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Coach Profiles
Brazilian Coach

Bernardo Rezende
The 42-year-old Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende was appointed head coach of Brazil's national team in 2001. Under his expert leadership, Brazil has become the world's leading superpower, winning both the World League in 2001 and 2003 and the World Championship in Argentina in 2002. Last year, his squad produced another outstanding performance in the World League finishing a close second to Russia.

A former player, Rezende was a member of the Brazilian squad that won silver medals at the 1982 World Championship in Argentina and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He played the postion of a setter.

He retired in 1988 to become assistant coach of the national team ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Two years later he moved to Italy to coach a women's club in Peruggia. In 1993 he took charge of Modena club and a year later he returned home to be named head coach of the national women's team. In 1994, he coached his squad to the second place at the World Championship and to the victory at the World Grand Prix. In 1996, the team won the bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and the World Grand Prix again and finished third at Sydney 2000.

Now in charge of the men's team Rezende is on the verge of something special. Having shown great form in the 2003 World League and the South American Continental Championship, which they duly won, Rezende's men are strong favourites to claim the 2003 World Cup title and it's hard to look past them.

Tunisian Coach

Giacobbe Anyonio
Giacobbe Anyonio started his job as the head coach of the Tunisian national team in the 1999/2000 season and has been an inspiration since.

Under Anyonioís leadership, Tunisia won the silver medal in the Mediterranean Games at home in 2001 after a magnificent final against Italy before qualifying for the World Championship in Argentina 2002. First place finishes in both the 2002 Arab Championship and the African Championship in Egypt 2003 were followed by qualification to the 2003 World Cup in Japan.

Itís been an impressive run of form for Anyonioís team and the 55-year-old from Italy will be looking to have his charges ready to cause an upset in Japan. He certainly has the pedigree to work wonders.

The sports professor worked as head coach of a number of Italian clubs before being appointed as coach of the Italian womenís national team. It is international experience like that which is helping Tunisia take giant strides in the international world of Volleyball.


French Coach

Philippe Blain

Born in 1960 in Montpellier, France, Philippe Blain has led his country to several considerable achievements since he was appointed France's head coach. The French side advanced to the World League finals in 2001 for the first time, a result that was again repeated in 2002. Also last year in Argentina, Blain's team pulled off a major surprise to stamp his colorful young team as officially elite after their 3-0 dismissal of Olympic champions Yugoslavia in the bronze medal match.

Although France's performance at the 2003 World League was less than satisfactory, their silver medal performance at the European Championship proves that Blain can get the best out of his talented squad and don't be surprised to see them shine again at the 2003 World Cup.

Blain was a regular member of the French national squad in major international competitions throughout the 1980s. The former receiver-spiker played for his country at two World Championships, four European Championships and at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was awarded the best player at the 1986 World Championship in France. Since he began his coaching career in 1991, Blain was in charge of various French and Italian clubs, including AS Cannes, Arego Sets and Alpitour Cuneo. He has been a member of the FIVB Coaching Commission since 1999.


Italian Coach

Gian Paolo Montali

Gian Paolo Montali was chosen to replace former coach Andrea Anastasi and lead Italy's national team to the 2003 World League following more than disappointing results in 2002. The most successful team in the history of the competition managed only fourth place in 2002 and things got even worse for the once invincible Squadra Azzuri at the World Championship in Argentina, where they finished only fifth. Montali's recipe to revert the downhill course seems to be simple: "Attitude, attitude, attitude," he said, underlining that he expected all his star players to dedicate themselves to every competition, match, set and even rally. Montali has already scored a string of achievements in his country where his teams from four cities already won five different championships and he has seen some improvement already in the Italian national team under his wing when they claimed bronze at the 2003 World League and won the European Championship in September. The coaching of the national team is a great challenge for him, he said. He intends to focus on the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which, in his view, is the best way to motivate his team and to show how powerful they can be. (Photo credit to

Japanese Coach

Mikiyasu Tanaka


The 48-year-old Mikiyasu Tanaka was appointed to the senior coaching position for Japan's national team in 2001. His team's priority is to qualify for Athens 2004 after Japan failed to take part in the last two Olympic tournaments. Last year, Tanaka's ambitious squad managed only one win in the World League but finished ninth at the World Championship in Argentina, a sign of improvement in the middle of the Olympic cycle. However, their 2003 World League campaign disappointed again when they only collected three wins and finished 13th. The 2003 World Cup will be a true litmus test for Tanaka and his men, especially in front of their home fans.

A former excellent player, Tanaka was a powerful force in the Japanese national team from 1973 to 1986, and is still spoken about with awe by the sport's aficionados. He was a member of the selection that finished fourth at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, second at the 1977 World Cup and fourth at the 1982 World Championship in Argentina. He also made a major contribution to the successes of his Nippon Steel Club, first as a player, later (1985 - 1990) as a playing manager before finally becoming General Manager of the club. In 1992, he was sent abroad by the Japan Olympic Committee to study Volleyball in the United States and Italy. He coached his country's junior team in 2000.


Serbia and Montenegro Coach

Ljubomir Travica
Ljubomir Travica has been the new coach of the Serbia and Montenegro men's team since taking over from Veselin Vukovic mid-year after he was unable to reach agreement with the federation concerning the national training program. It is some big shoes to fill after Serbia and Montengro finished second at the 2003 World League under Vukovic after losing a sensational final to Brazil.

Travic‚'s first appointment was the European Championship in Germany in Septemeber where he saw his side finish fourth behind Italy, France and Russia. A wildcard helped Serbia and Montenegro reach the 2003 World Cup and give them a chance to qualify for the Olympics, a title which they won in 2000.

Travica was and is still in the service of the Greek club Olympiakos, but the club and the Serbia and Montenegro National Federation have come to an agreement to accommodate both roles.



Miguel Cambero
Thirty-two-year-old Miguel Cambero replaced Cuban head coach David SuŠrez as head coach of the national men's team of Venezuela earlier in 2003 and took his side to a 13th place finish at the 2003 World League in his first assignment.

Cambero, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, coached the national youth team that won the bronze medal at the Youth World Championship in Poland 2001 and last year assisted SuŠrez in Argentina at the Men's World Championship.

Now he has taken Venezuela to the gold medal at the Pan Am Games, Venezuela's first international medal, and a silver medal at the Continental Championships.

 He will be assisted by Argimiro Mťndez.


Doug Beal

The future of the USA Menís national Volleyball team rests in the familiar Ė and capable Ė hands of Hall of Fame head coach Doug Beal.

Beal, who guided the team to its first gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in his first stint with the team (1977-85), returned to coach the menís national team in 1997 and will remain with the program at least through to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

ďI am honored and delighted that the association offered me the opportunity to continue coaching the national team,Ē Beal said. ďI consider coaching the menís team a great honor and responsibility. I think there are a lot of challenges ahead on the menís side, but I am looking forward to our continued rise to the top of menís international Volleyball.Ē

Beal began his volleyball career as a player in his hometown of Cleveland. He earned conference MVP and All-America honors while attending The Ohio State University. Soon after graduating from Ohio State in 1970, Beal joined the U.S. Menís national team.

While playing on the national team in 1970-71, he started coaching at university level before accepting the head coaching position with the USA Menís National Team in 1976 at the age of 29. He helped establish the first-ever year-round Volleyball training facility in Dayton, Ohio, in 1978. The center moved to San Diego in 1981 along with the National Team program.

After finishing 13th at the 1982 World Championships, Beal implemented a new revolutionary offense. His two-man serve reception, innovative use of multiple back-row attackers and swing hitters transformed the sport and led to a decade of dominance for the USA men.

The team won the first leg of the elusive Volleyball ďtriple crownĒ in 1984 when the USA men captured the countryís first-ever Volleyball Olympic gold medal. Legends Karch Kiraly, Steve Timmons and Dusty Dvorak were all part of Bealís Olympic squad. Victories at the 1985 World Cup and 1986 World Championships capped off the American rise to the top of international Volleyball. Kiraly was recently named the best player of the 20th century, while the 1984-88 teams received special recognition in the greatest menís Volleyball team of the century category.

Beal resigned as head coach to become the organizationís National Team Center Director from 1985-87. He remained involved with the organization until 1990 when he moved to Italy to coach a top professional team.

He rejoined the national team program in July 1993 as a special assistant to the Executive Director/CEO. He worked closely with former USAV Executive Director John Carroll, and was responsible for FIVB relations and player development for the USA national teams.

He worked in that capacity until he accepted the programís head coaching position in 1997. Beal helped the Americans climb from No. 10 in the world in 1998 to No. 5 at the beginning of the 2000 season. Highlights of 1999-2000 season were winning NORCECA, finishing tied for second at the 1999 World Cup and winning their pool at the 2000 World League.

The team continued to build toward 2004 during their 2001 campaign. Beal lead the U.S. team to a silver medal at the 2001 NORCECA Championships and qualified for the 2002 World Championships. The 2001 World University Games team (coached by Ruben Nieves) captured the gold medal in China posting an undefeated record in seven matches.

Last season the menís team narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals of the Menís Volleyball World Championship in Argentina and finished tied for ninth out of 24 teams. The USA won its first-round pool with a perfect 3-0 record and handed eventual world champion Brazil its only loss of the tournament. The team, which featured several players making their international debuts during the season, began the year with a record of 2-10 but finished 2002 with a 19-17 mark.

Beal was elected to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1989 and was USA Volleyballís first recipient of the All-Time Great Coach Award in 1995. He was named a finalist for the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) Greatest Coach of the Century. Beal was also recently selected to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary All-Era Team as a coach during the Menís 1978-2002 era.

Beal is married to Nonie and is the proud father of Mitchell, 9, and Madeline, 6.


Veselin Vukovic


Veselin Vukovic from Serbia and Montenegro was appointed in September 2003 as successor to Abdel Hamid El-wassimy as coach of the Egyptian menís team after Egypt lost the African Nations' Championship in their homelands against Tunisia in August 2003.

El-wassimy is now the trainer of the team while Vukovic, the former coach of Serbia and Montenegro, made a good start with the team when he won the gold medal at the All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria in October, just days after he received his job.

Vukovicís long history as coach of Serbia and Montenegro ended with a great achievement at the 2003 World League where he led the national menís team to the final against Brazil, which they just lost in five exhilarating sets. He started his coaching career with the Yugoslavia youth team at the 1991 World Championship in Cairo before taking them to the 1996 and 1998 European Championships and the 1997 World Championship in Bartizan.

The 47-year-old was first appointed coach of the Yugoslavian national menís team ahead of the 2001 Mediterranean Games before taking the team to fourth place at the 2002 World Championship in Argentina.

Vukovic left his post with Serbia and Montenegro after being unable to reach agreement with the national federation concerning the national training program


Joo-Hyin Cha

Head coach of Korean menís team Joo-Hyun Cha has impressive coaching background having been involved in the Korean club scene since 1996.

The 47-year-old father of one has long been involved in Volleyball and ever since taking on his first coaching assignment as head coach of Hanil Synthetic Fiber from 1996 to 1998 he has never looked back.

The year 2003 is not the first time Cha has coached an international team. From 1986 to 1989 the mountain climbing enthusiast was in charge of the Qatar national team but now, with a side ranked 15th in the world on his hands, he has a big assignment to see them return to the glory days of old.

However, his success at club level bodes well for the Korean national team. He took his club in Kuwait to the national league title in 1998 and more recently had some good success with the Korean Airlines Menís club in 2002.


CAN Stelio DeRocco

One of the most energetic personalities to ever lead the helm as coach of Team Canada, DeRocco is very excited and honored to get the opportunity to coach the national team of his home country for his first World Cup assignment.

Having first played for Canada in 1977 and first coached the national team in 2001, DeRocco has plenty of international experience behind him and has now taken Canda through more than 200 games.

The 43-year-old spent most of his career as a player from 1980-88 with Bologna in the Italian First Division. With Bologna, he won the Italian Cup in 1984, the Italian Championships in 1985, was the player of the year in 1985, and European Championsí Cup winner in 1986. He also coached in the prestigious Italian Professional League with Montichiari Brescia from 1990-96, where he won the European Cup back to back in 1991-92. He then moved onto Napoli for his last year of coaching in Italy, before taking over as the head coach of team Australia from 1997-2000 where he lead Australia to an eight place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

With wife Valerie, DeRocco has two sons, Michael and Jason. They have always kept a residence in Winnipeg and are now proud to call it home. His hobbies away from Volleyball include watching Ice Hockey, playing golf, working out and spending time with his family. His happiest moments in life are the birth of his children, and in sport participating in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


Di Anhe

A former Chinese international, Di Anhe started his coaching career with the Jiangsu club in 1985.

In 1993, Di was invited to coach the Pakistan national team and led the side to win the South Asian Games championship in the same year.

Afterwards, Di returned to his homeland and became head coach of the Chinese national youth team in 1996.

In 1997, he rejoined the Chinese national team as assistant coach to Wang Jiawei. Then he won the Bangkok Asian Games championship in 1998 and the Asian Championship in 1999 with the team.

Early in 2001, Di succeeded Wang to take the helm of the national side. He started rebuilding the team after the 2001 Asian Championship by replacing most of the veterans with promising newcomers.

The Chinese team had a disappointing year in 2002 while the young players accumulated some international experience. More than a month ago, Di led China to second place at the 2003 Asian Championship and a berth at the 2003 World Cup.