Having seen Stellios Prosalikas take Greece to the
2004 Olympic quarterfinals in Athens at the end
of a four-year reign, Greece welcomes in Kostas
Charitonidis as their new men’s coach
Charitonidis, the first coach to overthrow the
establishment of Olympiakos – Panathinaikos by
winning the Greek National Championship with
Aris in 1997, is the most experienced coach in
the Greek competition having more than 400
matches under his belt.
He is currently working as a lecturer at the
University of Physical Education “Aristoteleio”,
where he teaches Volleyball and in 2002 he
acquired his PhD by a doctoral thesis in the
“morphological liturgics of cardiac alterations
of top level Volleyball players”. Mr.
Charitonidis has instructed in many seminars and
coaching schools, has published essays in Greek
and foreign magazines and has published two
books being taught in the University of Physical
Born on March 19, 1954 in Thessaloniki, the
51-year-old is married to Chryssanthi and is the
father of two children, Maria and Yiannis who is
now playing in Rethymno.
Charitonidis played Volleyball for the first
time in 1968 at Triton Thessalonikis. Four years
later, in 1972 he is transferred to Aris where
he stayed for 10 years, having alreadystarted
with the national team in 1971 during the Spring
Cup of Thessaloniki.
His coaching career started at the club of
Triton and in 1983 he took over the women’s team
of Aris Thessalonikis, which under his guidance
finished third at the national championships.
From there he took charge of the Aris men’s team
from 1984 until 1999, while also acting as the
national assistant coach to Hilberto Herrera in
1993-94 and 1994-95.
In 1997 he led Aris to the top of the national
championship and the Super Cup the following
year, beating Olympiakos in Volos 3-0. Aris has
also, managed to reach the Final 4 of the Top
Teams Cup, including a historical win over
Montichiari 3-2, where the last set with 15-0!