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Greece

Kostas Charitonidis

 

 
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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 Education.

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!