The Mende Volley Lozère coach has joined German vice-champion Friedrichshafen as assistant coach. A new step for him.
Constant Tchouassi and Mende, it’s officially over. The coach of Mende Volley Lozère, leads the National 2 club to the gates of League A has signed up with the German formation of Friedrichshafen, vice-champion of Germany, on the shores of Lake Constance. A country he already knows since his playing career led him to play in the Bundesliga2.
After more than 10 years spent in the Lozère prefecture, Constant Tchouassi changed category since the German club won 13 times its national championship but also a Champions League (in 2007). In Germany, the technician will join one of his mentors, the Australian Mark Lebedew, of whom he will be the assistant. A choice that corresponds to his career plan.
Very high European level
“I had the feeling that before taking on a big club in League A or in Europe, a stint as an assistant in a club like Friedrichshafen was necessary, he explains. This is a very important step in my construction, and my progress as a coach. I will know another level, the Champions League with an important role. I have never been a deputy, it is an experience from which I will come out better.”
Requested by several French Ligue A and Ligue B clubs, the technician chose to join one of the best European championships. In a club where the number of subscribers on Instagram is twice the number of inhabitants of Mende, Constant Tchouassi will also discover another structure, and the very high level of world volleyball. But also participate in the hatching of young players, as he used to do in Lozère.
Jason Haldan, new coach
A Lozère that Constant Tchouassi leaves with the feeling of accomplishment after having led the club to the final of Ligue B this season (defeat against Saint-Jean-d’Illac), he who had taken charge of the destinies of the club in 2011. “I have the feeling of having given everything to Mende, of accomplished duty, assures the Franco-Cameroonian. If I had left last year, I think I would have regretted it all my life. But this season I leave in better conditions, I can leave with a light heart.”
To replace him, the MVL has already chosen his successor. This is Jason Haldan, 52, former Canadian international (300 caps), who had been coaching AS Cannes (beaten by my MVL in the play-off) since last season.