An Iranian volleyball legionnaire in Turkey

By Rahim Rahim Asl,

BOX SCORE: TEHRAN, Iran (Feb 15, 2022) Boxscore’s Rahim Rahim Asl spoke with Iranian national and current assistant volleyball coach of Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü in Turkey, Nasser Mohimi about his journey in coaching and how he ended up coaching in Turkey.

Who is Nasser Moghimi?

I was born on June 6, 1990. I am a humble servant who grew up in Gonbad Kavous. To progress in sports as a volleyball coach, I left my family and am working in a foreign country.

I started from scratch and I have worked in various age group teams, from basic teams to head coach of the first division league teams. I passed university courses, then obtained coaching degrees from the Turkish Volleyball Federation, so I gained the trust of clubs. I worked for one year in the first division league and three years in the Premier League as an assistant coach with the Bursa Municipality Club, its Turkish name is (Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü).

Technical staff of Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü

What drew you to volleyball?

The city of Gonbad is one of the top volleyball areas in our country Iran, and I, like those people who have volleyball in their blood, enjoy playing and coaching in this field, and there is an unconscious attraction in my heart towards volleyball.

What Iranian volleyball teams did you play for?

Due to the circumstances that happened to me, I could not play at a high level in the Iranian Premier League. At the age of 18, I went to the army and after the army I was preparing to play in the first division (note: according to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran all men from 18 years old to 49 years old must go for military service or conscription in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran). Unfortunately, I tore my cruciate ligament, and a year later, after surgery, I was in the First Division with the team name Foolad Azimi. I decided to immigrate to Turkey and continue my education there and started coaching.

Who were your coaches?

In 2005, I was in my youth, a lad of 15 years old. I used to watch volleyball matches in my city. Seeing Rahman Raufi’s playing techniques inside the playing ground and watching his performances on the field created motivation in me. He turned into a perfect example for me and motivated me to start learning volleyball (Rahma plays both volleyball and beach volleyball and is now the new head coach of the Azarbatari volleyball team of Urmia, which is playing in this season’s Iran Premier League).

With good coaches such as Reza Faraji, Taher Qaradashli, Majid Azmoun, Bai Mohammad Davaji, and Khalil Azemoon (Khalil is ex volleyball player and coach. He is the father of Iranian football legend Sardar Azmoon who currently plays for Germany’s Leverkusen). I took the test and learned the secrets of volleyball from each of these compassionate and hard-working coaches. (These persons are among the most famous coaches of Iran).

What are your worst and best memories in volleyball?

My worst memory goes back to the time when I was in the Junior Esteghlal team of Gonbad. Although I was very ready and needed to play and gain experience, unwanted problems prevented me from playing.

My best memory was in 2007 when I went for a test with the Paykan Tehran team. The coach of the Paykan junior team in those days, who was also the assistant coach of the main team, invited me to get training with the main team of Paykan for a few sessions.

What is your highest wish in volleyball?

My biggest wish in volleyball is to go to the Olympics as the head coach of a national team and to shine in the Olympics.

Why did you leave Iran and end up in Turkey? Tell us about your team and your current position?

After returning from military service, I was preparing myself for the First Division league matches I, unfortunately, had an accident tearing my cruciate ligament tear, so with a one-year deal, I resumed my training. Unfortunately, due to some issues, I had to leave volleyball as a player and immigrated to Turkey to improve my coaching and education. I have been coaching the Bursa Municipality team (Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü) for 4 years now.

In the first year, we went undefeated and won the champion title of the First Division League (in Turkish it is called Birinci league) advancing to the Premier League (in Turkish it is called Efeler Ligi), and now have been at that level for 3 years. I am the second assistant coach of the team.

During these years, we have collaborated with good volleyball players from Iran and the world. I can name Amir Ghafoor, Morteza Sharafi (both from Iran), Leonel Marshall of Cuba, and Murilo Radke from Brazil.

Bursa Volleyball team

Compare Iranian and Turkish volleyball – evaluate them

Comparing volleyball between Iran and Turkey is a long discussion, but in a few sentences I can say that the Turkish League is better than the Iranian League in terms of technology, facilities, and investment, but the potential of Iranian players (men) is much better than Turkish players.

As for women’s volleyball in Iran, I think we still have a lot of room for improvement.

What is your advice to volleyball players to join foreign teams?

I am in contact with most of the top players and I do everything that I can to improve them and become legionnaires. For those fans who have just started playing volleyball and have a goal for themselves in developing volleyball, I recommend it to those that have plans ahead of themselves to work with efficient and aware coaches with secrets of the world of volleyball so that they can achieve better and faster progress

And the last word?
Finally, I would like to express my special thanks to you. It is good that you are thinking of us as the coaches who work in volleyball outside of our country and supporting us. I am the only Iranian coach working in Turkey and I have been officially coaching for 8 years. However, the officials of Golestan province, especially in Gonbad Kavous, which is one of the volleyball cities of Iran, have fallen into
hibernation.

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