The Finn Tuomas Sammelvuo appointed new coach of the Men’s National Volleyball Canada team

Thursday, Tuomas Sammelvuo was appointed new head coach of the men’s volleyball male program.

Thursday, Tuomas Sammelvuo was appointed new head coach of the men’s volleyball male program.

Sammelvuo is a former player, both professional and for his native Finland, and is the current head coach of the PlusLiga team, Grupa Azoty Zaksa, based in Poland.

He was previously chief coach of the Finnish national team and led Russia to the gold medal of the League of Volleyball Nations in 2019 and a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. The Russians have Eliminated Canada from Tokyo Games in the quarterfinals of the male tournament.

“I saw the Canadian team develop over the years as a player and now as a coach, and I have a lot of respect for the work that coaches and athletes have done with the program until now,” Sammelvuo said. “I can’t wait to take up this challenge and bring my experience to the team and collaborate with the coaches of the development system to ensure the future success of the program.”

Sammelvuo played for the best teams from Europe and Asia during his long career as an athlete. He played for Finland from 1993 to 2010 and was appointed captain of the team in 1997.

He was also appointed sports coach of the year in Finland in 2014 and 2021.

“We are delighted that Tuomas joins our program,” said Julien Boucher, director of high performance (interior) of volleyball canada. “His international record is impressive, and he is looking forward to working with our players and our development coaches while we strive to qualify for Paris 2024 and beyond.”

The men’s volleyball team Canada has finished eighth at the Tokyo Games and is currently ranked 15th in the world.

Canada will participate next year in volleyball nations League, which will start on June 6, 2023. The host cities have not yet been announced.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 3, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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