China - Chen Zhonge
Chen Zhonghe has
been in charge of the Chinese national
women's volleyball team since 2001, the
same year as the side won the World Grand
Champion title, but his involvement with
the team goes well beyond the last two
1979 he joined the team as a trainer
before moving into the assistant coach's
position in 1989, a role he maintained
until moving into the role he holds today.
A coach with strong principles and high
values Zhonghe's experience in the
coaching arena is proving invaluable as he
works with a young Chinese team that is
focusing on the Olympics.
Last year's World Championship in Germany
highlighted the potential of his players
as China finished 4th after going down to
Russia 3-1 in the bronze medal match.
"In serving, attacking and defending,
our team stands shoulder to shoulder with
European teams," he said. But he
cautions against too much optimism by
quoting a Chinese proverb: "It's easy
to climb to the top," he says, "
but not easy to stay there."
Zhonghe was born in the Fujian province in
1957 and has a daughter and a son.