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Sep '11 22

EBCA Convention Prague 2011 – Meet the Speakers – Marco Mazzieri

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by European Baseball Coaches Association (EBCA)

The International Sports Group is always bringing talented speakers to the EBCA Convention as well as to clinics all over Europe. But what makes the EBCA event so special is its ability to add quality international speakers. The EBCA Convention has seen coaches from Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Netherlands and much more share their knowledge over the years. This edition will be no different as the 1st of the EBCA European speakers is no other than the reigning European champion, Marco Mazzieri.

The Italian national Team manager will speak in Prague, November 11 to 13. He will mostly focus on outfield play and team chemistry, an undervalued part of the game, that helped Italy to bounce back from a disastrous European championship a few years ago to a more fitting European crown after Marco took over the Squadra Azzura.

Marco Mazzieri’s Bio:

Description : Marco Mazzieri, Team Italy’s head coach during the WBCBorn December 20, 1962 in Grosseto, Tuscany Italy

Marco Mazzieri became manager of the Italian national team in 2007.

He played from 1982-2000 for Grosseto as an outfielder, helping them to two titles in Serie A1. He hit .297/.403/.400 in his career and stole 234 bases in 305 tries, scoring 958 runs over 1,022 games with 1182 hits).

Mazzieri played 87 games for the Italian national team as well.

He also played for Italy in the 1986, 1988, 1990 Baseball World Cups, in the Intercontinental Cup 1989 and in 1985,87,89 European Cups.

Marco coached for Grosseto, leading them to the semifinals in 2002.

Mazzieri managed the Italian Cadets team in the Babe Ruth World Series in 2003, then the Junior national team for the European Cup in 2005 and 2007 (winning the Title in 2007 after 6 years) and in he Junior World Cup in Cuba in 2006.

In October 2007 he took over as the Manager of the senior national team after a disappointing 7th-place finish in the 2007 European Championship.

Mazzieri guided Italy to a 3-4 record in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. They were the only team to beat the Gold Medalist Team USA but they lost their last three games to miss the quarterfinals.

Mazzieri was skipper of Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and then took them to the title in the 2010 European Championship, their first Gold Medal in the event since 1997 and to the first time ever Bronze Medal in the 2010 last Intercontinenal Cup in Taiwan (beating Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei).

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