Julio Velasco to lead Italy women’s national team


Article Wed, Nov 8 2023

The legendary Julio Velasco, the man that helped shape and lead the ‘golden generation’ that dominated men’s Volleyball in the 90s, has taken over the reins of the Italian women’s national team. The Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) made the announcement on Wednesday after rumours had circulated for weeks since they had parted ways with former coach Davide Mazzanti. Team Italy had a rather disappointing 2023 season, failing to medal at EuroVolley and to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Velasco was previously Technical Director responsible for Italy’s youth national teams – a position he did hold until this past August. 

Velasco’s tenure will start on January 1, 2024. A press conference introducing the legendary coach to the media will be taking place on November 21 in Milan at Centro Pavesi. Before that event, Velasco will not talk to any media or give any interviews whatsoever. 

“We are very happy that Julio has accepted our proposal. We are convinced that a coach of his calibre is the very best choice for our women’s national team. All pre-conditions are there to achieve great results and as always, I am sure that his contribution will be fundamental."

Giuseppe Manfredi
President of the Italian Volleyball Federation