Aleksandr Chervyakov played as a setter before becoming a coach in 1989. He spent 22 years as the assistant coach of the Azerbaijan women's team before being promoted to coach in 2013. In his first year in charge he led his team to 15th place in the 2013 European Championship. At club level he spent two years in charge of Lokomotiv Baku before switching to Azerrail Baku in 2012. The 57-year-old will lead Azerbaijan into their third World Championship campaign in Italy after they qualified by finishing top of Pool J at the European Qualification Tournament.