Yuri Nikolaevich Kleschev (Russian: Ю́рий Никола́евич Клещёв) - Soviet volleyball coach, referee, writer, teacher. Honored Coach of the USSR (1965). Judge Union category (1971). Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the RSFSR (1989).
Senior coach of the men's volleyball team of the USSR (1963-1969), which twice led to the title of Olympic champion (1964 and 1968), winner of the World Cup in 1965, European champion in 1967, bronze medalist of the World Cup 1969, World Cup 1966 and the European Championships in 1963.
In 1953 he graduated from the State Central Order of Lenin Institute of Physical Culture (GTSOLIFK). PhD (1963) (thesis: Organizational and methodological foundations of long-term training teams of higher ranks in volleyball), professor of theory and methodology of volleyball Russian State Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism (RGUFK) (1984), membership the International Academy of Informatics (1995).
Kleschev is the author of over 100 scientific papers on the subject of volleyball.
Prepared 9 PhDs, 30 honored masters of sport, 10 honored coach of the USSR and Russia.
He was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples (1993), medals.
Died in Moscow on May 31, 2005. He was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery.