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Marco Fenoglio takes over reins of Slovakia women’s national team
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Bratislava, Slovakia, February 27, 2018. The Slovak Volleyball Federation have appointed Italian-born Marco Fenoglio as the head coach of their women’s national team. The 47-year-old Fenoglio officially signed a contract for two years during a press conference held on Tuesday in Bratislava. His main goal will be to achieve success at the 2019 edition of the women’s EuroVolley, especially since Slovakia is one of four countries co-hosting Europe’s premier Volleyball event.
This is the second stint for Fenoglio in Slovakia, as he was the assistant coach of his fellow Italian Emanuele Zanini during Zanini’s successful tenure with the Slovak men’s national team from 2009 to 2011. “When my manager told me about the interest from the Slovak Volleyball Federation I said yes immediately. It took me one second to take my decision. The reason is that I know the people from the Slovak Volleyball Federation very well and I still have many friends here. I have great memories from the time we spent with the men’s national team and I will try to do my best also with the women,” said Fenoglio, who is currently coaching Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA in the highly competitive first division of the Italian national league.
Fenoglio is known for successfully working with both women’s and men’s Volleyball teams. He was head coach, assistant coach and physical coach of several Italian clubs, he worked with the legendary Stelian Moculescu at VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN in Germany and he has experience from his time with the Slovak, German and Italian men’s national teams. However, he has achieved his biggest successes with women’s teams.
The Cuneo-born coach guided Foppapedretti BERGAMO to national league titles in 2006 and 2007 as well. Last season he surprisingly won the Italian league with Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA after his team started the Playoffs from a fifth place in the regular season. Fenoglio has been Italy’s Coach of the Year twice (2006, 2017). “His name goes along with success. We know that he needs time to know the team and after that we will set our goals,” said the President of the Slovak Volleyball Federation, Martin Kraščenič.
The CEV announced last Friday that Slovakia have stepped in as the fourth organiser of the CEV Women’s European Championship 2019 for their neighbours from the Czech Republic. “It is great news for us, and a truly historic opportunity. I am glad that I was able to fulfil the commitment that I made before my election. We are happy since this is like a special gift for us as next year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Volleyball in Slovakia. We will play our matches in Bratislava in the ice hockey arena named after Ondrej Nepela. I think this is a suitable venue for this kind of big event,” added Kraščenič.
Fenoglio, who follows in the footsteps of Marek Rojko, will start his mission with Slovakia in May. The team will meet the Czech Republic, Belarus and Spain in the pool stage of the Golden European League. “These are strong opponents, but my approach is to fight and never give up. I do not want to participate. I always want to win. I will try to make sure that my players share this same approach. I have coached men’s and women’s teams, and it is a completely different sport, only the name Volleyball stays the same. I try to train women the same way I work with men. It is not easy, but I try to implement the same approach I have had working with men when coaching women’s teams. With this type of approach, I have had good results this far,” Fenoglio concluded.