Mr. Nikolai Karpol, nicknamed "The Howling Bear" definitely
to category - the famous people in volleyball. Karpol is known for his
great achievements as well as his outstanding coaching style.
Famous People in Volleyball - Volleyball Coach Known All Over
Karpol is a charismatic and one of the most experienced international
volleyball coaches. Karpol is
two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1980 and 1988
three-time Olympic silver medalist in 1992, 2000 and 2004
World Champion in 1990
three-time World Championships bronze medalist in 1994,
1998 and 2002
Karpol has become a cult figure to volleyball fans due to his personal
coaching style. He is famous about loud time-outs and aggressive
yelling at the players - and the very next moment his softer coaching
style takes over again and he can have a warm smile on his face.
Karpol's nickname is "The Howling
Karpol retired his successful coaching career after 2004 Olympic Games.
His timeouts will be greatly missed, those were fun to watch.
Quick Facts about Famous People in Volleyball - Coach Karpol:
Name: Nikolai Karpov (sometimes seen
Nikolay Karpol, in Russian Николай
Born:May 1, 1938 in Brest region, Russia
Teams:Russia Women's National Team (The
in the early years), Croatia Women's National Team, Uralochka
Ekaterinburg (club team in Russia)
Nickname: "The Howling Bear"
Skills: Uses his mathematical skills in
and has organized the game based on mathematical game theories. Karpol
has said he recruits players who are strong, completely self-confident
and who will not admit any greater authority than themselves.
Individual awards: FIVB Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991, and the
best coach of the 1990 Volleyball World Championships.
Gold: 1980 and 1988, silver: 1992, 2000 and 2004
Gold: 1990, bronze: 1994, 1998 and 2002
Winner of the European Champions League (Champions Cup):
1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995
Volleyball Quotes from the Famous People in Volleyball -
Coach Nikolai Karpol
"Behind me there are quite a lot of years of work as a volleyball
coach. I had five Olympic finals and I got two gold medals and three
silvers." Nikolai Karpol after announcing his retirement.
"I always have to say I'm an actor, performing in front of spectators,"
Nikolai Karpol said when he was given a loud boos from the audience for
yelling at his players during time-outs and after misplayed points.
"The players create the screenplay."
"You have to study psychology. A coach is a teacher, the player is his
pupil, who apart from physical ability and knowledge of the game has a
character which the coach has to get to know."
"Today our team looks the exact opposite. In Barcelona, we had a very
experienced team, and the Cubans were very young. Now we are young and
they have the experience. It's quite possible that wisdom will
conquer." -- Nikolai Karpol
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