Avital Selinger led Volero Zurich to a bronze medal at the 2015 Club World Championship
Zurich, Switzerland, May 18, 2016 – Volero Zurich and Avital Selinger have agreed to part ways before the end of the month, having missed qualification for the 2016 CEV DenizBank Champions League Final Four.
Despite dominating the Swiss Championship and Cup, Volero Zurich once again failed to reach their season goal of qualification for the Final Four of the CEV DenizBank Champions League. It last participated in the Final Four in 2007. For the third time in a row, Zurich’s elite squad were eliminated in the sixth stage of the playoffs of the most prestigious club competition in Europe.
After an in-depth analysis of the season with the club committee, Selinger offered to terminate his contract. Consequently, the agreement between the 57-year-old Dutch coach and the multiple Swiss champions will finish by end of May, a year after he joined the club.
Volero Zurich celebrated various achievements with Avital Selinger. The biggest success, without doubt, was the bronze medal at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in front of their home crowd at the Saalsporthalle. “Although the main goal was not achieved, the team have made huge progress under Avital Selinger’s lead,” Volero Zurich President Stav Jacobi acknowledged.
The failure in the 2016 CEV DenizBank Champions League was the deciding factor in Selinger and the club ending their collaboration. “Avital has always emphasised that he was to take responsibility for the team’s result in the 2016 CEV DenizBank Champions League,” Jacobi explained.
President Jacobi is confident that Volero Zurich will find another excellent coach for the upcoming season. “Several top coaches have already expressed their interest,” he confirmed. “Nevertheless, we would like to take our time to finalise our decision.”
Volero Zurich thanked Avital Selinger for his work and wished him well for the future.