Roberto Garcia


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One likens him to a veteran school professor in charge of his pupils. At 59-years-of-age Roberto Garcia is one of the more experienced coaches on the World League circuit however, despite his extensive coaching background, it has only been since the latter stages of 2003 since he has been in charge of the Cuban national menís side.

At the start of his tenure, Cuba was coming off two last-place finishes in the World League but Garcia has turned things round and results have started to swing back towards what they were during the glory days of the 90ís.

Garcia has over 30-years coaching experience, and in that time obtained a degree in Physical Education form the Manuel Fajardo Superior Institute of Havana, having began his Volleyball coaching career in 1971 when he looked after local school and junior teams. From there, he successfully rose through the ranks managing squads in Cuban first division tournaments.

In the 1979-80 season, Garcia gained some invaluable experience on the international coaching scene when he took the reigns of the Iraqi menís national Volleyball team, but it wasnít until 20 years later until he was offered the responsibility of being head coach of the Junior national Cuban side in 1999, a responsibility he duly accepted. Garcia didnít disappoint as he went on to lead the junior side to victory at the 2000 NORCECA Junior Championships. A fifth place finish at the World Junior Championships in Poland followed in 2001.

Now in charge of the senior side Garcia is starting to mould Cubaís young side into a potent attacking unit, which are building towards the 2008 Olympics. His first time in charge during a World League campaign in 2004 saw Cuba immediately improve their win tally and now in 2005, one expects his side to make further steps in the right direction towards the podium.

World League results (not cinluding 2005)
Garcia Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
12 4 8 33.33