Lausanne, Switzerland, May 22, 2014. Vyatcheslav Platonov’s coaching secrets will now be available to a far wider audience after his coaching manual was translated into English.
Platonov was one of the most decorated coaches in volleyball history and as the coach of USSR and later the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) he won the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 1978 and 1982 and the FIVB World Cup in 1977, 1981 and 1991. He also claimed six CEV European Championship gold medals, in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1991 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Russian died in 2005 but during his lifetime he wrote a number of books, with the last of them intended to be a handbook for aspiring coaches. My Profession: The Game is a collection of practical coaching wisdom that he accumulated during his many years at the highest level of international volleyball. In the manual he discusses developing your own style, building a team, the qualities of a successful coach, training and preparation, and coaching the game.
The book has been translated by Valery Walter Lebedew, who was born in the Soviet Union in 1933 before immigrating to Australia in 1949 where he helped found the Australian Volleyball Federation in 1963.
“Basically, the motivation to translate was driven by my brother Alexis and I wanting to know what it was Platonov wrote about,” explained Lebedew’s son Mark. “My father, Valery Walter, did the translation, while Alexis and I helped with editing and proof reading and all of the other things to bring it to the public.”
“I have never read any book like this,” he added. “Other books of this type are full of anecdotes or specific technical details or push some kind of agenda. This one is simple and focuses just on how to coach and how to be a coach. It is equally applicable to all sports, or at least all team sports. The lessons are universal. I think Platonov's legacy is one of excellence.”