June 20, 1952 in Kravare
Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia
Head Coach Silver WCH 2006. Bronze OG 2006, WCH 2011 and 2012. Bronze WCH U20 2005.
In 1984, he began his career as a coach in Trinec, while pursuing his coaching studies at the Charles University in Prague. He worked in Trinec until 1990 and, in early 1990s, he moved to Germany, where he coached for Soudhofen and Füssen.
After return, he worked as a coach in Olomouc (1992-93) and Vitkovice (1993-94) and, subsequently, he returned back to Trinec (1995-99). In 1995, he advanced with the local club to the Czech Extraleague, the highest-level league in the Czech Republic, and in each of the following seasons his team made it to the playoffs. In 1998 and 1999, the Trinec team won silver and bronze, respectively.
In 2001, he won another bronze medal, this time with the team of Vitkovice, a regional rival of Trinec, and the very next season his club advanced to the Czech Extraleague finals. Later on, he coached for HC Sparta Prague, helping the team win bronze medals in the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons. In 2008, he returned as a club coach back to Vitkovice. In the 2009/10 season, his team made it to the Czech Extraleague finals.
At the national level, he started as coach of the Czech under-20 team, with which he won bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships in the United States. This team included players such as David Krejčí, Rostislav Olesz or Roman Červenka.
In the following season, he became head coach of the Czech national team. He was in charge of the team during the 2006-08 period, capturing bronze during the 2006 Olympics in Torino and silver at the 2006 World Championships in Riga.
He returned back to the national team’s bench in the summer of 2010. The national team, led by Alois Hadamczik and assistant coach Josef Paleček, won bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia and at the 2012 World Championships in Sweden/Finland.