In a fresh update, the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) revealed Marcos Miranda as the assistant coach for the Brazilian men’s volleyball squad. Miranda, no stranger to the national team, was part of the coaching entourage during Brazil’s gold medal victory at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Filling the shoes of Carlos Schwanke, Miranda’s immediate task is the Olympic Qualifiers in Rio de Janeiro from September 30 to October 8. Renan Dal Zotto, reflecting on this appointment, remarked, “Marcos is not just an Olympic champion but also a seasoned coach and exceptional professional. His expertise will surely build on the legacy we started with Schwanke.”
Miranda currently leads Sesi Bauru. His impressive coaching résumé includes stints as the head coach for both the Australian national team and Russia’s Belogorie Belgorod. Miranda, an ex-volleyball player, boasts a remarkable coaching journey, having participated in four Olympics. He served as an assistant to Jose ‘Ze’ Roberto Guimaraes when the Brazilian men’s team clinched the gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Additionally, with his expertise in beach volleyball, he guided the duo of Ana Paula Henkel and Sandra Pires to achieve a commendable fifth position at the Athens 2004 Games.
Rio is among three cities hosting the Men’s Olympic Qualifiers, where Brazil and seven other nations, including Germany, Qatar, Cuba, Iran, Italy, Czech Republic, and Ukraine, will vie for two spots in the Paris 2024 Olympics.