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Men's nat'l volleyball coach faces discipline after pursuing pro club job

All Headlines 14:05 April 17, 2019

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean men's volleyball head coach Kim Ho-chul will face discipline after actively seeking a professional club job while still under contract with the national team.

The Korea Volleyball Association's performance improvement committee on Wednesday discussed Kim's action from last week, when he approached V-League team OK Savings Bank about their head coaching vacancy. The committee decided to ask the disciplinary committee to open its proceedings in the coming days.

In this file photo from May 9, 2018, Kim Ho-chul, head coach of the South Korean men's national volleyball team, speaks at a press conference at Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

It was initially reported that OK Savings Bank had offered Kim the coaching job and that Kim declined, citing his commitment to the national team.

But on Tuesday, OK Savings Bank said it was Kim who first came calling about the open position and that the team had another candidate at the top of its list.

Kim became the first full-time national team coach in February last year, under the condition that he wouldn't move to a pro club during his tenure. Kim was signed through the 2022 Asian Games, and he was supposed to face a midterm review after the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In light of the controversy, Choi Cheon-sik, head of the performance improvement committee, has offered to resign.

Kim declined to attend Wednesday's meeting and couldn't be reached for comment. On Tuesday, the national federation said in a press release that Kim met with its president Oh Han-nam and vowed to stay committed to the national team.

In this file photo from Aug. 20, 2018, Kim Ho-chul, head coach of the South Korean men's national volleyball team, watches his team in action against Chinese Taipei during the 2018 Asian Games at GBK Volleyball Indoor arena in Jakarta. (Yonhap)

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