Bernardo Rocha de Rezende known as Bernardinho (born Aug 25, 1959 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian volleyball coach and former volleyball player. He is the current coach of both Brazil men's national volleyball team and the female volleyball team Rio de Janeiro Vôlei Clube. Rezende is the most successful coach in the history of volleyball, accumulating more than 30 major titles in twenty-year career directing the Brazilian male and female teams.
Rezende played volleyball from 1979 to 1986, and competed in two editions of the
Olympic Games, winning the silver medal with the Brazilian team in the 1984 Summer Olympics, playing in four matches of the tournament. He also finished sixth at the 1980 Summer Olympics. [1 ]
In 1988, Rezende started his coaching career as an assistant to
Bebeto de Freitas at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 1990 he became the coach of Italian female team Perugia, and remained there for two years. In 1990 he became coach of Brazil's female team, leaving in 2000 after leading them to two bronze Olympic medals and three FIVB World Grand Prix titles. Since 2001, Bernardinho has been the coach of the male team, with whom he won the Olympic title in 2004, three World Championships, two World Cups and eight World Leagues. [2 ]
Since 1999, Rezende is married to volleyball player
Fernanda Venturini, with whom he has two daughters. From his previous marriage to player Vera Mossa he had a son who currently plays for the Brazilian volleyball team, Bruno Rezende.
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