2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

 

COACH PROFILE

Germany

 

 
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Hee Wan Lee
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1956, Lee came to Germany first as a player in 1985 to compete for the club VBC Paderborn. He quickly established himself as a great strategist. As South Korea’s best middle blocker, he was supposed to take up this position with his new club, but when there was no setter available he stepped into this role. This and his later success as a coach caused him to be christened "Karajan of Volleyball" by the German Volleyball Magazine.

In 1993 he started training as a coach at the Cologne Sports Academy (Sporthochschule Köln), from where he graduated with a diploma in 1995. Lee had early success in his coaching career when his teams won the German Championship in 1994 and 1997, were second at the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996 and then in 1999, he took the national team to Italy for the European Championship where they finished fourth.

Germany’s sixth place at the Sydney 2000 Olympics meant they finished the second most successful European team behind Russia. Since then Lee has continued to maintain a good return with an excellent 10th place finish at the 2002 World Championships in front of the German fans and a seventh place finish at the 2003 World Grand Prix.

Later in the year, he took the side to the runner's up position at the 2003 European Championship before surprising Russia, Italy, Poland and Turkey to win the European Continental Olympic Qualification tournament in January this year.

The great tactician that he is, Lee will be looking to maintain that sort of form and improve on their 2003 World Grand Prix finish of 7th in the 2004 edition.


Percentage of Wins

Germany Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %