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Korea - Kim Cheol-Yong

With the World Grand Prix, the World Cup and Olympic Games qualification all apart of the agenda in 2003 Kim Cheol-Yong's return as head coach of the Korean national women's volleyball team couldn't have been timed better.

This year signals the start of his third campaign in charge of the Korean team following stints from 1993 to 1996 and 1999 to 2000 and he will need all that experience to see him through a year where the eighth-ranked team in the world is going through a period of rebuilding.

The 49-year-old is a stalwart of Korean volleyball and has the pedigree, particularly in the Korean domestic league where he lead his club side LG Caltex-Oil to nine consecutive Super League titles and a run of 82 successive games undefeated, but it won't be an easy task having to shape a squad renowned for its tenacity and spirit but lacking in genuine height.

After already having worked with a young squad at the Sydney Olympics the eighth place result saw Cheol-Yong replaced but his work with Korea's dominant club side was too good to ignore and hence another term at the helm.