Fernando Bonatto Out, Anderson Rodrigues In For Vôlei Bauru

  0 Liam Smith | March 21st, 2018 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball


Vôlei Bauru did not take long to start thinking about its squad for Superliga’s 2018-19 season. After only 3 days of being eliminated from the competition by Uberlândia in the quarterfinals, the team has announced coach Anderson Rodrigues as its new head coach, according to famous Brazilian volleyball blogger Bruno Voloch. A former Brazilian national team standout and Olympic gold medalist as a player, Anderson is 43 years old, and last coached Switzerland’s Volero Zurich, which he left a few weeks ago citing personal reasons. Also according to the blogger, Bauru extended Valquiria Dullius’ and Andressa Picusso’s contracts, and is pretty close to extending Tifanny Abreu‘s ties with the club as well. Tifanny became famous in Brazil’s Superliga for being the first trans woman to ever play the female competition, going on to breaking a few scoring records along the way.

It makes sense that Bauru decided to fire coach Fernando Bonatto. Upon his hiring at the beginning of the season, we predicted that he was a poor fit with the club. Prior to Bauru, Fernando’s only experience as a Superliga volleyball coach had been a disastrous 2016-17 campaign at the head of Rio do Sul which saw him go 2-10 to start the season and get fired midway through it, a rare fact in Brazilian volleyball. With Bauru, he went 7-15, lost 8 games at a tie-break, and only classified to the playoffs as its 8 seed due to set average criteria (São Caetano had a 10-12 record). Such a performance is unacceptable for a team that invested heavily in its squad at the beginning of the season, including 2008 Olympic Games MVP and two time Olympic gold medalist Paula Pequeno.

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