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Volleyball: Bernardi named as Italian national 'B' team coach

2009-03-24 10:42:00

Italian Volleyball Federation President Carlo Magri (centre) with Lorenzo Bernardi (right) and Andrea Anastasi in Rome

Lausanne, March 23, 2009 – Lorenzo Bernardi has been named head coach of the Italian Men’s “B” team, the Italian Volleyball legend’s first coaching appointment.

The 40-year-old Bernardi, who was named FIVB’s Player of the Century alongside USA’s Karch Kiraly in 2001, will lead Italy’s second-string side at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, through June 26 to July 5.

Andrea Anastasi is the current head coach of the Italian Men’s first team.

Bernardi, speaking in Rome last week, said, “I have to thank Italian Volleyball Federation President Carlo Magri and Anastasi for their faith in me. It is great opportunity to immediately debut as a coach with the national team. I have never thought about sitting behind a desk, I wish to work in the gym and I hope to do my best.

“I hope the players I have demonstrate that they can also run for a place in the first team. And what I ask is for people not to compare these players to me. This a team coached by Lorenzo Bernardi not the team of Lorenzo Bernardi. None of the players should be compared to what I have done,” said Bernardi.

In a stunning playing career, Bernardi won numerous medals for Italy including gold at the 1990 and 1994 FIVB World Championships, 1993 FIVB Grand Champions Cup, 1994 FIVB Super 4 and 1995 FIVB World Cup and 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994 FIVB World Leagues, as well as silver at the 1996 Atlanta Games and numerous European medals.

“My job with the “B” team will end after the Mediterranean Games. Then I hope this collaboration will continue in some way and I could also expect offers from clubs because my future is on the bench as a coach, said Bernardi.

(Credit: FIVB)