The world of volleyball is mourning the loss of a remarkable figure. Tore Aleksandersen, the Norwegian volleyball coach famed for his tenure at Allianz MTV Stuttgart and SSC Palmberg Schwerin, passed away at 55 on December 6, succumbing to cancer. His death marks not just a loss to the sport but the departure of an individual who was much more than a coach.
Aleksandersen, renowned for his calm demeanor and ability to radiate positivity and energy, was a beacon of resilience and strength. Despite his battle with cancer, he remained dedicated to volleyball, drawing strength from the sport. His approach to coaching was marked by passion, meticulous attention to detail, and a deep concern for his players’ needs and thoughts.
His journey in German volleyball began in 2003, and he soon etched his name in history by leading SSC Palmberg Schwerin to a German Championship and DVV Cup title in 2006, followed by another championship in 2011. Aleksandersen’s impact at Schwerin was profound, with a total of 228 appearances over seven years, making him one of the club’s most successful coaches.
In December 2020, amidst his battle with cancer, Aleksandersen returned to Germany to coach Allianz MTV Stuttgart. His determination and expertise were evident as he led Stuttgart to the final series for the German championship in his first year and subsequently to a national double and the final of the CEV Cup.
The 2022/23 championship title, secured amidst health challenges, was a testament to his indomitable spirit. Aleksandersen ended his illustrious career after this season due to his illness.
Beyond the Bundesliga, Aleksandersen’s legacy spans various roles including coaching the Norwegian men’s national team, the Finnish women’s team, and achieving success in Norway, Poland, and the USA. His recent appointment as an honorary member of the Norwegian Volleyball Federation underscores his remarkable achievements.
Aleksandersen passed away in his hometown of Molde, Norway. His life, marked by dedication to family and his profession, leaves an indelible mark on the world of volleyball. WorldofVolley, along with countless others in the volleyball community, extend their deepest condolences to his loved ones. Tore Aleksandersen will be remembered not only as a masterful coach but also as an inspiring and extraordinary individual whose influence transcended the boundaries of the sport.