2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

 

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2005 edition
 
Luis Felipe Calderon and Eugenio George Lafita  
Former assistant coach Luis Felipe Calderon made his debut as head coach of the Cuban womenís team at the 2002 World Championship in Germany where he finished in a credible fifth place. But ever since the glory days of the 1990ís, Cuba continues to struggle to get back on to the podium and heads into the 2004 World Grand Prix in search of some moral boosting form.

The 1994 and 1998 World Champions and three-time Olympic champions are now in the rebuilding phase with players like Yanelia Santos and Nancy Carillo de la Paz just 18 yearís old and itís up to Calderon, who took Cuba to the silver medal at the 2003 NORCECA Continental Championship, and the renowned Eugenio George Lafita, 70, who is accredited with the status of assistant coach, to put Cuba back on track.

Lafita was in charge when Cuba finished 11th out of 12 teams at the 2003 World Grand Prix, registering just one win (over Italy) from five matches but has been Calderonís right hand man ever since, when Cuba finished sixth at the 2003 World Cup and qualified for the Olympics by winning the Norceca Continental qualification tournament in December.

Lafita, who was elected as FIVB Coach of the 20th Century, brings a lot of experience to the set up and itís not uncommon for the two coaches to take leading roles. He made his debut as a coach in 1966 as trainer of the menís team who went on to win the gold medal at the Central American Volleyball Championships. In 1970 he took over the Cuban womenís team, beginning a golden period for Cuban Volleyball for the now famous ďMorenas del CaribeĒ.

Luis Felipe Calderon                                                                                                                                           Eider George Lafita


Percentage of Wins

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