Radostin Stoychev

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Radostin Svetoslavov Stoychev (Bulgarian: Радостин Светославов Стойчев;)(born September 25, 1969) is a former Bulgarian volleyball player and head coach.

Radostin Stoychev was born in the Bulgarian capital Sofia intto the family of volleyball coach Svetoslav Stoychev, whose achievements include a world championship title with the junior Bulgarian national team.

He owns a restaurant chain and several laundries, and also holds a Volleyball academy with Matey Kaziyski for children in Bulgaria.

As a player, Radostin Stoychev represented CSKA Sofia, Minyor Buhovo (with whom he won the national title) as well as teams from Portugal, Spain, Austria, Serbia and France (Tours VB). He played as a setter.

Stoychev's managerial career began at Slavia Sofia, whom he coached from 2003 to 2005, winning the Bulgarian Volleyball Cup in 2003. From 2005 to 2007, Stoychev was with VC Dynamo Moscow as their assistant manager. In Russia, he won the national championship in 2006 and the national cup in 2007.

In 2007, Stoychev was appointed the manager of Trento-based Italian Volleyball League team Trentino Volley. Stoychev attracted several of Bulgaria's top volleyball players to the club, such as Matey Kaziyski, Vladimir Nikolov, Smilen Mlyakov. In his debut 2007–08 season, he won the Italian national championship, an achievement comparable to the feats of Julio Velasco and Paulo Roberto de Freitas. In the following 2008–09 season, Trentino Volley's first season in the CEV Champions League, Stoychev led the club to the title in Europe's premier volleyball competition. The Bulgarian coach would sit on the bench of Trentino Volley until 2013. Stoychev in the season 2010-11 with Trentino won the FIVB Club World Championship, CEV Champions League and the Italian Scudetto. In 2011, Radostin Stoychev replaced Silvano Prandi and became head coach of the Bulgarian national team. He was released from his duties in May 2012, following a 1:3 loss against Germany during one of the qualification tournaments for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Nevertheless, Stoychev was reinstated as head coach a few days later following a heavily publicized media cross-fire between him, also supported by several of the team's star players, and the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation's Administration, which prompted the personal involvement of Boyko Borisov himself, the then Prime Minister of Bulgaria, in order to resolve the critical situation. Stoychev succeeded in qualifying the team for the 2012 London Olympics on his second attempt, but subsequently decided to step down due to a conflict of interest with the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation. Stoychev in three consecutive years named Best coach of the year in Bulgaria 2010, 2011 and 2012.

This page was last edited on 20 September 2017, at 21:46.
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radostin_Stoychev under CC BY-SA license.

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