Thursday, April 27, 2017

Uralochka coach Nikolai Karpol receives lifetime achievement award

On Monday, Uralochka-NTMK women's volleyball team head coach Nikolai Karpol received the European Confederation of Volleyball Association's lifetime achievement award.

The presentation of Karpol's award came at the start of the European Champion League's 2014-2015 season at a reception in Vienna, Austria, Ekburg.ru reports.

Karpol was selected to receive the award because of his storied career in coaching both Soviet and Russian national women's teams.

Under his leadership, the USSR's national volleyball team won Olympic gold medals in both 1980 and 1988. Similarly, his Russian and CIS teams won Olympic silver medals in 1992, 2000 and 2004, according to Ekburg.ru.

Additionally, Karpol led Russian and Soviet teams to gold eight separate times at the European Championships in 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2001.

With Uralochka, Karpol led them to the CEV Champions Cup on eight different occasions: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995. Karpol was inducted into the international Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2009, Ekburg.ru reports.

"In my sporting life for 45 years, was two teams and one club: 'Uralochka' and the Russian national team, once the USSR [ended]," Karpol said upon receiving his award, according to Ekburg.ru. "Thirty years I have been working at the highest level with a single command. We do a lot with my girls over the years. Once the Champions League, which used to be called the Champions Cup, won a total of 10 times. In volleyball I have a lot of wins. I remember many finals matches, but my main achievement is that all my girls got married and became mothers."