleyball. Sports in Vietnam play a vital role in growing the economy, and this is why we need to strengthen our capabilities through hiring a good coach and marketing.”
Vietnam has a long-term plan for the team and has set a high target of qualifying in major competitions, including the Asian Championship, World Championship and the Olympic Games.