Women’s professional volleyball team Hyundai E&C will keep head coach Kang Sung-hyung (53) until 2026. The team gave a boost to Kang, whose contract was set to expire this season, by re-signing him early.
According to the volleyball world on Nov. 19, Kang signed a new contract with Hyundai E&C until 2026 ahead of the 2023-24 season.
It’s a big move for the organization, just as the women’s Korea Expressway Corporation signed Kim Jong-min to a new contract through 2026.
This season was the final year of Kang’s three-year contract, but he was rewarded early.
After retiring from active duty in 2003, Kang served as the head coach of the men’s Hyundai Capital team before becoming the head coach of LIG Insurance (now KB Insurance). After serving as the head coach of the women’s national volleyball team, he took the helm of Hyundai E&C in March 2021.
He led the team to the 2021 KOVO Cup in Uijeongbu-si, South Korea. The team posted a dominant 28-3 record (82 points) in its first season in the V-League, but had to settle for the regular season title as the season ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kang was awarded the Women’s Coach of the Year award for the 2021-22 season.
Hyundai E&C cruised through last season, setting a new record with a 15-game winning streak from the start, but fell short in the postseason playoffs to Korea Expressway Corporation.
In his first two seasons at the helm, Kang Sung-hyung has managed a respectable 52-15 record in the regular season.메이저사이트
Kang is credited with building a stable team by uniting his players with his natural ‘duck jang’. In addition to veterans such as Yang Hyo-jin and Hwang Yeon-ju, he has helped younger players such as Lee Da-hyun, Jung Jeong-yoon, and Kim Da-in establish themselves as mainstays of the team.
Hyundai E&C selected Moma Bassoko (Cameroon) as a foreign player this season, Wipawee Sittong (Thailand) as the Asian quarterback, and brought in outside hitter Kim Joo-hyang as compensation for Hwang Min-kyung (IBK). With a 1-1 record (4 points) after the start of the season, Hyundai E&C is considered a strong contender in ‘spring volleyball’.
Kang, who is known for his gentle leadership, is expected to stay at the helm of Hyundai E&C for five seasons.