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ITA W: Davide Mazzanti and Italian Volleyball Federation Part Ways After Remarkable Journey

by WoV
source: federvolley.it (FIPAV)

The Italian Volleyball Federation announced the mutual decision to part ways with Davide Mazzanti as the head coach of the Italian women’s volleyball national team. This announcement, made through the federation’s official website, brings an end to Mazzanti’s remarkable tenure that started in 2017.

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Under Mazzanti’s leadership, the women’s national team experienced one of its most successful eras. The team clinched Gold at the 2021 European Championships and the 2022 Volleyball Nations League. They also earned Silver at the 2018 World Championship and the 2017 World Grand Prix, along with Bronze at the 2022 World Championship and the 2019 European Championship.

President Manfredi, along with the Federal Council, expressed deep appreciation for Mazzanti’s dedication and achievements. They praised his technical and human qualities, expressing gratitude for his outstanding contribution.

In a heartfelt farewell, Mazzanti reflected on his journey, which spanned 16 years with the national team. Since 2006, he witnessed growth, both personally and as a coach, cherishing every moment, challenge, and triumph. Emphasizing his pride in wearing the Azzurri jersey, he thanked all those who played a part in his remarkable journey.

Taking over in 2017, Mazzanti propelled Italy from 8th to 5th in the world rankings. His first season witnessed the Azzurre’s return to the podium at the 2017 World Grand Prix. His tenure also saw the team’s incredible journey at the 2018 World Championship in Japan, clinching a Silver medal. By 2019, he led them to a Bronze at the European Championships and secured an Olympic qualification. Despite a setback in 2021 with an Olympic quarterfinal exit, the team rebounded with a European Championship Gold and a historic Volleyball Nations League victory.

However, 2023 brought challenges, with a fourth-place finish in the European Championship and missing out on Olympic qualification.

Mazzanti leaves a legacy with 205 appearances for the Azzurre, holding the highest winning percentage (74%) among the top three coaches of the team. His leadership also saw youth teams flourish, with numerous accolades across U18, U16, U19, U17, U20, and U21 championships.

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