Voronkov appointed coach of Russian men's volleyball team
Voronkov replaces Vladimir Alekno, who took Russia to Olympic gold at the London Olympics. Alekno said he was leaving the team for health reasons.
Voronkov has coached only two clubs – Kemerovo Kuzbass and Lokomotiv of Novosibirsk. As a player, he spent several years in the Turkish League and played for the Russian team.
As a coach, he has won two Russian Cups and steered Lokomotiv to gold in the recent CEV Champions League.
"I think Andrei can grow to become a great coach,” Russian Volleyball Federation President Stanislav Shevchenko said.
Meanwhile, an advisory council has been created to help the new coach. It includes Nikolai Karpol, Gennady Shipulin and Vladimir Alekno.
One of Voronkov’s initial tasks will be the FIVB Volleyball World League 2013 and to ensure Russia finish in the top two at the European Championships in September so that they qualify for the 2014 FIVB World Championship.