Castellani

Castellani is currently coaching in Türkiye with Fenerbahçe (Photo: CEV)

Legendary Argentinean head coach Daniel Castellani is set to embrace a new challenge as the 61-year-old veteran was appointed to lead his country’s women’s national team during the 2023 season.

A former player, Castellani will replace Hernan Ferraro, who led the Argentineans to their second Olympic appearance, at the Tokyo Olympics, where they finished 11th, and helped the team advance to the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship for the first time earlier this year. It will be his first experience in charge of a women’s team.

The coach, who’s currently in charge of Turkish men’s team Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta, will also serve as a coordinator for Argentina’s youth national teams and will have a role in expanding and strengthening the development of young players in the country’s national and regional leagues.

“I’m really happy and honoured with this move,” Castellani said. “To coach Las Panteras (The Panthers, in Spanish) is a unique opportunity and a massive challenge. We have a lot of work to do.”

Castellani, who’s expected to lead the team for the first time during the 2023 Pan-American Games, which will take place in Santiago, Chile, from October 20-November 5, and has signed a six-year contract, was one of the greatest Argentinean players of all-time. He was part of the squads that took bronze at both the 1982 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

He retired in 1993 and one year later took over as the head coach of the Argentinean national team. He remained in the position until 1999 and helped the team take gold at the 1995 Pan-American Games and win multiple medals at the South American Championship and the America’s Cup. His national team experience also includes two years with Poland between 2009 and 2010, when he won the 2009 European Championship, and another two with Finland.

Castellani also has an extensive and successful club coaching career, having managed teams in his native Argentina, Italy, Poland, Türkiye and Brazil while winning national titles in four of these countries.