Hesham Badrawy is the most famous coach of female teams
in Egypt and under his supervision Egyptian women's national teams have claimed
some of their most important victories.
Badrawy started his coaching career when he was only 22
years old, after retiring early as a player. He first took the helm of the
Al-Ahly youth boys team in 1965, and then coached the Egyptian B team.
He started his women's coaching career in 1976, leading
the national team to their first ever title the same year at the African Nations
Championship in the Egyptian city of Port Said. He continued in his role as
coach of the women's national team until 1995, but after a one-year layoff,
returned to the team to continue his work and gain even more titles.
Badrawy has coached four Egyptian teams at major
international competitions, including the World Women's Championship in China
in 1990 and again in Germany in 2002, the Men's Universidad in Bulgaria and the
World Companies Championship in South Africa.
He led the Egyptian women's team to three African Nations
Championship titles in 1976, 1989 and 2003. He also won the gold medal at the
All Africa Games in 1987 and three gold medals at the All Arab Games.
As an illustration of his remarkable expertise, Badrawy
helped the Egyptian Girls' Youth Team qualify for the 2009 FIVB Girls Youth
Volleyball World Championship in Thailand this year.