Vital Heynen has a long history of success, first as a player in his native Belgium then as a coach. He won Belgium’s player of the year award in 2004 and was named best setter in the CEV Champions League the same year. He appeared in 150 matches for the national team. As a coach, he guided Noliko Maaseik to league titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and added Belgium Cup titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He was voted the country’s coach of the year three times. He was appointed Germany coach in 2012 and later that year guided the squad to fifth place at the Olympic Games in London, gold at the 2014 World Championship in Poland and gold at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Heynen has also worked with teams in Turkey, the Netherlands and Poland. Earlier this year, it was announced that Heynen will assume the position of head coach of the Belgian men’s national team starting January 2017.