Bossier City (dpa) – Vital Heinen has ordered himself to stop laughing. The new national coach of the German volleyball team broke two ribs when he fell down the stairs about three weeks ago.
The always cheerful top Belgian coach continued to look after his team at the training center in Kienbaum.
When preparing for the League of Nations, Heynen repeatedly performed loose exercises during training, which provided amusement. The 52-year-old had to force himself to look away every time, because every laugh hurt him. “Things are getting better and better,” Heinen told dpa before kick-off on June 1 in the United States against Brazil. He meant his involvement and the stage of acquaintance with his new team.
Heynen brings with him a lot of experience
Heynen has an excellent resume. During his first tenure as national coach of the German national volleyball team from February 2012 to September 2016, he impressively won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup – Germany’s first World Cup medal in 44 years. Later with Poland, in addition to the 2018 World Cup title, he also won the bronze medal twice at the European Championships (2019, 2021). After the team missed the medal goal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Heynen’s expired contract was not renewed.
It’s always been the men’s teams where Macyek’s man has succeeded. Years ago, Heine also took care of the Belgian women who wear beach volleyball, but this is not worth mentioning. Now he wants to repeat his successes from the men’s area with a women’s team. And the task of Felix Koslowski’s successor will not be difficult only because of the change in the environment.
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In the same position, Heinen is missing important substitute Kimberly Drunyuk in the so-called Nations League, who only wants to be available again for the World Cup from the end of September. So what does someone like Heynen do who isn’t shy about unusual ideas and methods? He changes his system. radically alters it.
A father of three wants his new team to have three adoption professionals. “No one in the whole world plays that way,” Heinen said. “Hopefully we can find a good solution with this. I’m convinced of that in the long-term. His players are ‘very open’ to something new.
“Restrictions lead to creativity”: this is how Heinen described his project. Its players can literally feel that the new roles will also give them freedom. “Even if it doesn’t work out, they have developed individually,” said Heinen, who wants to “diversify” his players.
A great mission awaits
Those who can personally benefit from their time with the national team prefer spending the summer and fall months there. “We see a road together, but we don’t yet know what it looks like,” explained project manager Heynen, who has a three-year contract with the German Volleyball Federation.
“We expect him to be able to develop the players individually as well as the team as a whole,” sporting director Christian Donnis said when Heinen took over at the end of January. Recently, the team surrounding captain Jennifer Janska has stagnated. “I want to make the team better over the years,” Heinen emphasized.
The first location is the League of Nations. The top 16 teams in the world will play the title in three stadiums over six weeks. Games are important to the world ranking. The Heinen tour group begins in Bossier City (Louisiana, USA) before stopping in Brasilia (Brazil) and Calgary (Canada). The adventure can begin.