Andrea Gardini

Andrea Gardini (born 1 October 1965) is an Italian volleyball coach and former player, a silver (Atlanta 1996) and bronze (Sydney 2000) Olympic Games medallist, three–time World Champion (1990, 1994, 1998), four–time European Champion (1989, 1993, 1995, 1999), seven–time Italian Champion. Gardini was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Andrea Gardini
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Gardini as ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle head coach in 2018
Personal information
NationalityItaly Italian
Born (1965-10-01) 1 October 1965 (age 57)
Bagnacavallo, Italy
Height2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Coaching information
Previous teams coached
Italy (AC)
Poland (AC)
AZS Olsztyn
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Gas Sales Piacenza
Jastrzębski Węgiel
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle blocker
Pallavolo Torino
Zinella Volley
Sisley Treviso
Messaggero Ravenna
Sisley Treviso
Roma Volley
Modena Volley
Volley Piacenza
National team
1986–2000 Italy (418)

Personal lifeEdit

His son Davide (born 1999), is also a volleyball player.


As a coachEdit

In 2011, he became an assistant coach of Andrea Anastasi in the Polish national volleyball team. On 10 July 2011, they led Poland to a bronze medal of the 2011 World League, the nation's first ever World League medal.[1] On 18 September 2011, Poland, led by Anastasi and Gardini, won a bronze medal at the 2011 European Championship.[2] In the same year, their team won a silver medal at the 2011 World Cup and qualified for the Olympic Games London 2012. For the first time in its history, the Polish national team won three medals in one year. On 8 July 2012, Poland won the final match of the 2012 World League against United States (3–0).[3] In October 2013, Anastasi and Gardini were dismissed as coaches of the Polish national team.[4]

On 22 December 2014, he was appointed new head coach of the Polish team, Indykpol AZS Olsztyn. In May 2015, he signed a new contract with the club from Olsztyn.

Sporting achievementsEdit

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Individual awardsEdit

State awardsEdit


  1. ^ "Triumphant Poland gain first ever World League medal after winning bronze". 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Bartosz Kurek is the man of the day as Poland strikes bronze at EuroVolley". CEV. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Reprezentacja Polski wygrała Ligę Światową 2012". (in Polish). 8 July 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Andrea Anastasi zwolniony z funkcji trenera reprezentacji siatkarzy". (in Polish). 24 October 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2021.

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