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Coaching Staff

  • Dr. M.H. Kumara
    Dr. M.H. Kumara
    Head Coach
  • Ramesh Mendigeri
    Ramesh Mendigeri
    Assistant Coach
  • J.Nadarajan
    Team Manager
Dr. M.H. Kumara
Head Coach

Position: Head Coach


FIVB Level III Coach

Master of Sports Coaching.

International Trainer Course ( Germany)

Age: 62
D.O.B: 14/10/1957
Birth Place: Karnataka

On Pro Volleyball League, how will it change the sport in the country…

It’s the greatest thing happening in India for the development of volleyball. A dream-come-true for the coaching community as well as the players who are dreaming of participating at the elite level. I expect the popularity of the game to increase due to the Pro Volleyball League. The live telecast of the matches and the media coverage will motivate parents to encourage their kids to take up the sport. In turn PVL will also help the players to improve their quality of the game.

On Chennai Spartans, its strengths…

It’s a team with experienced players. Given the format of the League, I think experience will matter and play a big part in it. I expect the experience of setter Kapil Dev to have a big impact given that he is capable of handling two foreign players. That’s a big plus.

On his coaching career…

It began in 1980 when I did my Diploma in Sports Coaching in NIS Bengaluru after my Physical Education degree. I am not an Elite player, but I learned a lot on teaching, training and coaching during the FIVB courses that I studied (Level 1 in 1986, Level 2 in 2002 & Level 3 in 2012). In 1989 I got an opportunity through Sports Authority of India to go to German to undergo an international trainer course. I learnt a lot there. In 1993, I got an opportunity to work with the Cuban coach who was working with our National team. It was a huge learning experience for me. I have done my masters in sports coaching in 1998-2000, and done the Ph.D, on performance analysis during 2013-2018.

Highpoint of his coaching career…

That would be one of my player Mr. Pankaj Sharma who is most disciplined and dedicated towards training has been selected for the Indian team for the Asian Games 2018.Many of my players got selected for the National camps and played Senior Nationals several times. Four of my trainees got selected for PVL 2019. Services team winning the Gold at Federation Cup and winning Bronze at the Senior Nationals has given me an immense pleasure. Under me the Indian Army team participated in sports exchange program at Srilanka and also participated in the first South Asian Army Sports Tournament held at Nepal where we won the Gold medal.

Ramesh Mendigeri
Assistant Coach

Position: Asst. Coach
Age: 47
D.O.B: 07/07/1972
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.

Team Manager

Position: Team Manager
Age: 40
D.O.B: 02/11/1978
Birth Place: Karaikal

  1. Achievements in International Level:
S. No. Name of Competition Venue and date Position Secured/ Participation
1 Test Match (Jr. Team) Thailand
2 Test Match (Jr. Team) China
3 Sivanthi Gold Cup Hyderabad Bronze Medal
4 11th Asian Junior Men Championship Iran (Tehran) Silver
5 Invitation Tournament Tunisia 2nd Place
6 Test Match (Jr. Team) Egypt
7 Junior World Championship Iran (Tehran) 9th place
8 SAF Games Pakistan (Islamabad) Gold Medal
9 Test Match Against Uzbekistan India
10 Rashid Memorial Tournament Dubai Bronze Medal
11 World Qualification Tournament India (Chennai) 3rd Place
12 13th Asian Senior Men Championship Thailand 4th Place
13 Asian Central Zone Championship Srilanka (Colombo) Bronze Medal
14 Rashid Memorial Dubai
15 South Asian Games Srilanka (Colombo) Gold Medal


  1. Performance at National Level Competitions Representing Tamil Nadu State Team
S. No. Name of Competition Venue and date Position Secured/ Participation
1 49th Senior Nationals Calicut (kerala) Silver Medal
2 50th Senior Nationals Raipur (Chhattisgarh) Silver Medal
3 Federation Cup Payyanur (Kerala) Gold Medal
4 51st Senior National Chautala (Haryana) 4th Place
5 32nd National Games Hyderabad (A.P) Bronze Medal
6 53rd Senior National Chennai (Tamilnadu) Quarter Final
7 54th Senior National Pune (Maharashtara) Quarter Final
8 55th Senior National Raipur (Chattisgarh) Quarter Final
9 33rd National Games Guaahati (Assam) 4th Place
10 56th Senior National Jaipur Silver Medal

Represented for Indian Overseas Bank Team:

I was Played Seven Tamil Nadu State Championships and we won four State Championships. 2002 National League Championship Gold Medal. In my Captainship 2007-2008 our team won the State Championship and National League.

My High Lights of performance in Volley ball:

Indian Team:

2004-2006 SAF Games Gold Medalist held at Pakistan and Srilanka. In 2005, 13th Asian Senior Championship 4th place in history of Indian Volleyball.

13th Senior Asian Championship 2005 held at Thailand secured fourth place in history of Indian Volleyball.

Tamil Nadu State:


I am the flag bearer of Tamilnadu contingent in 33rd National Games held at Guwahati (Assam)

FIVB Coaches Course

I was successfully completed my International Level I and Level II Coaches Course organized by International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) also achieved the award as the topper in the Course.

I have organized the following National Championships:-

2008-2010 All India Volleyball Tournement at Karaikal

2011 Indian Volley League Champion – Chennai Spikers Captain.

2013 National Club Volleyball Championship (NCVC)

36th Sub Junior National Volleyball Championship for Boys and Girls at CHENNAI from 7th to 12th February 2014

23rd Mini National Volleyball Championship for Boys and Girls at CHENNAI from 27th to 31st May 2015




I have nominated as ASSOCIATE SECRETARY of the TAMILNADU STATE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION from the year 2014 and till date

I have also nominated by the VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION OF INDIA as JOINT SECRETARY for the period 2015 to 2017.

As Assistant Coach for Indian Team took part in the Brics Games 2018 held at Johannesburg, South Africa. Men team secured Bronze and Women Team secured Silver Medal.