Spanish Volleyball International Congress to feature well-known top-level coaches
The city of Valladolid will host the eleventh edition of the Spanish International Congress on Volleyball Training November 2 to 4. High level international coaches, including Raul Lozano and Marco Mencarelli, as well as Spanish coaches Francisco Hervas, Fernando Muñoz and Ricardo Maldonado will participate.
The Argentine Raul Lozano, originally from the city of La Plata, is one of the most experienced and successful coaches on the international scene. He has successfully served in some of the top clubs and top national teams of the world, including Sisley Treviso, Lube Banca Macerata, Iveco Palermo, Iraklis Thessaloniki, and the national teams of Spain, Poland and Germany.
Italian Marco Mencarelli is the coach of the Junior Women's National Team of Italy. He has been responsible for the grass-root programmes of Italy’s teams, achieving a wide range of successes – most notably the 2011 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship and the CEV Women’s Junior European Championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Mencarelli has also coached the Italian women's national team, winning the Mediterranean Games in 2005.
The Congress will welcome the coach of Spain’s national men’s team, Fernando Muñoz. The Madrid-born coach will attend Valladolid having achieved third place in the 2012 CEV European League. He has also had a successful career with clubs includin Arkas Izmir, Eurosport Brutium Cosenza, Numancia Voley and Unicaja Almería.
Francisco Hervas is the coach of Spain’s women’s national team. He finished his first season with them by qualifying to play the 2013 CEV Women’s European Championship. Hervas, who was a legendary player in Spain, returned this season to lead the women's national team after coaching the national squad from 1997 to 2000 and taking a five-year stint directing the men’s national team.
Ricardo Maldonado completes the trio of Spanish national coaches participating in the Congress. The coach of Spain’s youth national team recently achieved one of the biggest successes of Spanish volleyball history, winning a silver medal in the 2012 CEV Junior European Championship. He also led the youth national team to a historic silver medal in 2011 FIVB Youth World Championship.
A large turnout of fans and volleyball professionals is expected in Valladolid for one of the most important development events held in Spain.