the acclaimed coach of Russia was born and
educated in the city of Belogorod and he took
charge of the men's national team in 1997. Since
his appointment the Russian men’s team, known
for their fearless defense, has been regularly
attacking top spots at most of the sport's elite
Following their two second places at the World
League in 1998 and 2000, Chipouline's squad
finally pulled of a victory at this prestigious
event in 2002, humbling Brazil at home in a
spirited final. But it was the 1999 World Cup
triumph which really set the stage for Shipulin
and his men. Ever since they have been
consistently in contention for gold.
Under Shipulin’s leadership, Russia also won a
string of silver medals – at the 1999 European
Championship, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at
the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, where
Brazil exacted revenge for their defeat at the
World League just weeks before.
Shipulin began his coaching career with a
Russian Division One club Agrarnik in 1987. He
also led the Russian club of Belogorie to two
Russian Championship victories.