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Hee Wan Lee
 

 

 
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Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1956, Lee came to Germany first as a player in 1985. Lee was South Korea’s best middle blocker, but when there was no setter available at his new club 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.

Lee graduated with a coaching diploma at the Cologne Sports Academy in 1995 while having early success in his coaching career with a German Championship title in 1994 and 1997, a European Cup Winners’ Cup silver medal in 1996 and then in 1999, he took the national team to fourth place at the European Championship.

Germany’s sixth place at the Sydney 2000 Olympics meant they finished the second most successful European team behind Russia. Since then Lee has maintained a good return with a 10th place finish at the 2002 World Championship and a seventh place finish at the 2003 World Grand Prix.

Now after another excellent World Grand Prix campaign in 2004, Lee is hoping his German women’s team shows further improvement in Athens.