Name: RAMESH MENDIGERI
Position: Asst. Coach
Birth Place: Jamkhandi
On Pro Volleyball League, how will it change the sport in the country…
I think it has the potential to change the face of the sport in the country. It provides a great canvas to players to showcase their talent as well as provide them with financial benefits. I am confident that the sport will develop further in India, and owing to live TV coverage and media coverage more youngsters will take up the sport.
On Chennai Spartans, its strengths…
It’s a team with a lot of experience and that, I think, provides us with a huge advantage. Players like Arjuna Awardee Kapil Dev, GS Akhin, Naveen Raja Jacob, VibinM George and the two foreign players,among others, are quick to understand situations and adapt swiftly. The youngsters in the side are players with tremendous promise and speed, and I think we will go the distance.
On his coaching career…
Joined Indian Army in the year 1993 at MEG centre Bengaluru in sports quota. From 1993 to 2005 played for the department and Gold and Silver medals. Attended National Junior India camp during 1993. Won Gold medals at Youth Nationals and senior south zone championship. In 2006-07 I did my Diploma in coaching from the National Institute of Sports Bengaluru.In 2013 I completed my FIVB Level-1 course and learnt a lot on the concepts of the training. I became chief coach of the Indian Army team from 2010to till date and from 2012 to 2018coach of the Services team. I have accompanied the Services team to the World Military Championship held at Rio De Geneiro Brazilduring 2014. As a Head coach of Services team won Gold in the Federation Cup in 2016-17 held at Varanasi UP and won Bronze in the Calicut Nationals 2017-18. In the TRI Services Championship I have guided Indian Army team as Head coach to win the Gold thrice consecutively. Now I got opportunity to work as an assistant coach with Dr MH Kumara, Head Coach of Chennai Spartans team in the PVL 2019.
Highpoint of his coaching career…
1. That would be winning three medals out of four appearances as Head Coach of National Under 21 men team [2002,2006, 2008 and 2010] in the Junior Asian Championships.
2. The achievement of our National Junior team in the 2009 FIVB Junior World Championship in Pune when we qualified for the Semi finals for the first time.