Slovenia seeking new women’s coach

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 7, 2017 – Slovenia are looking for a new head coach for their women’s team after Bruno Najdic’s contract with the Federation ran out last year. 

Najdic guided the team to third in their qualification tournament pool for the CEV 2017 European Championship but it wasn’t enough to take them through to the third round of qualifying for the final qualifying round and ultimately the European Championship that will take place in Azerbaijan and Georgia. 

The Federation recently appointed Slobodan Kovac to replace Andrea Giani as head coach to the Slovenia men’s team. 

“We were successful with the public tender for the men's team twice, so we decided to follow the same protocol with the women's team,” Slovenia Volleyball Federation Secretary General Gregor Humerca said. “We expect a good response from coaches, both, Slovenian and from abroad.”

The new coach’s contract will run till 2019 and they will also be expected to lead the Slovenia U23 team at the 2017 FIVB U23 World Championship, which will be held in September in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana.

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They will also face Estonia, Finland, France, Portugal and Germany in their qualifying pool for a place in the FIVB World Championship.

“This season our women’s national team will only compete in 2018 FIVB World Championship qualification tournament in Portugal,” Humerca said. “Since many of the girls in this team are still allowed to play on the U23 championship, we decided not to work with two separated programmes. We feel this was the best solution.” 


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