Tuomas Sammelvuo, took over Finland’s men’s national team in 2013 and immediately led them to qualification for the 2014 FIVB World Championship for the first time in 32 years. As a player he competed with clubs in Finland, France, Italy Japan, Russia and Poland, before taking his first coaching position with Finland. He has been capped 296 times for Finland. Sammelvuo’s efforts saw him named the 2014 Finnish Sports Coach of the Year. He had also been named Finland’s Player of the Year four times and in 2013 was voted Finnish Sport Idol of the Year. He currently also coaches Kuzbass Kemerovo in the Russian Superleague during the club season.