Vladimir Kuzyutkin was appointed Bulgaria coach in February, replacing Marcello Abbondanza. Kuzyutkin's last job was at the helm of the Russian women’s team, whom he steered to gold at the 2010 World Championship. The season before that his charges won silver at the World Grand Prix. Previously he led women's side Eczacibasi in Turkey where he won four national championships and was voted coach of the year twice. He also had spells coaching women's club teams Dinamo Moscow and Omichka, and men's side Belogorie in his native Russia.