‘Eternal Libero’ Yeo Oh-hyun Turns Coach…“Please Support My Leadership Life”

At the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the women’s professional volleyball team’s foreign player tryouts were held on Aug. 8 (KST), ‘rookie’ Yeo Oh-hyun (46), a coach from IBK, still walked. “We only trained together in the weight room, but he counted out loud and shouted encouragement from the sidelines. It’s not just me working out. I have to yell more than I did when I was a player to motivate everyone,” he laughs.

Yeo is still a “rookie coach” who has been with the team for less than two months. He started his job at the Asian Quarterfinal Draft on May 29, and has only been training with the team for about three days because he has been attending foreign player tryouts. “I’ve watched a lot of videos of the women’s team. I realized that I had to study a lot because they were not what I thought they would be,” he said.

Yeo is known as the “man of records” and the “eternal libero”. He played a total of 20 seasons for Hyundai Capital, starting in the V-League Men’s Division in 2005 and continuing with Samsung Fire until last season. He played 625 matches, 스포츠토토 the most in the organization’s history, and ranked first in reception accuracy (8005) and first in digs (5219). She is more than 1,000 digs shy of the second-best mark in each category. He remained healthy in the 2023-2024 season, appearing in 22 matches. “I’m more proud of the fact that I didn’t miss a season than I am of titles like 45 years old or 600 games,” said Yeo, who also completed his ’45 Project’ to retire at 45.

There was a coach who noticed Yeo’s sincerity, persistence, and determination.

It was Kim Ho-cheol (69), a director at IBK. Kim and Yeo had a priestly relationship at Hyundai Capital. When Kim was about to retire, he called Yeo and offered her a coaching position. “I was grateful, but honestly, I was more afraid. “I thought, ‘Will I be able to do a good job and won’t I put pressure on the coach?’ I’m grateful that the coach gave me the strength to say, ‘You can do it,’” she said. “Coach Yeo is very self-motivated and sincere enough to play until her 40s. I think she can be a good coach.” ”I think the players will learn a lot from her in terms of defense and reception. That’s what I was hoping for,” Kim explained.

Yeo has tasted plenty of victories in her career, and is the second most decorated coach of all time (nine) behind Yoo Kwang-woo (39, Korean Air – 11). “Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t greedy. As a player, I really wanted to fill it up, but it’s a shame that I retired with a missing piece of the puzzle,” Yeo said. He hopes to fill this gap as a coach one day.

Yeo’s son, Yeo Kwang-woo (Song Sango 3), is following in his father’s footsteps as a libero. It’s a close call. If Yeo had stayed in the game longer and her son had entered the draft right out of high school, it could have been an unprecedented situation of father and son playing together. “When I told him (I was retiring), he said, ‘Real? ‘ He said, ‘Dad, why? He said he decided to try a new challenge,” Yeo said.

Despite her successful career, Yeo has one regret.

He didn’t get to say goodbye to the fans of Cheonan, the last team he played for. “I can’t do it right now, but I’m not far away. I’m still in the volleyball world, so I’ll have a chance to say goodbye to the fans at some point,” he said. “I want to thank them for their support and applause. I hope you will continue to support me as I grow as a coach,” she said.

Coach Yeo, who worked harder than anyone else, is now on the path of leadership. She is determined to do her best in this field as well. “I’m new to the women’s game, 온라인 슬롯 but Coach Kim told me that volleyball is played by the same players anyway. As a player, I wanted to be a fighter and a passionate player, and now I want to help our players do the same.”

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