Nikolay Karpol

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Nikolay Karpol
Мікалай Карполь.jpg
Personal information
Full nameNikolay Vasiliyevich Karpol
NicknameThe Howling Bear
Born (1938-05-01) 1 May 1938 (age 81)
Brzeżnica, Poland
(now Bereznitsa, Belarus)
Coaching information
Previous teams coached
1969-presentVC Uralochka-NTMK Yekaterinburg
Last updated: December 2015

Nikolay Vasiliyevich Karpol (Russian: Николай Васильевич Карполь; 1 May 1938, Bereznitsa village, former Polesie Voivodeship Republic of Poland) is a women's volleyball coach. Known as 'The Howling Bear,'[1] Karpol was a regular at the Olympic Games, with his teams usually earning a last call on the Olympic podium, winning gold medals in 1980 and 1988 and taking the silver medals in 1992, 2000 and 2004 for a total of five Olympic medals.

Olympics games (as coach): 1980 и 1988 – gold, 1992, 2000, 2004 – silver

World Championships: 1990 – gold, 1994, 1998 и 2002 – bronze

Championships of Europe: 1977 (coach), 1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001 – gold

World Grand Champions Cup: 1997 – gold, 2001 – silver, 1993 – bronze

Grand-prix: 1997, 1999, 2002 – gold, 1998, 2000, 2003 – silver, 1993, 1996 и 2001 – bronze

Winner of the European Championese League (Champions Cup): 1981–1983,1987,1989,1990,1994, 1995

Karpol was famous for yelling at his players all throughout matches. According to his own statements he never insults players but only gives technical advice. Furthermore he says nobody ever left a hall because of his yelling but many people have left halls because of bad matches.[citation needed]

For lifetime dedication and great career, he was inducted in 2009 to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.[2]

Croatian journalist and publicist Tomislav Birtic published a book Karpol: Lunatics - That's What I Need.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Famous People in Volleyball. Coach Nikolai Karpol
  2. ^ Volleyball Hall of Fame. "Volleyball Hall of Fame Honorees". Archived from the original on 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2010-03-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ tombirtic. "Karpol: Lunatics – That's What I Need". Retrieved 2011-04-25.

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