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Belgium appoint Vital Heynen as men’s team coach for 2017

After announcing that he will no longer renew his contract with the German men's team, Vital Heynen was introduced by the Belgium Volleyball Federation as the new coach of the men's team for 2017
Brussels, Belgium, January 27, 2016 – Belgium Volleyball Federation president Mr Jean-Paul De Buysscher introduced Vital Heynen to the local media as the new coach of the men’s national team on Wednesday.

The announcement came after a report that Heynen will no longer renew his contract with the German men’s team by the end of September this year. Until then, the Belgian native will still be at the helm of Germany in Group 3 of the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League.

Heynen will assume the role as coach of the Belgian men’s national team from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020, which is also subject to renewal after expiration of his contract.

The former setter and coach of Noliko Maaseik have been active recently in the club volleyball scene, as he helped France’s Tours VB to make the Playoffs 12 of the 2016 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men with a record of five wins and one loss in Pool C.

“I know the Belgian players very well and I believe in our chances to move up in the European and World rankings,” Heynen said. “My goal is to win a medal with Belgium at an international competition. I think it is possible to combine this position with the responsibility of coaching a club. My experience tells me that I coach better if I’m doing both things at the same time. You’re more involved when you follow volleyball everyday when being at the helm of a club team.”

As early as now, Heynen is already keen on the aspects he wants to change for his future new team. 

“I have analysed the Belgian team and I should say not to make too many mistakes,” Heynen said. “Take as few risks as possible. So the players should rather use a good float serve than a risky jump serve.”

Meanwhile, current Belgium coach Dominique Baeyens will stay until the World League and also for the second qualifying round of next year’s CEV Volleyball European Championship in Greece and also at home in Antwerp. After which, he will most likely continue his work with the national federation at the Eurovolley Centre in Vilvoorde.


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