Ricardo Navajas, born September 27, 1958, took over as Venezuela National Team Head Coach in 2007.
The job is the culmination of 17 years as a coach in the game and a long way from when he started as Head Coach for the Suzano Junior Club in 1990 before becoming Head Coach of the main Suzano Club.
He has picked up a lot of titles along the way. He was South American Champion in 1995, Brazilian Champion in 1992, 1993, and 1996 and eight-time champion in the Paulista League in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
He has got off to a flyer as Head Coach of Venezuela. He led them to first place in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament that guaranteed the South Americans of a place at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Before that, he led the team to fourth at the Pan Americans Games and third at the South American Championships in 2007.
Before taking over the National Team he was technical coordinator for SPFC/Taubaté, while in 2005 he was with E.C. ULBRA, where they were Regional Games Champion, Open Games Champion, claimed second at the Gaucho Region Games, third in the Paulista Championship and fourth in the Brazilian Championship.