Monday, August 21, 2017

Avtomobilist names Yemelin new head coach

Anatoly Yemelin, a former Russian national team player, was named coach of the KHL Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg team on March 11, when a new general manager was also hired to oversee a hoped-for revival in the team's fortune.

Avtomobilist has not reached the playoffs since 2010 when it lost in the first round. The team is the worst performing team in the KHL this season, RSport reports.

Andrei Shayanov was the last permanent head coach of the team. He was fired in October, at which point defensive coach Igor Upanov took over on an interim basis.

"It's necessary to set the most ambitious goals for next season already so that our team doesn't play just well, but excellently, to achieve results that won't embarrass us," Regional Governor Evgeny Kuivashev, whose administration owns the team, said, RSport reports. "To that end, we've hired one of the most authoritative specialists in the field of hockey, head coach Anatoly Yemelin."

The governor hopes that next season the team will make the playoffs again.

Yemelin's last job was as head coach of Metallurg Novokuznetsk, which he left last week after the team failed to make the playoffs.

Yemelin's former colleague at Metallurg, Leonid Vaisfeld, will also be coming to Avtomoblist to act as general manager, according to RSport.