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Water Polo Canada hires Giuseppe 'Pino' Porzio

Giuseppe 'Pino' Porzio is the new head coach of the Canadian men's national team, local Italian media and his club Acquachiara announced on Monday. The former Posillipo and Pro Recco coach has a signed a contract binding him to the Canadian federation through the Olympic qualification tournament, to be held in Trieste, Italy from April 3-10. Porzio is the successor of Aleksandar Beslin who resigned late last year and will be looking to guide the Canada men to the 2016 Olympic Games. The Canada men are coming off a 9th place finish at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. First up for the team and their new head coach will be a training camp in Budapest, starting January 7.

Giuseppe Porzio is a highly successful former club coach winning numerous Italian national and European titles while coaching CN Posillipo and later Pro Recco. As a player for Posillipo and the Italian national team Porzio won 8 league titles, two Champions Cups and one Cup Winners Cup. With the Italian national team Porzio became Olympic champion in 1992, European champion in '93 and world champion the following year at home in Rome.

Pino Porzio will continue his work as General Counsel for the Naples based club of Acquachiara, where his brother Franco is honorary president. The coach therewith ''will remain based in Europe during the course of his current contract with WPC but will however travel to Canada to visit and act as an observer at the national team training center in Calgary, in late February or early March.

Brian Parillo will remain in his role of Lead Coach of the national team training center program while Neil Muir will continue to fulfill the responsibilities of Team Leader for the senior men’s group''.

Read the official Water Polo Canada communiqué here.

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