The reigning Russian Women’s Volleyball Championship titleholders, Lokomotiv, made the change in the coaching staff.
The Superliga champions Lokomotiv appointed Konstantin Sidenko as a head coach. The 48-year-old expert isn’t well known to a wide volleyball audience in the coach’s role but has a notable playing career. Sidenko performed as an outside hitter and libero, being the Russian champion with CSKA in 1996 and Dinamo-Tattransgaz (changed the name to Zenit-Kazan in 2008) in 2007, as well as the winner of the CEV Champions League and Russian Cup with Lokomotiv in 2011. Sidenko was also a member of the Russia National Team but not a regular one. He has been switching his role from an assistant coach to the first coach back and forth in Superliga and lower ranks of the club competition in the country since 2014. His latest job was as an assistant to Aleksey Verbov in the men’s club Zenit-Kazan, last season.
Sidenko replaced Andrey Voronkov at the helm of Lokomotiv after a former ‘Zbornaya’ head coach was disqualified for two years for racism in the last Superliga playoff finals.