Marichev appointed new Russia women's coach
The Dynamo Krasnador coach takes over from Sergei Ovchinnikov, who passed away three weeks after Russia lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Marichev, 52, will continue as coach of Russian club side Krasnador for the duration of his two-year contract.
The Russia women's team are currently ranked sixth in the FIVB rankings and will be defending their World Championship title next year, which they won in 2010 on top of their 2006 triumph while also participating in this year's World Grand Prix after missing last year's edition.
Marichev realises his charges may need to become used to a different system to the one they previously employed.
“The main task is to change our play a little bit, because everyone has become used to it and knows it very well,” Marichev said. “Currently our style relies on our tall players, but we will have to adjust it due to the fact that Ekaterina Gamova has left the team. It will be fast play, organized triple block. The girls will have to change their mentality.”
As a player Marichev won the 1991 European Cup and European Super Cup. He was also part of the CSKA team that won the 1986, 1990 and 1991 Russian championship and he added a Turkish title with Ekcachibashi.
He began coaching in 2003 and led Russia’s men’s team to gold at the 2005 World Junior Championships.