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Turkey Coach- Adnan Kistak

Adnan Kistak, 58, first started playing Volleyball at the age of 13 and has since lived and breathed the sport, having played for 15 years – including seven in the Turkish premier league – before moving into coaching 33 years ago.

Kistak first foray into coaching was in 1971, when he started coaching the junior boys’ and girls’ teams of which he was playing in.

Since then he has gone onto a brilliant coaching career with many successes. Highlights include would have to be 5th place at the 2002 Junior Women’s European Championship and 4th place in the 1998 Junior Women’s Olympic Games.

Kistak started coaching as club level relatively late, at the age of 38, when he took over as head coach of the women’s team in Yesilyurt Sports Club. The team went on to qualify for the premier league in 1989.

After a stint as assistant coach of the Galatasaray Sports Club men’s team from 1989-1992, where the team finished top of the premier league for three successive years, the Turkish National Olympic Committee member returned to the women’s coaching role at the Yesilyurt Sports Club, which he still holds.


Kistak’s roll of honour

Head Coach of Women’s Junior National Team between 1990-1993.
• Ranked 1st in Balkan Championship, 1991.
• Ranked 1st in Balkan Championship, 1992
• Ranked 8th in European Championship Finals (Greece, 1993).

Head Coach of Women’s Senior National Team between 1993-1997.
• Ranked 3rd in Spring Cup, 1993.
• Ranked 2nd in Balkan Championship, 1994.
• Ranked 1st in European Championship Qualifying Groups, 1995.
• Ranked 8th in European Championship Finals (Netherlands, 1996).

Head Coach of Women’s Youth and Junior National Teams from 1997 to present.
• Ranked 2nd in Junior World Championship Qualifying Groups (Czech Republic, 1997).
• Ranked 4th in Junior Olympic Games, 1998.
• Ranked 9th in Junior European Championship Finals (Belgium, 1998).
• Ranked 1st in preliminary group in Junior European Championship Finals, 1999.
• Ranked 2nd in Junior World Championship Qualifying Groups (Russia, 1999).
• Ranked 9th in Junior World Championship Finals (Canada, 1999)
• Ranked 4th in Juniors’ Games (Denmark, 1999)
• Ranked 2nd in Youth World Championship Qualifying Groups (Czech Republic, 1999)
• Ranked 9th in Youth World Championship Finals (Spain 1999)
• Ranked 1st in Junior European Championship Qualifying Groups, 2000.
• Ranked 8th in Junior European Championship Finals (Switzerland 2000).
• Ranked 1st in Junior World Championship Qualifying Groups (Russia 2001)
• Ranked 8th in Junior World Championship Finals (Dominican Republic, 2001)
• Ranked 2nd in Junior European Championship Qualifying Groups (Russia 2002)
• Ranked 5th in Junior European Championship Finals (HIRVATISTAN 2002)
• Ranked 1st in Junior Balkan Championship 2002