Dreaming of another drama.
Kim Jong-min, 48, the head coach of the Korea Expressway Corporation in women’s professional volleyball, achieved the team’s “V2” in the 2022-2023 season by writing the first ever “LOS, WIN, LOS, WIN” in the women’s V League championship game. For his strong leadership, Kim was labeled a “master coach. He is not satisfied with that and has his sights set on the top this season.
Since the 28th of this month, he has been training with the team in Japan for the first time in five years. “As a coach, the goal is always the highest,” he said at the Torei Arena in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. I hate losing the most, so I hope the players will show a lot of competitive spirit as well,” he said at the Otsu Dorei Arena in Shiga, Japan, where the team is preparing for the new season. Apart from the rebuilding, he is not willing to give up on winning.
On March 22, he signed a three-year contract with the team. He didn’t disclose a specific amount, but it’s the best deal he’s ever gotten. If he fulfills his contract and leads the team until 2026, he will have completed 10 years, surpassing the previous record of nine years for the longest tenure in the women’s team.
“I’ve lived in Gimcheon for a long time, and I thought about whether it was right,” he said, “but I chose to re-sign because the club needs me, and I know the team and the players well.” “I’m not thinking about how good it feels, I’m thinking about how to build this team,” he said. “There’s talk of ‘same old volleyball,’ but it’s a coach’s job to build a team that can win. We will continue to work on maximizing our strengths and minimizing our weaknesses.”
That’s why training camps are so important. “Players always train in the same environment, so it’s essential for them to train in a different environment,” Kim said. “I want them to see and feel the sophistication and skill of Japanese players. You don’t get better just by repeating training, you have to feel and succeed, and I think ‘seeing’ is also important for that.”
Recently, veterans such as Park Jung-ah (Pepper Savings Bank) and Jung Dae-young (GS Caltex) left the team. In their place, younger players such as Ko Eui-jeong, Choi Ga-eun, and Park Eun-ji have joined the team. “There will be difficulties with Go, as she has only been with the team for a few days,” Kim said, “so practice matches are important to minimize that and find her strengths.” Regarding Park Eun-ji, Kim said, “She seems to have an introverted side,” adding, “She is a young player and an expected setter. I hope she talks more and stays cheerful,” he laughed.먹튀검증
He also talked about the new foreigner, Vanya Vukiric. “He’s exceeded my expectations,” he said, “He’s positive, he integrates quickly, and he’s willing to learn more. “I think training and practice games are very important because he’s a young player and hasn’t played a lot of professional games,” he said. “There’s still a little bit of overlap, but it’s a matter of settling down in the training process,” he added.
Finally, Kim gave an honest and sober assessment of the team, saying, “I don’t think we’re that weak, and I don’t think we’re that strong, even though we’re missing (Park) Jung-ah or (Jung) Dae-young,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about how they do what I want them to do. “In the end, it’s about how they do what I want them to do,” he said, adding, “There will be a hard training process, and if I lower my goals, they will be weaker. As a coach, the goal is always the highest,” he said.