Julio Velasco to continue as head coach of Iran men's team
At a press conference held in Tehran yesterday, Dr Mohammad Reza Davarzani, president of the Iran Volleyball Federation said, “We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Julio Velasco to continue his work as head coach of our national team for the next two years.”
The president also expressed his satisfaction and enthusiasm about the future direction of the men’s senior and under 23 teams, which will run under Velasco’s supervision.
Iran’s men’s national team have reached significant heights under Velasco’s guidance. In 2011 the team won the 2011 Asian Volleyball Championship held on home soil. They also earned a ticket to the 2013 World League qualification tournament and achieved 14th place in the last FIVB world ranking.
Speaking at the press conference Velasco said, “We are very satisfied with the results attained last year and now we are prepared to compete in the World League. We have to continue our development within this year’s World League cycle and then in 2014.”
Velasco, whose coaching career spans more three decades, has also coached Italy’s men’s and women’s national volleyball teams as well as the men’s national teams of Spain and the Czech Republic.
Under his leadership, Italy’s men’s national team won the FIVB World Championship (1990,1994), FIVB World League (1990-1992, 1994, 1995), World Cup (1995), European Championship (1989, 1993, 1995), FIVB World Grand Champions Cup (1993) and a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.