Roberley Luiz Leonaldo (Rubinho) was born in Curitiba (one
of the largest Southern Brazilian cities), where he began his career in
volleyball. He then moved to Sao Paulo taking up the position of assistant
coach at the club formerly known as Banespa, working alongside coach Mauro
Grasso from 2002-2006. The club took the Superleague title in 2004. Rubinho later
took over the team from Mauro Grasso, seeing it through two name changes, the
Brazil Volleyball Club and then São Bernardo Volleyball.
On the national team front, Rubens has worked for the men’s youth team that
took the World Championship title in 2001. In 2006, he became assistant coach to
Bernardo Rezende on Brazil’s men’s national team helping them to four World
League wins, (2006/2007/2009/2010), two World Championship titles (2006/2010),
two Pan American Cup wins (2007/2011), a
win at the 2007 World Cup Championship and silver medals at the Beijing (2008)
and London (2012) Olympic Games.