Born: January 22, 1933 in Moscow, Russia
Died: May 30, 2010 in Moscow, Russia
Category: Male Indoor Player
Player, coach, strategist, administrator, and leader, Yuri Tchesnokov has had a multifaceted career in volleyball. While his greatest achievements may have come as a player, he also successfully established careers as coach and administrator.
Yuri Tchesnokov was a career military man who participated in the Central Army Sports Club (CSKA), the Soviet army team. He played volleyball from 1954 to 1966 on the CSKA team and the USSR National Men's Team, winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1964. Tchesnokov was one of the most formidable hitters of his day with a power spike, savvy strategy, and fantastic blocking technique.
He won gold medals at the World Championships in 1960 and 1962 and at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He also won the USSR title nine times, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966.
As a coach during the 1960s and 1970s, he adapted many of the new volleyball techniques introduced by other coaches to retain the Soviet pre-eminence in men's volleyball competition. He coached the CSKA team from 1967 to 1977 and briefly again in 1983, while concurrently coaching the USSR National Men's Team from 1971 to 1976. He also coached the Soviet Men's National Team to a gold medal at the European Championships in 1971, a bronze medal at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 a silver medal at the World Championships in 1974, a gold medal at the European Championships in 1975 and a silver medal at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976. During this period, his CSKA team also won ten national titles.
After his coaching career, Tchesnokov went on to leadership within the USSR and in the Federation Internationale de Volleyball, serving as Vice President from 1976 to 1978 1980 to 1992 and 1994 to 1998. He also served on the Rules of the Game Commission, Sports Organizing Committee, Coaches Commission and as Rules and Referee Coordinator.
Yuri Tchesnokov is being inducted as a player for his contributions on the playing court, but his other contributions in the world of volleyball are also recognized as outstanding.