Today we feature Roberto Santilli. Roberto just won the 2020-2021 South-Korean KOVO V-League with the team of Incheon Korean Air Jumbos. Congrats!
But Roberto's experiences go much further than this recent victory. He has coached for over 2 decades in Italy, Poland, Russia and was coach of the Australian National mens program. He for sure has a very rich coaching experience. Enjoy his answers to our questions.
Roberto, why and how many years ago did you decide to commit to being a professional volleyball coach? What pushed you towards that decision?
It was 1978. I was 13 years old and in my hometown, Rome, I went to see the world volleyball championship final, Italy v Russia.
There were 15,000 spectators in the stadium and I couldn’t conceive all the types of emotions I felt.
This experience really had a deep impact on me and I fell in love with the sport. I’ve spent the rest of my life chasing my love all around the world.
Choices in life are made because of the models we find in our life and I had a real role model in my father, even though he didn’t coach, he always enjoyed gathering the children of our family and instructed them how to play sports, get better at kicking a soccer ball, ...
He really instilled that coaching passion in me.
What advice would you give yourself as a starting coach? An advice that is so clear and logical for you now, but that you had to develop over the years.