Reino Kosonen


August 20, 2022

Reino Kosonen (October 6, 1941 – August 3, 2022) was a Finnish volleyball coach and player. In his career, he coached, among others, the Finnish national volleyball team and Pieksämäki NMKY. He is the most successful Finnish coach of all time.

Pieksämäki NMKY

Reino Kosonen came to the helm of Pieksämäki NMKY in the 1973 season. Before that, he had almost no volleyball coaching experience. Promotion to the SM series was not yet successful in the first coaching season, but in the second Namika was promoted to the SM series. The summer team trained hard with Kosonen's coaching methods. Especially the physical side was the main thing in the team's training, because Kosonen had been a top skier in his active days. Kosonen worked in Namika as a player-coach in the early years. In the very first championship season, he led the team to the Finnish championship, which is still historic because no other team has been able to do the same as a promotion. Kosonen eventually led Namika to no less than seven consecutive SM golds, as well as nine Finnish Cup championships. In addition, he coached the team to the finals of the European Cup no less than three times, which is still a historic achievement for a Finnish club team. Reino Kosonen was finally the coach of Pieksämäki NMKY during 1973-1988. He also served as the head coach of the national volleyball team in 1983. He coached the team to seventh place in the European championships, which was the best ranking in Finnish volleyball history until 2007.

Tarmo & Pateri

After Pieksämäki NMKY, Kosonen immediately led Varkaus Tarmo to the championship in 1989 and the Finnish Cup silver in 1990. In the 1999 season, he led Keski-Savo Pater to the Finnish championship and the Finnish Cup victory. In the 1998 and 2000 seasons, Kosonen coached Pater to bronze in the SM league. He also took Pater to the Finnish Cup championship in 1997 and to silver in 1998 and 2000, when he ended his long coaching career.

Pieksämäki Volley

Kosonen didn't stay away long before returning to Pieksämäki Volley's women's volleyball league as an advisor. Soon he started coaching the team, which advanced to the Finnish championship in 2003 and the cup silver in 2004. After that, Kosonen moved to coach volleyball players at Pieksämäki Vocational College (now Etelä-Savo Vocational College).


Kosonen's son, Henrik Kosonen, currently coaches the Pater team in Keski-Savo. Father and son together won the Finnish championship in the 1999 season, and many other medals during Pater's golden days.


Finnish championship men 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1999 Finnish women's championship 2004 SM silver men 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1990. 1991 WC bronze men 1998, 2000 WC bronze women 2005 Finnish Cup win men 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1997, 1999 Finnish Cup victory women 2003 Finnish Cup silver 1983, 1985, 1990, 1998 Finnish Cup silver women 2004 3 times in the final tournament of the European Cup